Michael J. Beatrice - Mahwah, NJ - Michael J. Beatrice, P.C.

Defense Attorney with Over 30 Years of Trial Experience

Michael J. Beatrice, P.C.—a former Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor and former Municipal Prosecutor—specializes in criminal and DWI / DUI defense. Since 1982, he has successfully defended people accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses in Bergen County NJ and throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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Michael J. Beatrice: Attorney at Law

For more than 30 years, Michael J. Beatrice, P.C., has successfully defended people accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle offenses in Bergen County, NJ, and throughout the New York metropolitan area. His practice focuses on criminal defense, DWI/DUI defense and complex civil lawsuits. He also handles personal injury cases, real estate matters, wills and estate administration following the death of a loved one.

Legal Experience

From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Beatrice served in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, prosecuting all types of cases, from homicide to DWI. From 1982 to 1983, he served as Special Prosecutor for the Borough of Fort Lee, and from 1988 to 2004, he was the Municipal Prosecutor for the Township of Mahwah. Since 1982, he has maintained a private law practice in both Hackensack and Mahwah.


Throughout his career, Mr. Beatrice’s primary focus has been on serving his clients’ needs and best interests. His experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney gives him a unique perspective on the law and helps him develop effective legal strategies that have resulted in hundreds of dismissals and not-guilty verdicts.

Mr. Beatrice has litigated and won over 100 jury trials, including homicides, arsons, armed robberies, rapes, kidnapping, vehicular homicides, and possession and distribution of narcotics, and has assisted clients with appealing criminal convictions as well. In addition to recovering compensation for clients in the civil court, he has represented employee groups and professional associations in negotiating public employment contracts.


DUI/Vehicular Homicide Case: An Iraq War veteran was charged with Death-by-Auto for a drunk driving crash that killed two people. Charges carried a maximum of 20 years with a mandatory minimum of 17 years without parole. Mr. Beatrice argued that the blood tests performed on the defendant were in violation of the man’s constitutional rights and got charges reduced, which cut his prison sentence by about 15 years and eliminated the no-parole provisions.

Resisting Arrest & Attempted Bribery Case: A man from Italy who had built a successful concrete business in New Jersey but had never applied for U.S. citizenship was charged with resisting arrest and attempted bribery, facing prison and deportation. As part of a plea agreement negotiated by Mr. Beatrice, he got a five-year probationary sentence and a $2,500 fine. Deportation charges were dismissed.

Education And Credentials

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY

A.B., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, NHTSA

Training in Alcotest Breath Testing Device, National Draeger, Inc.

Certified police instructor for in-service training courses at the Bergen County Police Academy

Co-author, Arson Investigation and Prosecution Manual

Member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Jersey Association of Justice and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – New Jersey

Contact Michael J. Beatrice, P.C.

Whether you are seeking counsel for matters of criminal law, traffic violations, civil litigation or appeals, Michael J. Beatrice, P.C., is committed to providing top-notch legal representation and protecting your rights. For a free telephone consultation, contact us online or call 201-512-8200.

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I believe in the sense of justice that our country and our constitution embody. I believe that everybody is entitled to the best defense they can get, and they shouldn’t settle for less.

Michael J. Beatrice

The Benefits

When you choose Michael J. Beatrice as your attorney, you benefit from:

Effective, Aggressive Representation

Mr. Beatrice is frequently consulted by other attorneys on criminal and DWI / DUI cases. He has tried more than 100 criminal cases before a jury. He has what was called by the judge “the fastest ‘Not Guilty’ verdict he had ever seen,” after less than five minutes of deliberation. He has probably tried more DWI / DUI cases than any other attorney in Bergen County as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He is also trained and certificated by the manufacturer of the Alcotest Breath Testing machine. He is among the few attorneys in the State of New Jersey trained in the operation of the same DWI / DUI machines used by law enforcement.

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Mr. Beatrice has traveled throughout New Jersey defending DWI / DUI and criminal cases, and his reputation as a successful defense attorney extends statewide. Your case won’t be handed off to a rookie lawyer; you’ll work directly with Mr. Beatrice himself. This personal relationship is a key reason his clients return for other legal services.

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Comfort Level

Worried about sharing personal information? Mr. Beatrice puts clients at ease and keeps personal info confidential. He isn’t pompous or pretentious; he translates legal jargon into plain English. Mahwah High School students know and love him as their mock trial coach.

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Mr. Beatrice holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Supreme and Superior Courts of State of New Jersey. He has appeared in criminal cases in U.S. District Courts in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. Intelligent and tenacious, Mr. Beatrice has earned the respect of trial judges, attorneys, investigators, and clients alike.

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Value Added

Mr. Beatrice will assemble as many professionals as needed to win the case, including medical and psychiatric experts, forensic chemists, physicists, former police officers, and other experts who serve as his investigators.


Contact the Law Office of Michael J. Beatrice, P.C. today to discuss your case. Your initial phone consultation will be with Mr. Beatrice, not anyone else. It is free and strictly confidential.

If you are ever charged with DWI or any other crime and need a good defense attorney,
Michael will fight for you, protect your interests, and protect your rights. He won my case when other lawyers told me to plead guilty because they said I couldn’t win. He’s worth every penny.


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