Criminal Defense Attorney
in Newark, New Jersey

Life can take us on the strangest paths. One minute, you’re on top of the world, basking in positivity and confidence; the next minute, you’re at the wrong place at the wrong time, you’ve made a choice that you later come to regret, or you’re blamed for something you didn’t do. In the U.S., these various paths of life sometimes wind through the criminal justice system. You or someone you love may be on one of these paths. You or someone you love may be faced with criminal charges, wondering if your fortunes will ever turn.

The justice system can be a complex creature, threatening to overwhelm your best efforts at taming it. Just because you are innocent until proven guilty and have certain natural protections under the law does not mean that the cards aren’t stacked against someone accused of a crime. Fair and just treatment for criminal defendants is my passion; I’m here to help clear a path for you and your loved ones to receive fair and favorable treatment under the law.

For more than 40 years, I have fought aggressively and passionately on behalf of people who have found themselves on the wrong path, for one reason or another. As a criminal defense attorney based in Newark, I also service Clifton, East Orange, West Orange, Montclair, and all surrounding areas where I have worked with those charged with criminal offenses since 1985. The emotions and stress that come with a criminal charge can feel overwhelming, but every single person has a right to fairness, a good defense, and freedom, and I will fight for you to achieve all. Contact me at Joseph A. Fortunato Law Offices today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Types of Criminal Cases

Criminal cases and the laws that surround them are as varied as the types of clients I have worked with in my offices. The typical penalties for crime in New Jersey can range anywhere from a minor citation to something much weightier. Some common types of criminal conduct include: 

  • Domestic violence
  • Gun Charges
  • Drug Charges
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Vandalism
  • Robbery
  • Disorderly Conduct

In each of these types of conduct, there are several definitions and provisions regarding that category. These provisions may be different depending on the state. For instance, in New Jersey, refusing any chemical testing for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is grounds for automatic suspension of your license. Once your license has been suspended in New Jersey, this cannot be undone; no conditional driver’s licenses can be issued. Making you aware of these conditions, and others like them, is one of the roles of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

I serve the needs of clients in Montclair, West Orange, East Orange, Clifton, Newark, and throughout the state of New Jersey.

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Why You Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is common for you and your loved ones to feel a sharp sense of uncertainty when faced with a criminal charge. In these types of cases, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best option. Working with you and working for justice, I will take action to pursue a favorable outcome.

When you have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you can feel confident that your voice will be heard, that your story will be told, and that your rights will be passionately fought for from the beginning of the process to the end. I will learn the details of your situation, explain your rights under the law, and help you understand the legal options available to you in the criminal justice system. I will fight for you to help you regain the confidence you need to find the right path again.

 Whether you are innocent, or you made a decision you’ve come to regret, I am here for you. It is unwise to try to navigate the justice system without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side --  I am ready to help you take action to make things right for you and those you love. Get the process started today by calling my office in the greater Newark, New Jersey area and scheduling a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

I represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey, including Newark, Clifton, East Orange, West Orange, and Montclair.

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Newark, New Jersey

You don’t have to remain helpless in the face of a criminal charge; you have the right to pursue fair and just treatment by taking legal action. Reach out to an experienced lawyer here in Newark, New Jersey. It’s just your first step on your next path. You can get in touch with me at Joseph A. Fortunato Law Offices in Newark, New Jersey today for dedicated legal representation.