Law Office of Joseph Donatiello

Law Office of Joseph Donatiello

When you are in need of assistance, call someone who will provide the diligent, experienced, and quality work you deserve.

Firm Overview

Whether you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey or New York, wish to appeal the assessment of your property value by the State, wish to appeal a criminal conviction, or want to have your criminal record expunged, Joseph Donatiello can provide you with the guidance you need.

Main Office

Main Office
405 Centre Street
Nutley NJ 07110


(908) 693-9201


When you are in need of assistance, call someone who will provide the diligent, experienced, and quality work you deserve.

New Jersey Municipal Court

The Municipal Courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle offenses (for example, driving while intoxicated or driving while suspended), parking tickets, minor criminal-type offenses (for example, simple assault and bad checks), municipal ordinance offenses (such as dog barking or building code violations), and other offenses, such as fish and game violations.

A Municipal Court usually has jurisdiction only over cases that occur within the boundaries of its municipality. Many serious criminal cases, such as robbery, auto theft, or assault, start out as complaints filed in the Municipal Court but are then transferred to the Superior Court located at the county courthouse.

Each municipality in the State has a municipal court that handles cases which occurred within that town. For more information about the municipal court that you are facing charges in, please click the link below for the addresses of New Jersey Municipal Courts.

Mr. Donatiello represents clients charged with crimes and motor vehicle offenses in Municipal Courts throughout the State of New Jersey.

Typically, his clients are charged with offenses such as:

-Driving While Intoxicated (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50)
-Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.2)
-Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance, (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10)
-Assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a)
-Harassment (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4)
-Possession of a Weapon (N.J.S.A. 2C:39-2 through 16)
-Driving While Suspended (N.J.S.A. 39:3-40)
-Careless/Reckless Driving (N.J.S.A. 39:4-96/97)
-Speeding (N.J.S.A. 39:4-98).

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Donatiello worked as the judicial law clerk for a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, as a New York City Prosecutor, and as an associate at one of New Jersey's Premier Criminal Defense Firms.

Mr. Donatiello is a graduate of The College of New Jersey. He received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law- Newark and is admitted to practice in both New Jersey and New York. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Nutley Lawyers Club.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Joseph Donatiello is devoted to vigorously representing his clients throughout New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Joseph Donatiello

Law Office of Joseph Donatiello

Mr. Donatiello was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. After graduating high school, he went on to The College of New Jersey, where he graduated with a B.A. in History in 2006.

After graduating college, Mr. Donatiello attended Rutgers School of Law- Newark, where he received his J.D. in 2009. Following law school, he served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph V. Isabella, J.S.C., in the Criminal Division of the Hudson County Superior Court.

At the completion of his term as judicial law clerk, Mr. Donatiello began a career in public service by working as a legal intern for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and thereafter, as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.

During his time at the Bronx District Attorney's Office, Mr. Donatiello was assigned to the Criminal Court Bureau, where he gained invaluable experience with a variety of cases including Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, Harassment, Menacing, Driving While Suspended, Theft of Services, and Possession of Weapons and Drugs. He was responsible for prosecuting these cases from commencement through trial.

Eventually, Mr. Donatiello returned to New Jersey to work as an associate at one of the state's premier criminal defense firms, The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary. During his time there, Mr. Donatiello frequently appeared in court representing defendants charged with criminal complaints in New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Court, as well as in New York Supreme and Criminal Court. The clients he represented were charged with a variety of offenses including Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances, Theft, Driving While Intoxicated, Assault and Harassment, Shoplifting, and Weapons Possession.

In 2014, Mr. Donatiello formed the Law Office of Joseph Donatiello and continues to represent individuals throughout the State of New Jersey, New York City, and the Hudson Valley. His area of practice includes Criminal Defense, Municipal Court Defense, Property Tax Appeals, Appeals of Criminal Convictions, and Expungements.

Mr. Donatiello is currently admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Donatiello is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association with memberships in the Criminal Law Section, the Municipal Court Section, and the Young Lawyer's Division. Mr. Donatiello is also President of the Nutley Lawyers Club.

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