Robert Pentangelo, Esquire Attorney at Law is dedicated to winning the cases of clients throughout New Jersey, especially in Essex, Passaic, Bergen, Union, Morris and Hudson Counties. With our years of experience and open minded approach to the law, we pride ourselves on not only our creative lines of defense, but also that we work well with the other attorneys involved in your case. Our end goal is to get you the best possible outcome for your case.
We will take the time to make sure your case is argued well, and you get the outcome you’re looking for. Make your appointment to discuss your case with us today.
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I have been an attorney in New Jersey since June, 1983. In my career of over 30 years I have practiced in many fields of law—real estate, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, and personal injury. Most of what I have done in the last 15 years has been focused on defending and helping people with criminal, traffic, or drunk driving or “DWI/DUI” cases. So whether you have been accused of shoplifting, theft, assault, harassment, a firearms or drug or sex crime, reckless driving, speeding, driving while suspended or without insurance or leaving the scene of an accident or DWI I have won those cases in courts all over the northern and central New Jersey-Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Morris, Union, and Middlesex Counties. I have been a municipal prosecutor and Chief Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Jersey City. I have worked for both John Menzel, considered by many as the #1 DWI defense lawyer in New Jersey and for Brian Neary, renowned criminal defense lawyer from Hackensack.
When you decide to hire a lawyer on your case, you are making an important decision that can have permanent and far reaching consequences for your life, your family, your job, and your business.
An attorney, like me, can achieve the best possible result and do so in the most expeditious way, to save both your money and time.
I want to talk about “money issues” in hiring an attorney. In my experience, too many people make the wrong decision based upon legal fees. On the one hand, many people basically think that all lawyers are the same, so if they can save a few dollars or even many dollars that is all that counts. I have seen people apply for the public defender so they could get a free lawyer, since they “knew” from talking to a relative, boyfriend, girlfriend, coworker, or friend that if you got a serious charge like a drunk driving ticket, there is not much that can be done and since you are going to lose your license anyway, why spend any money
on a lawyer?
Those people are half-right--there is probably not much the public defender can do for you--sadly, most of the ones I have encountered are uninterested or unwilling to fight for their clients, and want to do a quick plea deal and move the case along to the next case. If you believe that there is no such thing as a free lunch or that you don’t get something for nothing then you know the public defender is basically one step above representing yourself. As my late father used to say, “you may not get what you pay for, but you will never get what you DON’T pay for.”
Then there is the next category of lawyers who have appeared on the scene in the last ten years—the municipal court mills that churn out thousands of letters every year to solicit clients. Our Supreme Court decided that it is ok for lawyers to “advertise” their services to those charged with criminal and traffic cases by sending solicitation letters to those unfortunate people. If the lawyer follows the rules on the content of the letters that the Court has laid down, they are doing nothing ethically wrong. So if you have been arrested, charged with some criminal offense or gotten a ticket for something you probably have gotten in the mail a large pile of letters from lawyers you do not know and wonder how and why they decided to contact you. Now you know. Having said that, in my view, these mass mailings are an invasion of privacy as they going to the address of the person on court records, so a parent, child, wife or husband can find out their “significant other” got some serious or embarrassing charge they did not know about.
But the “men of letters” also can only make money by charging low fees and by sending out lawyers to hit multiple courts every day of the week driving from one court to another to resolve a case, then as quickly as possible onto the next court which may be many miles away. Basically, they run from one court to another. Is this the level of attention you want for YOUR case?
There is one other situation where money makes people make a bad decision-this is where people who have the ability to pay will give certain “big name” lawyers huge amounts of money for their cases. Many of these lawyers are excellent and do a good job for their clients-who are overpaying for their services. It is ok to pay the right price for the right services, but to see many people empty their accounts to pay wealthy lawyers when that is not necessary is a sad thing—especially when it is so avoidable.
I pride myself on charging fair fees for the quality of work I do for my client-no, I cannot underbid the public defender or the “letter men” and I don’t look for the huge fees some lawyers demand and get; I charge a fair fee for high quality results. I hope you will contact me so we can discuss your case.
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