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Mount Holly Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mr... Stephen J. Bodnar is a skilled and compassionate criminal defense attorney with more than twenty-five (25) years' experience practicing criminal law. Prior to joining Rosenberg | Perry & Associates, he practiced criminal law as a Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor, where he was responsible for handling thousands of cases at all stages of the criminal justice process, from pre-indictment through appeal.
Mr. Bodnar's vast experience, working in the Grand Jury, Trial, and the Motions and Appeals Units, has provided him with extensive knowledge of all phases of criminal practice and procedure. His experience includes trying homicide, felony murder, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, theft, drug distribution, and all manner of weapons offense cases. For criminal issues on appeal, Mr. Bodnar has appeared and argued numerous times before the Superior Court, Appellate Division.
As a County Prosecutor, Mr. Bodnar oversaw the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office involvement in the New Jersey Superior Court Drug Court Program which has the mission of assisting those with alcohol and drug dependencies to resolve related criminal charges.
Mr. Bodnar has comprehensive and authoritative knowledge in New Jersey's recent Criminal Justice Reform. In 2017, New Jersey's criminal justice system transitioned from a bail program to a system of non-monetary pre-trial release. As the Supervisor of the Grand Jury and Screening Unit in the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, Mr. Bodnar helped develop and implement the county's pre-trial detention policy and procedures.
As a certified instructor, Mr. Bodnar taught at the Burlington County Police Academy on search and seizure law, Miranda issues, and the New Jersey Criminal Code. He also provided instruction and training to seasoned police officers through the Burlington County Law Enforcement Training Center. Upon the implementation of Criminal Justice Reform/Bail Reform in in 2017, Mr. Bodnar conducted training to all the law enforcement agencies in Burlington County. Mr. Bodnar has been a presenter and panelist at Continuing Legal Education Courses addressing issues regarding criminal justice and bail reform to defense and prosecuting attorneys.
Outside of the legal practice, Mr. Bodnar is an avid follower of minor and major league baseball. He also trains for and participates in ultrarunning events. He has run numerous ultra distance races, including ten 100 mile finishers.
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