Jersey City Criminal Defense Lawyer

An Aggressive and Persistent Advocate Who Will Fight Through the Trenches for You

If you have been arrested in New Jersey, such as for DWI/DUI, aggravated assault, drug charges, or theft, Artusa Law Firm PC can help. We have years of experience representing clients facing criminal issues and municipal court cases. In fact, Attorney Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq. has even been featured on NBC for his expertise in New Jersey DWI/DUI law. 

It is important to obtain legal representation from the start of your case to avoid unnecessary jail time and start strategizing a defense early. Soon after arrest, your attorney should request discovery, which is the evidence the state has against you. We can guide you through the criminal or municipal laws so that your rights are protected. Attorney Artusa knows how to hustle for his clients and will go through the trenches for them. With his unique background in personal and professional legal matters, he is capable and willing to fight for you through to the end.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our firm represents people who have been arrested for criminal cases in Jersey City and surrounding counties. Are you facing your first arrest and unsure of what to do? Is someone withholding information concerning your bail and when you will go to court? Regardless of your legal situation, we can help you. In particular, our firm handles a number of criminal cases, including:

  • Aggravated assault
  • DWI
  • Simple assault
  • Possession of CDS
  • Possession of CDS with intent to distribute
  • Possession of painkillers without a prescription
  • Violation of probation/parole
  • Violation of a restraining order
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Theft by deception
  • Sexual assault
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Resisting arrest
  • Terroristic threats

Call (201) 228-9815 or contact Artusa Law Firm PC online to learn more about how we can help you with your case.

DWI in New Jersey

One area of criminal defense that our firm has significant experience in is DWI. Recall that a motorist who drives a vehicle while under the influence or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more could be charged with DWI. The vehicle does not even need to be in actual motion to warrant a charge; merely physical control (sitting at the wheel) is enough for a charge.

The consequences of DWI will range depending on the number of prior convictions. For instance, a first offense could warrant up to 30 days in jail, but a second offense entails up to 90 days in jail, as well as up to $1,000 in fines. Visit our DWI page to learn more about the specific penalties upon conviction.

Additionally, like many states, New Jersey implements an “implied consent” law that presumes every driver will submit to a breathalyzer test. Refusal could result in months to years of license revocation and hundreds in fines.

Our firm represents individuals in more cases than just DWI, of course, and the above is only one example of our legal experience. If you have been arrested in Jersey City for any criminal charge, you will need a criminal defense lawyer to fight for you. Attorney Artusa, Jr. is skilled in criminal defense and will strategize a powerful case to mitigate the issues you are facing. He will try his best to negotiate a favorable deal for your case.

How Artusa Law Firm PC Will Represent You

Don’t let a criminal record negatively impact your future ahead of you. Don’t take any chance without a fight when criminal charges are filed against you; Attorney Artusa, Jr. is ready to help you from the start to the end of your case. We can be with you at CJP (Central Judicial Processing) at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City or in Jersey City Municipal Court or elsewhere in New Jersey where you may enter your not-guilty plea. From there, we will request discovery to see what evidence the prosecution will try to use against you. With that information, we will try to dissect which evidence may be excluded by way of motion, which evidence may be hearsay, and which evidence may be the most consequential. Additionally, we can also help you determine what relief options or alternatives you may be eligible for, such as:

  • conditional discharge;
  • PTI-Pre-trial intervention;
  • PTI appeals;
  • drug court;
  • probation;
  • other options to keep you out of jail and protect your criminal record.


Time is of the essence. Get started on your defense strategy immediately with Artusa Law Firm PC. Call (201) 228-9815 or contact us online.

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