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Leon Matchin
  • Traffic Tickets, DUI & DWI, Criminal Law
  • New Jersey
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Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I have known Leon for about 15 years being a local attorney in town. I have seen him come up the ranks and I am impressed. I can say without hesitation that anyone who hire him as their attorney will have a real fighter on their side.
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I always knew I would be an attorney because my uncle was a prosecutor and and then a successful defense attorney and I wanted to do what he did. I graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998 and I started Seton Hall University School of Law at Newark, New Jersey the fall of that same year. I attended law school part time, however, because I also worked a full time job at a law firm in Elizabeth, New Jersey from which it was an easy 15 minute commute to my night classes. That was my life for four years until I graduated Seton Hall in 2002 and immediately hung my shingles. I never worked for anyone as a practicing attorney, except my clients of course. After all, I did everything an attorney does at the firm I worked at while attending law school for four years, except representing clients in court. Still, I accompanied the attorneys I worked for plenty of times on the cases I worked on, filed motions, briefs, etc… When I got my license to practice, I was ready to go out on my own. I was 26 years old. My four years working and studying gave me the confidence and knowledge to take such a leap of faith at such a young age. I am still working for myself as a practicing attorney to this day representing clients in court charged with various criminal, drunk driving and traffic offenses.

Practice Areas
  • Traffic Tickets
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I meet with clients for 30 minutes at no charge to the client.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
3rd Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Russian
Professional Experience
Current
Municipal Court Trial Attorney
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Municipal Court Trial Attorney
Current
Education
Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D.
State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. (1998) | History and Political Science
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Intramural Basketball and President of Alpha Epsilon Pi Iolta Delta Chapter Senior Year of College
Awards
Municipal Court Trial Attorney in the State of New Jersey
Certified by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey as a Municipal Court Trial Attorney
Professional Associations
New Jersey State Bar # 000062002
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Preparing for a DUI Marijuana Charge
Leon Matchin
Caught Toking and Driving?
Attorney Leon Matchin
Speaking Engagements
Internship, Business Law Class, Rutgers University
Rutgers University Business Law Class
Spoke before an intern's business law class at his university. The intern interned for me during his last semester of college.
Internship, Business Law Class, Rutgers University
Rutgers University Business Law Class
Spoke before an intern's business law class at his university. The intern interned for me during his last semester of college.
Certifications
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Municipal Court Trial Attorney
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Municipal Court Trial Attorney
Supreme Court of New Jersey
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Legal Answers
79 Questions Answered

Q. For criminal drug related fines over $2,000, can the court take money from your bank account?
A: There are procedures in place for this and you will get notices if they do but generally courts don't do that, they just enter warrants for your arrest and then charge you extra for contempt when you appear in front of them.
Q. 39:3-74 states you cannot have NON TRANSPARENT material on windows. my tint is transparent. can see through it.
A: If you have any kind of tint on the front window of your car, any municipal court Judge will convict you.
Q. Could my lawyer have done more/did he screw me over?
A: Third degree crime carries 3-5 years of prison. I don't know the facts of your case so I am speaking in broad general terms. Mitigating factors are not a defense. Your lawyer more likely than not did what he was supposed to do which is get your the best possible result to avoid a trial as in most cases the State has enough evidence to convict. If convicted after a trial there's no telling what the Court will do to you. You got one year probation and it's probably due to your mitigating circumstances. PTI is completely at the prosecutor's discretion and to overturn them is next to impossible. You got one year probation for a third degree? That's pretty good result unless you have fantastic defenses to the crime but if you did then the case should get dismissed by the prosecutor's office or downgraded to municipal court and move to trial. The 45 days is for an appeal and has nothing to do with changing your mind. In fact if you changed your mind and wanted to take the plea back the Judge will say no way you're crazy you got one year probation for a third degree you did better than 99% of ppl out there. Your lawyer isn't returning your calls because he's tired of telling you this. Good luck on probation and after 6 months file motion to terminate it early so you can get back to your life and in five years apply for an expungement.
Q. Is your employer allowed to drug test you based on an anonymous phone tip?
A: Employer is not a government unless you work for government so privacy rights are diff. as they concern private employers. Do you have a contract with your employer? Check what it says about this situation. No? Contact an employment attorney bc this section deals with government violating individual privacy rights not private employers.
Q. Travelling to New Jersey and got cell phone ticket
A: Just pay it. Not allowed? Call court tell em you're from colorado and you'll plead guilty by mail and to send you the forms for you to sign and mail back with the check. No other option such as fighting the ticket or hiring a lawyer considering you're from out of state is worth the expense.
Q. can i get my license again having 15 year old tickets on record?
A: Contact the courts where the tickets were issued to resolve the matter and you'll be eligible to get restored. Be careful driving without license ticket it may preclude you from getting a license for six months. For that you'd need a lawyer.
Q. Are drivers convicted of DUI also convicted of child abuse if a minor was in the car?
A: Yes that is correct, there are numerous other offenses that range from disorderly persons all the way up to second degree indictable crimes that this could be charged depending on the case. Endangering welfare of a child is what it's usually called.
Q. My daughter was pulled over the police searched her car and found a tiny bag that contained crack .
A: It won't be thrown out for not reading her rights. It may be thrown out with help of an attorney who would file a motion to suppress the search and seizure on her behalf. If the car is hers and she's only one in it your defense of no knowledge therefore no possession will likely fail. However, if the officer didn't have probable cause to search to begin with then you have a shot.
Q. How long does prosecution have to prosecute a Nj 35:C-10? Charged in 2016 and just now receiving court date.
A: There's no such charge as c-10. Did they just charge you now or in 2016? if 2016 why did it take so long to get court date is it because there was warrant? too many questions need to be answered to answer your question. Anyway, generally speedy trial rights are triggered after about a year or so.
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Law Office of Leon Matchin LLC
Milltown, New Jersey - Main Office
86 Washington Ave.
Milltown, NJ 08850
USA
Telephone: (732) 887-2479
Fax: (732) 662-7660