The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) was established in 1985. Today, the ACDL-NJ has grown to more than 400 members from the 21 counties in the state. Membership is available to criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey in both public practice and in the private sector. The attorneys in the organization practice in the courts at the local, state and federal level.
The organization is headquartered in West Allenhurst, NJ. It provides a unified voice for members of the criminal defense bar in the State of New Jersey. Additionally, through support, CLE seminars, and networking opportunities it helps criminal defense attorneys improve their practice. The ACDL-NJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
ACDL-NJ was established "to respond to the continuing problems confronting criminal defense lawyers when they honestly, ethically, but zealously represent their clients; to protect and insure compliance with those individual rights guaranteed by the New Jersey and United States Constitutions; and to encourage cooperation among criminal defense lawyers engaged in the furtherance of those objectives."
The benefits of joining ACDL-NJ include:
Members of ACDL-NJ have the opportunity to serve on various committees including:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey which includes both ACDL-NJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the ACDL-NJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for ACDL-NJ past presidents and ACDL-NJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the ACDL-NJ.
Use this directory to find a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.