Attorney Profile

Jay Arnesen_ProfileAttorney Jay M. Arnesen is a former police officer who provides experienced DWI and Criminal Defense representation in Broward, Palm Beach, Miami/Dade Counties and throughout Florida. Mr. Arnesen’s fierce advocacy for his clients’ rights throughout the criminal process has resulted in many favorable outcomes and verdicts. He has advanced training in breath testing, narcotics and firearms as well as having trained with the FBI, DEA, ATF, NYPD and other law enforcement agencies.

DUI – As a police officer, Mr. Arnesen has had comprehensive training in DUI Detection, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Breath Testing. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of police procedures has enabled him to successfully challenge every aspect of the State’s case when defending his clients. Additionally, he knows first-hand how situations really play out on the street as opposed to how they end up being portrayed on an arrest report. As a result, Mr. Arnesen has obtained several “Not Guilty” verdicts in DUI cases at trial.

Criminal Defense – Mr. Arnesen believes that probable cause issues relating to one’s arrest far too often go unchallenged by the defense. Whether the arrest occurred with or without a warrant, Mr. Arnesen will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit to protect his clients’ rights against illegal searches and seizures.

Background – In his 5th year of service as a police officer, and at the age of 26, Mr. Arnesen was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that almost claimed his life while responding to a 911 call. As a result of the accident, he received over 400 stitches to his face and head, tore his tendon in his left hand, broke a vertebrae in his lower back and sustained partial vision loss in his left eye. After months of rehabilitation and follow up surgery, Mr. Arnesen recovered from his injuries but sadly had to take an early retirement from the police department. However, early retirement allowed Mr. Arnesen to pursue his life long goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

Given what is at stake, you cannot afford to take chances with your criminal defense. When you hire Mr. Arnesen, you will never get an associate assigned to your case. Mr. Arnesen will be with you every step of the way. His mission is for every client to leave the office feeling confident about the quality of their legal representation.

Selected to Super Lawyers

New Jersey Rising Stars 2014
New Jersey Rising Stars 2013
New Jersey Rising Stars 2012

Law School:
2004 Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

Honors and Awards:

— AVVO Rating 10 – Superb
—AVVO Client Choice Award for Criminal Defense – 2014
— The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, Selected for Membership, 2014
— “10 Best” DUI/DWI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in New Jersey, as published by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2014
— Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of New Jersey for 2014, as published by the American Society of Legal Advocates. , 2014
— Top Young Attorneys in New Jersey, Rising Stars, as published in New Jersey Monthly., Top Young Attorneys, New Jersey Monthly, 2013
— Top Young Attorneys in New Jersey, Rising Stars, as published in New Jersey Monthly., Top Young Attorneys, New Jersey Monthly, 2012
— CPR Life Saving Award, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association
— CPR Life Saving Award, Little Ferry Aid Corps.

Special Licenses/Certifications:
— FLCLE – Masters of DUI, 2013
— High Speed Pursuit Guidelines Training— Use of Force Training— Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force (RDF)
— Certified in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Advanced Training Narcotics Course – John Jay University School of Criminal Justice, FBI, DEA, ATF, NYPD, New York State Police, US Customs
— Certified in High Risk Situational Survival – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Certified Breathalyzer Operator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Certified AAA Driver Improvement Course
— Certified to Operate Defibrillator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Distinguished Pistol Expert – Highest Level – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Certified to perform CPR – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Certified Firearms Instructor – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
— Certified Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.)
— Certified Police Officer – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety

Bar/Professional Activity:
— Florida State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2013
— Young Lawyers Section, Broward County Bar Association, 2013
— Small/Solo Practice Section, Broward County Bar Association
— Trial Practice Section, Broward County Bar Association
— Criminal Law Section, Broward County Bar Association
— Broward County Bar Association, Bench & Bar Committee
— Broward County Bar Association, Social, Sports & Goodwill Committee
— Broward County Bar Association, Publicity & Publications Committee
— Bergen County Bar Association
— NCDD, National College for DUI Defense
— Florida State Bar Association, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
— Florida State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
— Florida State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
— Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
— Broward County Bar Association
— Florida State Bar Association.
— FOP, Legal Protection Plan Attorney
— PBA, Legal Plan Attorney
— PBA, Local 600 (Retired Members)
— PBA, POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, Local 102, 1995 – present
— MORRIS PASHMAN INN OF COURT, Graduate
— HONOR LEGION, New Jersey
— NJSBA, Young Lawyers Division, 2009 – 2011
— NJSBA, Criminal Law Section
— NJSBA (New Jersey State Bar Association)
— NJSBA, Municipal Court Practice Section

Pro Bono/Community Service:
— Bergen County Bar Association – Criminal Practice Committee Member. 2011 – 2012, 2012
— Bergen County Bar Association – Municipal Court Committee Member, 2011 – 2012, 2012
— LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES – On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, I testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1844, which makes discretionary driver’s license suspension for the first offense of driving without motor vehicle insurance., 2012
LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES – On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, I testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Judiciary Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1848, which imposes limits on fees charged for discovery in municipal courts., 2012
— New Jersey State Bar Association, Legislative Coordinator, Municipal Court Practice Section, 2011
— Legislative Coordinator – New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section., 2011
— Co-Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, PBA Local 600., 2011
— PBA, Local 600, Co-Chairman- Legal Affairs Committee. Advise over 4000 Retired New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers., 2011
— General Council Member – New Jersey State Bar Association, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
— Municipal Court Committee Member – Bergen County Bar Association 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
— Criminal Practice Committee Member – Bergen County Bar Association 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
— New Jersey State Bar Association, Secretary, Municipal Court Practice Section. 2012, 2013, 2014.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
— In January 2012, I was the guest speaker at a New Jersey Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section seminar of Post-Conviction Relief Motions in municipal court., Speaker, Municipal Court Laurick Motions and other Post Conviction Relief Motions, Municipal Court Practice Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2012
— In early 2011, I was a guest speaker at PBA Local 600’s monthly meeting in Woodbridge, NJ. At the meeting I spoke in detail about proposed legislation concerning pension reform and how it affected retirees. A secondary issue I spoke about was the legal responsibilities associated with retired police officers carrying concealed weapons under New Jersey law. As a result of my lecture, I was asked by the organization to Co-Chair the Legal Affairs Committee. Currently, I actively participate in disseminating pension and benefit information to over 4000 members., Guest Speaker, Pension Reform, PBA Local 600, Retired Police Officers, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:
— DUI Trial – Client was arrested for DUI (3rd Offense), Refusal, Leaving the Scene of an Accident (with bodily injury) and failure to wear seat-belt. Defendant faced a mandatory 180 days in jail and a 20 years loss of license if convicted. After lengthy pre-trial motions involving discovery and suppression issues, the case went to trial. On day one, defense counsel subjected the arresting officer to a grueling cross examination as to the proper administration of field sobriety tests. Many times during his testimony, the officer admitted he failed to follow protocol. Prior to day two of trial, defense counsel submitted a new expert report as to blood evidence which indicated the defendant could have been suffering the effects of a diabetic emergency stemming from low blood sugar. As a result of the expert’s report and poor testimony by the arresting officer, the State dismissed the DUI and defendant pleaded guilty to Refusal. Defendant received a 10 year loss of license but received no time in jail.
— DUI Trial – Client charged with DUI and several other moving violations. The client’s alleged B.A.C. was .16%. Defense successfully had the breath test thrown out. After several other pre-trial motions, the case went to trial. At trial, the defense exposed conflicting accounts about what transpired by two police officers at the scene. The defendant was found not guilty of the DUI, but guilty of two moving violations.
— DUI Trial – Client was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI in a school zone, Refusal and Reckless driving. In this case, the defendant drove through a roadside sobriety checkpoint. At trial, the defense challenged the officer as to the proper administration of Field Sobriety Tests as well as the location of the alleged school zone violation. The judge found the defendant Not Guilty of DWI in a school zone, Not Guilty to Reckless driving but guilty on DUI (observation only) and Refusal.
— DUI Trial – Client charged with DUI and a parking offense. The defense had the breath results thrown out via a Holup motion limiting the time for the State to produce the certifications and documents relating to the Alcotest machine. The case went to trial and the defense got the arresting officer to admit on the stand he did not administer the Field Sobriety Tests properly to the defendant. Defendant Not Guilty of all charges.

Representative Clients:
— FOP (Fraternal Order of Police), Legal Protection Plan – Approved Attorney – Represent sworn law enforcement officers in criminal, administrative and civil matters., 2011, 2012
— PBA (Police Benevolent Association), Legal Plan – Approved Attorney – Represent sworn law enforcement officers in criminal, administrative and civil matters. 2011, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:
— Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012
— Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013
— Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2014
— Top Young Attorneys in New Jersey, Rising Stars, as published in New Jersey Monthly, 2013
— Top Young Attorneys in New Jersey, Rising Stars, as published in New Jersey Monthly, 2012
— Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of New Jersey for 2014, as published by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Educational Background:
— Masters of DUI, 2013 course, 2014
— Interstate Reciprocity of Traffic Offenses, 2014
— ABC’s of Starting and Managing Your Law Practice, 2014
— Electronic Discovery in Florida State Court: Navigating New Rules for New Issues , 2014
— Technology Planning for the New Law Practice, 2014
— Building Business in a Down Economy , 2014
— Professional Liability Insurance: Everything You Need to Ask , 2014
— Managing Business Risk in the Law Firm, 2014
— Digital Accessibility of Documents Electronically Transmitted to Florida Courts, 2014
— DWI on Trial – The Big Apple XIII, 2013
— A Physician’s Perspective, 2013
— White Collar Crime, 2013
— Ethics in Municipal Court , 2013
— Ethics in Settlement Negotiation , 2013
— Municipal Court Bench Bar , 2013
— Municipal Court for the Initiated, 2013
— Do You Really Need A Warrant to Draw Blood (Missouri v. McNeely), 2013
— Direct and Cross of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, 2013
— The Legalities of Field Sobriety Testing, 2013
— Confronting a DRE Expert at a DWI Trial, 2013
— Cross-Examination of Plaintiff and Defendant, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
— Instructor-Municipal Court Laurick and other Post Conviction Relief Motions, 2012
— Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc. Operator Training Court for the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C, 2012
— Non-DWI in Municipal Court, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— DWI Update 2012, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— Ethics – Lawyers Guide to Professionalism, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— Appellate Advocacy, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— Closing Arguments, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— A Step by Step Review of the Twelve Foundational Documents of State v. Chun, Certificate of Attendance., 2012
— The Jersey Sting, Certificate of Attendance. , 2012
— The Impact of Municipal Court Convictions on Immigration, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Cross-Examination, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Direct Examination of Parties and Experts, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Opening Statements, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Opening Statements, 2011
— Criminal Trial Advocacy Summer Institute, 2011
— Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— The Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Building Your Criminal Case at the Initial Stage – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Ethics in Municipal Court – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Discovery/New Rules Regarding E-Discovery – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Damages and Remedies – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Motion Practice and Settlement Strategies – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Stop Tickets – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Trying the Sexual Assault Case – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— DWI Update (regular) – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— DWI Update Advanced – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Computer Related Scientific and Technical Defenses in Alcotest Cases – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Jury Selection – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
— Morris Pashman Inn of Court – Pupil, 2010
— Legal Ethics – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— District Ethics Presentation – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Professionalism in the Law – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— History of the Inns, Goals – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Criminal Trial Preparation – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Miscellaneous Criminal Proceedings – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— DWI Update – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Home Searches & the 4th Amendment – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Auto Stops, 2010
— Immigration Consequences of Criminal Dispositions and Defense Counsel’s Duty to Advise Under Padilla and Nunez-Valdez – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Appellate Practice for Criminal Trial Attorneys – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Prosecuting and Defending the Public Official or Police Officer – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Handling a Criminal Case from Arraignment to Appeal – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Criminal Law Institute – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— The Etco Hardt Controversy – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Cross Examination of Field Sobriety – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
— Criminal Motion Practice – Certificate of Attendance, 2009
— Handling Drug, DWI & Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court – Certificate of Attendance, 2009
— B.A. – Fairleigh Dickinson University
— H.S. Paramus Catholic Regional High School

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