New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Office of Michael Pastacaldi, LLC is a defense firm that is focused in the area of criminal and DYFS defense along with serving in other areas in Hudson County, New Jersey. Although Mr. Pastacaldi’s practice is located in Jersey City in Hudson County, he has represented clients throughout the state of New Jersey. Mr. Pastacaldi began his career as a post-conviction relief lawyer in New Jersey in which he represented individuals who alleged they were wrongfully incarcerated due violations of their constitutional rights. This is a specialized area of criminal defense law that requires the defense attorney to thoroughly understand the criminal defense process to succeed in petitioning a court for relief.

In 2014, Mr. Pastacaldi has earned high acclaim as a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer for his defense and exoneration of Rodney Roberts, who spent 17 years incarcerated for a rape he did not commit. It was through Mr. Pastacaldi’s aggressive representation by filing post-conviction relief motions leading to the discovery of untested DNA evidence that Mr. Roberts won back his freedom. That same year, Mr. Pastacaldi represented a defendant on appeal another high profile case in State v. John Tate. Before a full panel of Justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Mr. Pastacaldi argued and won a unanimous decision in which they vacated the defendant’s conviction and remanded the matter to the trial proceedings. Mr. Tate would later have the entirety of the indictment and criminal charges dismissed.

In addition to these high profile cases, Mr. Pastacaldi has represented hundreds of defendants in the municipal courts throughout the state of New Jersey. He is currently a Public Defender in Jersey City municipal court and the Hackensack municipal court. Whether it is a traffic ticket or a disorderly conduct offense, Mr. Pastacaldi shows the same passion and individualized attention to these municipal matters that he shows in serious felony matters in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Presently, Mr. Pastacaldi’s office remains in Jersey City, and he continues to represent many clients with matters in the Hudson County Superior Court, Jersey City Municipal Court in his capacity as a criminal defense attorney. Although many of his clients reside in Hudson County and Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and other cities in Northern New Jersey, Mr. Pastacaldi has represented many clients in criminal defense matters throughout the state of New Jersey. He has also expanded his criminal defense practice to include the filing of expungements, DUI representation in the municipal courts, and complex post-conviction relief matters.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Mr. Pastacaldi’s defense practice is the satisfaction of having represented and helped numerous parents in DYFS matters in Hudson County, Bergen County, Passaic county, and Essex County. Mr. Pastacaldi has represented hundreds of parents in these DYFS matters. Nothing is more devastating than having your child removed from your custody and placed in foster care by DYFS. Through aggressive and passionate representation, Mr. Pastacaldi takes on the DYFS lawyers in helping parents be reunified with their children and dismissing their DYFS cases.

Additionally, Mr. Pastacaldi has helped reunite individuals who are in ICE custody with their love ones through post-conviction relief petitions. As the Department of Homeland Security becomes more aggressive about deporting non-citizens with a criminal conviction, immigration attorneys have turned to help from Mr. Pastacaldi to help prevent deportation by vacating the criminal conviction through post-conviction relief proceedings. Through his hard work and dedication to his clients, Mr. Pastacaldi has been successful in bringing ICE detainees home to their love ones through successful post-conviction relief petitions.

Throughout his career as a criminal defense lawyer and parental rights lawyer in New Jersey, Mr. Pastacaldi puts his clients first by working closely with them to ease their concerns and ensuring all their questions are answered and responded to promptly. Good communication is at the hallmark of his practice along with this individualized attention to each client’s case. This also means clients being able to schedule office visits after hours during week days and on the weekends to accommodate his clients’ work schedules. You may visit Mr. Pastacaldi’s AVVO web page and his google reviews posted by former clients.

Mr. Pastacaldi also gives back to the legal community. He has also been a guest lecturer at Columbia University on the subject of criminal defense and his experiences as a New Jersey criminal defense attorney. Moreover, Mr. Pastacaldi continues to be actively involved in Seton Hall Law School’s interscholastic moot court team, where he was a moot court finalist in a national competition while at Seton Hall Law School. He has been a guest judge and coach to the law students.

Whether you have a family member that you feel has been wrongfully incarcerated and is seeking to file a post-conviction relief application or if you or a family member is facing criminal charges, Mr. Pastacaldi will be there to provide professional, aggressive, and individualized attention to your case to ensure your rights are protected. Call today for a consultation at 201-630-0065.

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