Immigration Law:
  Criminal Law:

         The lawyers at the Law Office of Joseph A. Raia can help guide you through your court proceedings.  They will analyze the facts of the case, along with the applicable case law, and help you determine a plan to handle your matter.  They will file motions on your behalf when they believe it could help your situation.  These motions will challenge the legitimacy of the arrest in many different ways.  They will argue these motions before a judge and help you get the results that you desire.

         The lawyers at the Law Office of Joseph A. Raia have extensive knowledge and experience in the area of criminal law.  Joseph A. Raia is a past chair of the county Juvenile Justice Panel, a former municipal prosecutor, and has tried numerous cases in municipal, state and federal court.  William J. Quirk is a former Superior Court law clerk and is a municipal court public defender.  When you are involved in the court system, you need experienced representation, and the lawyers at the Law Office of Joseph A. Raia can provide that to you.

  • Drug Cases
    Drug Cases are serious situations.  The state laws regarding drug offenses are strict and the consequences of being found guilty are harsh.  Indictable drug crimes carry prison sentences, as well as heavy fines and loss of your driving privileges in the state.  Some offenses, including ones that occur in school zones, near public housing facilities, and in public parks carry mandatory minimum imprisonment penalties.

  • Sex Crimes

    The mere accusation that an individual has been involved in a sex crime can have a significant and lasting impact on their lives. The stigma that accompanies these type of allegations can ruin families, friendships and businesses.  A sex crime conviction can carry with it lifelong consequences.  Outside of heavy fines, a prison sentence, or a period of time in a sex offender rehabilitation center, sex crimes carry with them the penalties of Megan’s Law registration, DNA registration, and parole supervision for life.

  • DWI

    If you drive in New Jersey after imbibing alcohol and you are stopped by the police, you can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over .08.  Reaching a .08 BAC is easier than most people imagine, and in many instances, while you may think you are “fine” to drive, you are over the legal limit.  A conviction for DWI in New Jersey carries stiff penalties.  A first offense will carry penalties including a heavy fine, mandatory attendance at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and a mandatory loss of driving privileges.  A second conviction carries with it enhanced penalties and a longer loss of license.  A third conviction carries with it a mandatory prison sentence.

  • Municipal Court

    Disorderly persons offenses such as simple assault, petty drug possession, loitering, and harassment are usually handled by the municipal courts in New Jersey.  Just because a matter is heard in municipal, as opposed to Superior Court does not mean you should not consult with a lawyer.  The penalties for disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey can include fines, probation, and even jail.

  • Traffic Court

    Most people have been stopped by the police and been issued a motor vehicle summons at some time in their lives. In many instances, this is the only interaction a person will ever have with the court system in New Jersey.  For many people, their first time being in a courtroom is an unnerving and difficult experience.  Most people who come to traffic court are concerned about the impact a conviction will have on their insurance rates.  An experienced lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case, along with your driving record and help you understand the possible consequences that you face.  If you have never received a ticket, you still face the possibility of increased insurance premiums and insurance surcharges if you are found guilty of a moving violation.  If you already have points on your license, you could face the possibility of losing your driving privileges.

  • Juvenile Court

    When persons under the age of 18 are accused of committing a crime, they face charges in juvenile court.  Juvenile proceedings, while different from Superior Court proceedings, are no less serious.  Young people still face serious consequences including juvenile detention.

  Family Law:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship




Korean immigration to the US
is one of the specialties of the Law Offices of Joseph A. Raia. Conveniently located in metropolitan New Jersey and downtown Seoul, they
are skilled in all Asian immigration issues and can
help obtain all kinds of visas, including H1B visas and F Visas.

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Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: (201) 541-3830

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