Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Municipal Court Trial Attorney September 30, 2014
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney 1982 through 2013
  • Former Assistant County Prosecutor
  • Former Special Deputy Attorney General
  • Former Substitute Municipal Prosecutor
  • Former Superior Court Public Defender Per Diem Attorney
  • Former Special Designated Superior Court Public Defender Counsel
Joseph W. Spagnoli, Esq.
312 North Avenue East,
Suite 1
Cranford, NJ 07016
Office: 908.497.0031

Noteworthy Cases

The following are excerpts and summaries of Star Ledger, Westfield Leader, and News Tribune, articles on some of Mr. Spagnoli's many notable cases:


State v. Kennedy
Mr. Spagnoli won an acquittal for Mr. Kennedy who was one of three charged in a bloody beating found not guilty. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
State v. Arias
Mr. Spagnoli represented Ms. Arias who was part of a 15 member gang which beat a man to death. She received a reduced sentence.
State v. McKenzie
Through Mr. Spagnoli's efforts Plainfield High School student who sliced a student's face requiring 100 stitches received only a short custodial sentence.


State v. Tucci
Mr. Spagnoli got a Roselle Park Police Captain's conviction reversed on appeal and his job and lost wages reinstated after being found guilty in a harassment case.


State v. Sheehy
Linden public works employee accused of impersonating a police officer pled guilty to violation of a town ordinance.


State v. Durham
With Mr. Spagnoli's representation, after a jury trial and facing 30 years in jail, Mr. Durham was found not guilty of all charges which included first and second degree kidnapping, criminal restraint, terroristic threats and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


State v. Jimenez
Drug fugitive Jimenez who fled before a jury verdict returned to the area facing a 15 year sentence and deportation for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Mr. Spagnoli got the jail time reduced to five years.
State v. Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald faced 20 years in prison for his part in a drug ring but avoided a federal trial through Mr. Spagnoli's representation and served only a year in jail.


State v. Ramirez
Mr. Spagnoli represented a college professor who was indicted for first degree aggravated sexual assault and found not guilty after a jury trial.
State v. Sosinski
After Linden Police Officer was found guilty on sex charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, Mr. Spagnoli got his convictions reversed in the New Jersey Supreme Court.
State v. Batista
Scotch Plains teen testified against four others who took part in a sexual assault on a schoolgirl and with a plea deal worked by Mr. Spagnoli, his 20 year jail sentence was reduced to 4 years.
State v. Fulinello
Roselle Park man arrested for sexual assault on a minor was convicted after a jury trial and received a short sentence.


State v. Muscatello
Former Union County Superior Court Judge pled guilty to charges he paid for sex. He avoided jail and probation, and did not lose his monthly pension.


State v. Cryan
No additional penalties for legislator's son who could have received more probation after defaulting.


State v. Rotkiewicz
Man facing 20 years gets probation for killing pit bull.


State v. DiGioacchino
Former Cranford teacher/coach faced 20 years in jail for sending lurid e-mails to an 11 year old boy, but Mr. Spagnoli resolved the matter with no jail time.
State v. Clay
Mr. Spagnoli got State Police Trooper a plea bargain where he avoided jail time for check forgery.
State v. Bello
Her second degree crime for a $407,000 theft from her employer carried 5-10 years in prison, but through Mr. Spagnoli's efforts she is eligible for parole in 14-18 months.
State v. Lambert
No prison time for Linden woman who defrauded Prudential Insurance Co. Mr. Spagnoli was able to get her five years probation.
State v. Cox
Director of Public Works who misused workers got only fines and community service and avoided a 10 year prison sentence with Mr. Spagnoli's assistance.
State v. Polo
Sentence of Cranford man who was charged with fraud and theft was cut in half through Mr. Spagnoli's efforts.
State v. Petrone
Somerset County Sheriff's Officer received probation for insurance theft from plea negotiated by Mr. Spagnoli.