Haveson and Otis

Haveson and Otis

General Practice Criminal Defense Attorneys

Firm Overview

Practice Areas:
-Criminal Defense
-Real Estate
-Wills and Estate Planning

Main Office

Main Office
194 Nassau Street
Princeton NJ 08542


(609) 921-0090


(609) 683-4636


We handle all criminal cases, federal and State, as well as traffic matters, driving while intoxicated, suspended or revoked licenses, driving without insurance.

We are certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Criminal Trial Attorneys.

We also handle estate planning and administration, residential real estate and personal injury cases of all kinds.

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Hal K. Haveson

Haveson and Otis


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Whether

Mr. Haveson was the Chief Trial Attorney in the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office (1977-1985) where he held the positions of Chief of the Homicide Unit, Chief of the Career Criminal Unit, Chief of the Trial Section and Chief of the Juvenile Unit. Mr. Haveson prosecuted more than 75 jury trials, including 17 murder cases. He has served as Municipal Prosecutor in East Windsor and Lawrence Townships. Over the past 29 years he has gained extensive experience in criminal defense. His jury trials as a defense attorney have included numerous homicide cases. He has extensive experience in all types of State and federal criminal cases.

Practice areas:
-Criminal defense
-Real estate

Admitted to the Bar:
-New Jersey, 1976
-Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
-Supreme Court of the United States, 1994

-Catholic University of America, J.D., 1976
-Tufts University, B.S., 1973

HAVESON AND OTIS, 1985 - present
Partner in a general practice law firm with emphasis on federal and state criminal matters, municipal court, expungements and residential real estate matters. Criminal defense has included homicide cases and white collar defense in state and federal courts. Handled countless cases in all municipal courts in Mercer County and most of the courts in the surrounding counties. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

East Windsor Township, 1990
Lawrence Township (Acting) 1987

Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
Trenton, New Jersey
Chief Trial Attorney with responsibilities including Chief, Homicide Unit; Chief, Career Criminal Unit; Police Legal Advisor. Prosecuted 17 homicide cases to trial and verdict.

Certifications and affiliations:
Admitted to New Jersey Bar in December 1976. Admitted to practice in all the courts of New Jersey, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. Member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of attorneys representing criminal defendants in Federal Court in the District of New Jersey.

Community activities:
Past president of the Mercer County Bar Association. Former member of the Statewide Panel of the Supreme Court Committee on Character. Former member of District VII Ethics Committee. Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - New Jersey. Former member of the Newtown Friends School Board, Newtown, Pennsylvania.


Catholic University of America
Juris Doctorate, 1976

Kim A. Otis

Haveson and Otis


BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

New Jersey, 1979

Law school:
Seton Hall University, J.D.


Practice areas:
-Criminal defense
-Real estate
-Wills and estate planning

Mr. Otis is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. He served as Municipal Prosecutor in Montgomery Township, Somerset County from 2002-2007, as Municipal Prosecutor in both Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, Mercer County from 2005-2007 and as Municipal Prosecutor in Pennington Borough, Mercer County from 1988-1998. Mr. Otis was formerly Chief of the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit until 1985. He also served in the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Attorney General's Office from 1980-1981 and as Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul G. Levy, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He has vast experience in the defense of DWI/DUI cases and in major criminal cases, including defense of drug cases, sexual assault, money laundering and other major crimes, including federal cases in the District Court of New Jersey. He is one of a small number of attorneys in Mercer County certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

Mr. Otis is also an experienced and accomplished general practice attorney. He holds an advanced degree in Estate Planning. He has handled real estate purchases, sales and refinancings throughout central New Jersey for over 28 years. He has represented numerous small businesses in formation, lease negotiations and regulatory compliance. Mr. Otis has also handled numerous personal injury matters including deep tissue brain injury and automobile negligence. He has handled hundreds of expungements and landlord/tenant matters. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey in civil litigation matters.


Seton Hall University
Juris Doctorate,