OVER 40 YEARS CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE
The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary have represented people accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses in Bergen County, Hudson County and throughout New Jersey.
OVER 40 YEARS CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE
The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary

Representative Case Results

 
Brian J. Neary and his firm's attorneys have handled many thousands of cases over 40 years in criminal defense practice, including some of the most complicated and highest-profile cases in New Jersey history. Yet, every week, he and his Associates bring the same rigorous approach to defending ALL of their clients. They know that when you're facing a criminal charge, no matter how serious or seemingly "minor," it's extremely important to you. Here is a small sampling of representative case results. Every single case is different and dependent on the specific circumstances involved, so consult with Attorney Neary at the earliest possible time so he can get the facts and give you his advice on how to proceed.

Federal Extortion: No Charges Brought

A member of the New Jersey Governor’s cabinet became the focus of a federal investigation based on a local mayor’s charge of extortion.  We fully investigated the charges and cooperated with the United States Attorney’s Office.  Amid the indictments against the “Bridgegate” defendants, our client’s investigation was formally cleared with no charges.


Illegal Distribution: Not Guilty

Four AIDS activists were charged with the illegal distribution of narcotic paraphernalia. The “necessity” defense was advised through expert testimony—that clean needles saved intravenous drug users’ lives. A Jersey City judge found all defendants “not guilty.”


Sexual Assault: Charges Dismissed

A popular high school teacher (and big-time college basketball referee) was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor. We challenged the police methods of questioning the child and convinced a judge to suppress the child’s statement as the product of undue suggestion. The Bergen County Prosecutor was forced to dismiss all charges.


Attempted Murder: Charges Dismissed

An accountant was charged with the attempted murder of his former wife’s lawyer. A six-week trial included the testimony of cooperating witnesses, including several lawyers, and intense, often fiery cross-examination. After a month-long trial, a Monmouth County jury could not reach a verdict. All charges were later dismissed.


Theft & Misconduct Charges: Acquittal

A long-time police chief in Central New Jersey was charged with numerous counts of theft and official misconduct—by members of his own police force. A four-week trial featured the vigorous cross-examination of police department supervisors as they testified against their former chief. In less than an hour, the police chief was acquitted of all charges.


Weapons Charges: Reduced Sentence

Defendant was indicted for firearms possession – including a discharge of a gun.  In the New Jersey State Superior Court, such offenses have mandatory jail sentences of 5 years.  We negotiated a plea to waive the mandatory sentence and argued to the judge for a probationary sentence.  The judge – in a rare decision – gave Defendant probation and only 15 days.


Aggravated Manslaughter: Acquittal

A young mother was charged with multiple crimes of aggravated manslaughter for the Thanksgiving morning deaths of two people on the New Jersey Turnpike.  At trial, we challenged both her level of intoxication and the accidents causation.  After a month long trial, a Bergen County jury acquitted her of both deaths.


Murder Charge: Acquittal

A parole from the Western United States, along with his brother-in-law, was charged with his own father’s murder in a dark parking lot off Route 80.  A four month jury trial included challenges to cell tower tracking, cooperating witnesses and jail house tapes.  Both defendants were acquitted of the murder by a Bergen County grand jury.


Drug Charges: Dismissed on Appeal

Defendants were stopped at a DWI roadblock at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee and charged with drug offenses.  We challenged the roadblock as unconstitutional – an intrusion without probable cause on one of the nation’s busiest crossings.  After five days of testimony, a Bergen County judge ruled that the roadblock was unconstitutional.  An appeals court upheld the ruling.


Contempt of Court: Reversed on Appeal

A criminal defense lawyer was brought to a grand jury to reveal a fugitive client’s whereabouts.  He refused – and was held in contempt.  Brian J. Neary appealed the order that the lawyer’s silence was protected by the attorney-client privilege.  Both the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed with Brian J. Neary and the client’s secret was protected.


Federal Fraud: Probation Only

Defendant – along with other individuals and fuel companies – was indicted for fraud and tax evasion in the biofuel industry in the Midwest.  It was the largest such case in the Federal Court of Indiana.  Three years of representation and multiple trips to Indianapolis.  Co-defendant’s received sentences of 10 years or more.  Our client received probation.


Ethics Charges: Avoided Disbarment

Veteran criminal lawyer – with a reputation as a firebrand as a trial attorney was charged with numerous ethics violations, including racial comments to a judge.  By the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, a full hearing was conducted – including the judge and 12 others as witnesses.  The verdicts?  An admonition – despite the real possibility of disbarment.


Federal Health Care Fraud – Probation

A health care consultant was charged with federal fraud by the Veterans’ Administration. We engaged in long negotiations and sentence advocacy. Despite a high Guideline sentence recommendation, the Defendant received probation in the United States District Court in New Jersey.


Aggravated Sexual Assault Against a Minor : Charges Dismissed

A popular high school teacher (and big-time college basketball referee) was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor. We challenged the police methods of questioning the child and convinced a judge to suppress the child’s statement as the product of undue suggestion. The Bergen County Prosecutor was forced to dismiss all charges.


Hackensack Location

Law Offices of Brian J. Neary
21 Main Street | Court Plaza South, Suite 305
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 488-0544 | Fax: (201) 488-0240

Jersey City Location

Law Offices of Brian J. Neary
30 Montgomery Street | Suite 990
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: (201) 488-0544 | Fax: (201) 488-0240