Fred Sisto has been officially certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.
The Supreme Court of New Jersey is the only entity with the authority to license attorneys in New Jersey. The Supreme Court’s board certification as a criminal trial attorney is the only trustworthy certification that proves you have an attorney with the ability and willingness to fight and beat your charges.
Designations from other entities like “Super”, “Excellent”, “Pro”, “Premium”, “10.0” and attorney advertising claims should all be taken with a huge grain of salt. All of these designations are for sale in one way or another and can be claimed without the attorney ever contesting a single criminal case in court.
Criminal Trial Certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court is a designation earned by less than one half of one percent (< 0.5%) of all attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey. It requires: handling at least ten jury trials to verdict; good standing as a licensed New Jersey attorney for at least five years; completion of numerous hours of accredited criminal trial education courses; an unblemished reputation amongst attorneys and judges who attest to the applicant’s character and ability; and passing a full-day intense examination covering various aspects of criminal trial practice.
In addition to inquiring if your potential criminal defense attorney is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial specialist, you should ask certified criminal specialists whether they might send an uncertified associate to appear with you in court. If so, you may not be getting the attorney that you bargained for.
While most people prefer the certainty of a favorable plea deal or dismissal to the uncertainty of a criminal trial, having a Supreme Court certified criminal trial specialist is the only way to guarantee that you receive the best plea offer. If a prosecutor knows that your attorney has no trial experience, they know that all they have to do is dig in their heels and insist that you take the “deal” that they want. An attorney that is unwilling or unable to effectively defend you before a jury has no choice but to sell you on the plea deal. Fred Sisto is proud to be a certified criminal trial attorney, not a plea-peddler.
To learn more, visit the state’s website.