Laura C. Sutnick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Hackensack, NJ

Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC
 | Court Plaza South, West Wing, 21 Main Street, Suite 171
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-342-8555
Fax: 201-342-7557
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish

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Attorney Profile

Attorney Laura C. Sutnick is the founding partner of Sutnick & Sutnick, LLC, in Hackensack, New Jersey. She is certified by the Supreme Cout of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. A seasoned lawyer, Ms. Sutnick handles a wide range of criminal defense cases, including those involving domestic violence, drug charges, DWI/DUI, juvenile offenses, sex crimes, violent crimes, shoplifting and theft. Ms. Sutnick represents clients both within Hackensack and throughout northern New Jersey, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. She is an officer of the Bergen County Bar Association.

After graduating with honors from Boston University, Ms. Sutnick earned a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Following law school, Ms. Sutnick was employed as a senior trial attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York. Today, Ms. Sutnick is admitted to practice in the state courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Ms. Sutnick is a trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association and has served in a number of roles within the organization. She is presently a co-chair of the association's criminal law and municipal court committees, the chair of judicial selection committee and a member of the organization's juvenile law and criminal law committees.

Enthusiastic about sharing her legal knowledge, Ms. Sutnick has appeared as a commentator on Court TV. She serves as a moot court trial adviser for the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest and has also served as a trial skills adviser for the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. She also spent three years as a skills adviser for the Mount Olive Baptist Church Youth Mentoring Program.

Ms. Sutnick is proficient in Spanish, allowing her to communicate with a greater number of clients.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (80%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

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About Laura Sutnick

Admitted: 1992, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.sutnicklaw.com/Attorneys/Laura-C-Sutnick.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • selected as one of the top criminal defense attorneys by 201 Magazine, Top Attorneys, 201 Magazine, 2018
  • selected as one of Bergen Magazine's top lawyers in Bergen County, Bergen County's Top Lawyers, Bergen Magazine, 2017
  • selected as one of Bergen Magazine's top lawyers in Bergen County, Top Lawyers of Bergen County, Bergen Magazine, 2018
  • selected as one of the top criminal defense attorneys by 201 Magazine, Top Lawyers, Criminal Defense, 201 Magazine, 2015
  • Guest commentator on Court TV

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified by the Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney, 2019
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, 2017
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, 2016
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, 2015
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2019
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2019
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, 2019
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, 2019
  • Chair, Judicial Selection Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2014
  • Officer, Bergen County Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2015
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2016
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2017
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2014
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2015
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2016
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2018
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2014
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2018
  • Chair, Judicial Selection Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Juvenile Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • New York, 1993
  • Co-Chair, Municipal Court Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 1999 to present
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2018
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2018
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee, Bergen County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1999

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Race Director, Haworth 5k Run/Walk, 2016
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2019
  • Race Director, Haworth 5k Run/Walk, 2014
  • Race Director, Haworth 5k Run/Walk, 2015
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2017
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2014
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2015
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2016
  • Trustee and Race Director, Haworth 5k Run/Walk, 2017
  • Mock Trial Coach, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Chapter Author, Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases: Leading Lawyers on Understanding How Pornography Crimes Are Committed, Detected, and Defended (Inside the Minds), 2012
  • Moderated seminar about the legal and procedural issues relevant in municipal court practice, Moderator, Introduction to Municipal Court Practice, Bergen County Bar Association, Legal, 2017
  • Spoke about the no early release act and when it applies and what it means, Speaker, Sentencing Enhancements: No Early Release Act, New Jersey Association for Justice, Legal, 2017
  • Lectured on strategies for defending child sex abuse cases, Speaker, Criminal Courts Bar Association Of Nassau County, Inc., 2013
  • Drug Crimes: The Beginning, Middle and End, Bergen County Bar Association, Moderator, 2013
  • Trial Skills Advisor, Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 1995 - Present
  • Skills Advisor, Mount Olive Baptist Church Youth Mentoring Program, 2010 - 2012
  • Moderator, Alternatives to Incarceration, Bergen County Bar Association, 2012
  • Moderator, The Realities of Megan's Law and Parole Supervision for Life, Bergen County Bar Association, 2011
  • Moderator, The Ins and Outs of the Municipal Court Conditional Dismissal, Bergen County Bar Association, 2014, Moderator, The Ins and Outs of the Municipal Court Conditional Dismissal Seminar, Bergen County Bar Association, Legal, 2014
  • Motor Vehicle Commission Seminar, Moderator, Motor Vehicle Commission Seminar, Bergen County Bar Assocation, Bergen County Bar Association, 2015
  • Sex Crimes: Megan's Law Registration and Parole Supervision for Life, Moderator, Sex Crimes: Megan's Law Registration and Parole Supervision for Life, Bergen County Bar Association, Legal, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • State v. B.G, client charged with endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography, and received probation, 2018
  • State v. J.S., client charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, client sentenced to probation with a Graves Act waiver, 2018
  • State v. Clarence Williams, Client charged with two counts of murder and felony murder, after motions, client pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter and promised 17 years, 2018
  • NJ v. Gadson, client charged with felony murder, negotiated plea to Robbery 1st degree and a 10 year sentence, 2013
  • NJ v. Douglass, Theft Trial; Jury found defendant not guilty, 2003
  • NJ v. Mitchell, First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault dismissed by grand jury following investigation, 2014
  • NJ v. Morales, Murder Trial; Jury found defendant not guilty, 2010
  • NJ v. Vasquez, Attempted Murder case prepared for trial; Charges reduced to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and client received 3 flat, 2013
  • NJ v. Rivera, Client charged with attempted murder, negotiated plea to 3 years, 2015
  • NJ V. Kennedy, Client charged with Robbery 1st degree; Negotiated plea bargain to theft in the 3rd degree, 2013
  • NJ v. Bowers, client charged with second degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, negotited plea to 3 flat after filing motions, 2015
  • SD v. LS, Domestic Violence trial; Court dismissed restraining order after trial, 2012
  • State v. Juan Cruz, Verdict after trial, Acquitted of first degree robbery, first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree aggravated assault and criminal possession of a weapon; Guilty of third degree criminal sexual contact and aggravated assault, first degree kidnapping, 2016
  • NJ v. Smith, Homicide Trial: Client found not guilty of murder and guilty of aggravated manslaughter; Verdict later reversed on issues raised pre-trial, 2002
  • State v. Quadasia Adamson, Client charged with murder, pled guilty to amended aggravated manslaughter charge and received 9 year sentence, 2017
  • NJ v. White, Murder Trial; Jury found defendant not guilty of murder and guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter, 2009
  • NJ v. Jones, Attempted Murder indictment, Motion to dismiss indictment granted based on State's failure to present exculpatory evidence in the grand jury, 2013
  • NJ v. Coney, Client charged with homicide, negotiated plea to 13 years before jury selection, 2015
  • NJ v. Grayson, client charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, negotiated plea to 4th degree criminal sexual contact , 2015
  • NJ v. Rivas Garcia, client charged with murder and case prepared for trial; negotiated plea to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and time served, 2013
  • State v. Hector Colon Pena, Client charged with Robbery 1st degree and Burglary, Case Dismissed, 2016
  • NJ v. Archer, Client charged with Robbery 1st degree; Charges dismissed after extensive investigation materials turned over to prosecutor, 2011
  • State v. Ledesma, Client charged with murder, Plea to three counts of aggravated assault, 2017
  • NJ v. Sparks, Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Murder Trial, 2006
  • NJ v. McNeil, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; Bench trial, acquittal, 2013
  • NJ v. Collick, First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault dismissed by grand jury following investigation, 2015
  • NJ v. Acevedo, client charged with attempted murder, negotiated plea to probation and time served, 2015

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Educational Background:

  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts B.A., Cum Laude, 1989
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1992

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense

Comments

  • “Exceptional trial lawyer and has handled several high profile criminal trials. Exceptional on her feet in court.”
  • “Laura Sutnick is one of the premier criminal defense attorney's in northern New Jersey. She has handled many high profile homicide cases, as well as hundreds of serious and complex felonies. She has been a legal commentator on nationally televised programs. Ms. Sutnick is a strong advocate who always fights for the best possible outcome on behalf of her clients. Ms. Sutnick should absolutely be included as a Super Lawyer,”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Laura C. Sutnick

Court Plaza South, West Wing
21 Main Street, Suite 171
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-342-8555

Fax: 201-342-7557

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Last Updated: 10/10/2019

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