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Former Prosecutor with Experience on Both Sides 

At Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC, our criminal defense lawyer is an advocate for the preservation of our clients’ rights and interests. When we handle a criminal law matter, we provide the highest standard of legal care defined by courteous, tailored, and highly responsive service.

When you choose to entrust your case with our team, we will provide you with the following:

  • Insider knowledge as a former prosecutor
  • A trial-tested advocate
  • Highly rated attorney by peers and clients
  • Decades of proven experience and results
  • Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer by the New Jersey Supreme Court

Donahue's Experience as a Former Prosecutor

We are backed by extensive knowledge of local courts and procedures. Having served as a former prosecutor, Attorney Joseph R. Donahue has a deep understanding of:

  • The inner workings of prosecutors’ offices
  • How they perceive particular offenses
  • How prosecutors assemble cases
  • The mitigating and aggravating factors that are important to prosecutors

This insider knowledge better enables our firm to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of a case and anticipate the type of approach a prosecutor may take.

Our Unique Approach

In every case, we put our client in the best possible position. Our first goal is always to obtain a case dismissal or acquittal when possible. If this is not achieved, we seek to minimize any criminal or collateral consequences through all possible legal means. If a plea agreement is considered, we evaluate the full impact of a plea agreement on our clients, including alternative sentencing options and measures that can minimize the impact on our client’s records.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Our attorney is a resolute advocate who never hesitates to take a case to trial if our firm feels it is in the best interests of a client. We work diligently and aggressively to preserve our clients’ rights at all phases of a case. As a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Attorney Donahue is prepared to fight for your rights. Start today with a free consultation.

Call (201) 574-7919 to get started.

How We Can Help

  • Why Hire Us?
    Get 30 Years of Combined Experience on Your Side.
  • Proven Track Record
    Our Top Trial Law Firm Is Known for Results.
  • Client Testimonials
    We Come Recommended by Peers & Clients Alike.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

Recent Case Victories

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • Dismissal of Charges for Babysitter Accused of Sexual Assault of Two Children

    Client accused of sexually assaulting two children. Compiled exculpatory information through the use of a private investigator which showed inconsistencies in both the victims’ account of the alleged incidents as well as the victims’ mother’s account of the alleged incidents. This exculpatory information led to a no bill by the Grand Jury.

  • Complete Acquittal for Physician Accused of Sexual Misconduct
    Not guilty verdict in Bergen County Superior Court jury trial obtained on behalf of a physician charged with sexual assault of a minor. Successfully challenged the credibility of the alleged victim and used video of client's statement to police to demonstrate lack of any criminal intent on his part.
  • Complete Acquittal for Client Charged as a Third Time DWI Offender
    Complete acquittal in Municipal Court bench trial obtained on behalf of a client charged with his third DWI. Successfully challenged the field sobriety tests and the Alcotest results by utilizing expert testimony and by challenging flawed police procedure. Client avoided the mandatory 180 day jail sentence and the mandatory 10 year loss of license required under New Jersey law.
  • Complete Acquittal for Bar Patron Accused of Aggravated Assault

    Acquittal in Passaic County Superior Court jury trial obtained on behalf of a patron of a bar charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Successfully challenged identification of bar bouncer and the findings of the treating neurosurgeon.

  • Complete Acquittal at Jury Trial of Client Accused of Possession of over 1,000 Kilograms of Cocaine and Marijuana
    One of the largest drug seizures by the New Jersey State Police. Successfully challenged testimony of New Jersey State Troopers attempting to convict client of charges that would result in 10 to 20 years in jail.
  • Charges Dropped for Battered Woman Accused of Numerous Counts of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
    Secured dismissal for client accused of multiple acts of aggravated assault, assault and terroristic threats upon her ex-husband. Was able to compile information both in the form of documentary and testimonial evidence which established client as a battered woman.

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