AREAS OF PRACTICE
Our firm has
enjoyed much success in defending DWI/DUI cases. While the law is largely
stacked against the defendant, there are numerous defenses available which can
result in a not guilty verdict, or alternatively, a substantial reduction in
suspension time, or an elimination of mandatory jail time by way of Post-Conviction
Kologi * Simitz has handled literally hundreds
of DWI cases, having tried many to a conclusion. When an
unjust decision ensues, we have an extensive record of appeals
to the Law and Appellate Divisions of the Superior Court, and to the New Jersey
Supreme Court. One of our significant unreported decisions, State
v. Mellage (A-394 9-93), established the predicate
for the Gastroesophageal Reflux defense. We have
successfully challenged cases based upon lack of probable cause for
the initial stop; technical problems with the Alcotest; deficiencies
in blood sample extraction; invalid road blocks; dental appliance retention of
mouth alcohol; and a myriad of other issues.
Our firm also works with a number of expert witnesses who are well
versed in all aspects of DWI cases and assist in our clients’ defense.
experience in Criminal matters is vast, having handled cases involving bank
robbery, narcotics manufacturing and distribution, aggravated assault, theft,
and arson. We also have defended a
number of public corruption cases and were recently successful in working with
the State to terminate four major investigations involving public officials
without any charges having been filed.
Even if a charge is not readily defensible, we endeavor to work with the
Prosecution toward negotiation of a satisfactory disposition which has the
least onerous impact upon the clients’ record.
Municipal Court cases involve harsher penalties than ever before, it is
critical to have an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with this area of the
law. Mr. Kologi is a former member of
the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Certification, and
has handled hundreds of such cases, including driving while suspended, leaving
the scene of an accident, excessive speed and no liability insurance. We also regularly defend quasi-criminal
matters including assault, harassment, shop lifting, and criminal trespass, which
will result in a mark on your criminal history if convicted.
Our firm has
long represented injured parties in all types of accident/negligence matters
involving automobiles; slip/trip and falls; medical malpractice; and work
related injuries. It is imperative that
an attorney be engaged quickly in these cases to insure that all pertinent
evidence is preserved and witnesses located.
An accident victim and their family also needs guidance in collateral
areas such as payment of medical bills and receipt of disability benefits. We do everything possible to insure maximum
compensation for our clients’ injuries, pain and suffering and economic
loss. These matters are taken on a
contingency basis and if there is no recovery, there are no legal fees.
it a tremendous compliment that Judges, Attorneys and Public Officials seek our
representation in ethics related matters before the Judicial Advisory Committee
on Judicial Ethics, District Ethics Committees, Disciplinary Review
Board and the Local Finance Board. Mr. Kologi
recently argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in an Attorney Ethics case
and was successful in obtaining a reversal of a suspension imposed below. The confidence of our peers is highly valued,
we do everything possible to preserve their reputations and obtain a favorable
segment of our practice is devoted to defending municipalities, counties and
their officials in Federal and State courts in civil rights (42 U.S.C. 1983);
New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and Conscientious Employee Protection Act
(Whistleblower) lawsuits. We also
represent Plaintiffs in such cases, as well as in Consumer Fraud Act and
general civil matters.