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We’ve successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout our four decades of practice. Below is just a small sampling of some of the successful results we’ve achieved on behalf of our clients.

Sample Cases: Criminal Defense

Theft-by-deception case:

A municipal court administrator was charged with writing receipts for $1,904 cash payments that were never deposited. Penalties for conviction on the third-degree crime are three to five years in jail and a $15,000 fine. As part of an agreement negotiated by Mr. Beatrice, charges were dismissed after completion of a Pretrial Intervention (PTI) program.
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Theft and misconduct case:

A local police officer, president of the PBA, was charged with theft and misconduct in office. Mr. Beatrice argued at trial that the activities of the officer were not criminal and were, in fact, justified. The court agreed, and the officer was found Not Guilty.
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Theft and criminal mischief case:

A man accused of following a wealthy property owner’s orders to clear a 1.5-acre swath behind the owner’s mansion was charged with theft, criminal mischief, and other charges for clearing public parkland to build a private tennis court. The theft charge carried a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. After extensive motion practice and challenges by Mr. Beatrice, the indictment was dismissed.
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Criminal mischief and theft:

A woman was charged with removing political signs for a candidate running for town council. Mr. Beatrice argued that this wasn’t a criminal act and should not be treated as such. As a result, the charges were dismissed.
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Vehicular homicide case:

In 2009 an Iraq War veteran was charged with Death-by-Auto for a drunk-driving crash that killed two men who were changing a tire on the roadside, a charge that carried with it a maximum of 20 years with a mandatory minimum of 17 years without parole. As a result of his arguments that the blood tests were taken in violation of the man’s constitutional rights, Mr. Beatrice was able to get the charges reduced, saving his client about 15 years of prison time and eliminating the no-parole provisions.
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Resisting arrest and attempted bribery case:

A man from Villa Marcone, Italy, who had built a successful concrete business in New Jersey but had never applied for U.S. citizenship, was charged with resisting arrest and attempted bribery and was facing prison and deportation. As part of a plea agreement negotiated by Mr. Beatrice, he got a five-year probationary sentence and a $2,500 fine. Deportation charges were dismissed.
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Attempted murder and aggravated assault case:

In 1997 a Korean woman was accused of slashing another woman repeatedly with a box cutter. Mr. Beatrice argued that his client knew nothing about the incident, nor did she take part in the attack. Then, in 2000, the woman was injured in a car accident. Medical experts obtained by Mr. Beatrice for the defense all agreed that her injuries prevented her from being able to assist in her own defense. In 2002 the court ruled that the injuries sustained in a car accident had rendered the woman incompetent to stand trial and the indictment was dismissed.

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Narcotics possession case:

A man accused of transporting 200 kilos of cocaine was sentenced to eight years in prison as a result of a plea bargain, instead of 20 years. The Presiding Judge R.S. referred to the lenient plea deal worked out by defense attorney Michael J. Beatrice as, “the best I’ve ever seen in this courtroom.”
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Sexual misconduct and child endangerment case:

A clergyman/teacher pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child by touching a student’s genitals through his clothing. The teacher admitted there was truth to the allegations and was dismissed from his position. In a plea bargain negotiated by Mr. Beatrice, the clergyman received a non-prison sentence of probation and was required to undergo psychiatric treatment.

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Bribery case:

A physician charged with accepting illegal referral fees (bribes) in exchange for sending blood tests to a lab was sentenced to 24 months in prison, instead of five years, as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Mr. Beatrice.
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Criminal harassment and coercion case:

An IRS agent/volunteer fireman was accused of threatening to order an audit of a policeman’s tax returns. The policeman had investigated complaints about firemen driving firetrucks recklessly, an accusation that the fire department denied. Despite strained relations between the police and fire departments in the borough, Mr. Beatrice was able to reach a plea agreement for the IRS agent, sparing his client an 18-month prison sentence.
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Sample Cases: DWI / DUI Defense

State v. N.B.:

Second offense DWI. The defendant was acquitted after a trial where Mr. Beatrice forced State Trooper on cross-examination to admit to errors in field test and breath testing procedures.

State v. M.C.:

Business owner charged with DWI. After motions were filed by Mr. Beatrice, charges were dismissed.

State v. M.D.:

Defendant charged with a second offense DWI. After Mr. Beatrice discovered Constitutional violations, he filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence, which was granted. DWI dismissed.

State v. P.D.:

Defendant charged with School Zone DWI and Refusal. Dismissed.

State v. A.F.:

DWI dismissed after medical defense advanced by Mr. Beatrice negated field tests.

State v. J.K.:

Third offense DWI. After Mr. Beatrice won a Motion to Suppress Evidence, the DWI was dismissed.

State v. M.L.:

Second Offense DWI. Using a very sophisticated technique, Mr. Beatrice filed a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief and was able to vacate the first DWI, resulting in a 21-month reduction in the defendant’s license suspension.

State v. C.D.:

Second Offense DWI. Mr. Beatrice convinced State that there were proof problems with regard to the operation and search and arrest. DWI dismissed.

State v. A.S.:

Mr. Beatrice filed a Motion to Suppress. State dismissed after legal argument won by the defense.

State v. M.S.:

Second Offense DWI dismissed after Mr. Beatrice filed a motion for Lack of Jurisdiction on search and arrest, which was granted.

Sample Cases: Civil Lawsuits

Wrongful termination case:

Two zoning officers appealed a judge’s decision to dismiss their claim that they wrongfully lost their jobs when the town switched to a regional service. Mr. Beatrice argued that town officials had ignored their tenure and a state statute forbidding volunteer firefighters from being fired from governmental jobs for political reasons.
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Education association case:

The 130-member Waldwick Education Association had worked without a contract for several months. Mr. Beatrice successfully negotiated the settlement.
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Education association case:

The 365-member Ridgewood Education Association reached a contract settlement with the help of Michael J. Beatrice who helped negotiate the terms of their salary-hike demands, which were the highest in the county at the time.

Sample Cases: Personal Injury

Assault and lack of security case:

While talking to his girlfriend in a bar, a man was assaulted by another patron and was stabbed in the neck, receiving a life-threatening injury. When the man recovered, Mr. Beatrice filed suit against the bar owner for a lack of security. At trial, Mr. Beatrice creatively used security experts to establish liability, and the jury returned with a six-figure verdict for the Plaintiff.

Auto accident case:

A young woman was driving on NJ Route 17 when her car was struck by a drunk driver. Her ankle was seriously injured and required surgery. After extensive negotiations, Mr. Beatrice was able to obtain a significant six-figure settlement for her.

Auto accident / wrongful death case:

A teenage boy was a passenger in a car when the driver, who was intoxicated, hit a telephone pole. Mr. Beatrice, after preparing for trial, was able to resolve the case for a substantial, six-figure settlement.

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You deserve the best legal representation possible. Michael J. Beatrice, P.C., Attorney at Law is the experienced attorney you’ve been looking for. Contact us online or call 201-897-3570 today for a free, confidential consultation regarding your situation.