Michael R. Ascher

Michael R. Ascher

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Michael R. Ascher

Michael R. Ascher has been recognized by:

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2016
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2015
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2014
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2013
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2012
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2011
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2010
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2009
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2008
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2007
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2006
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2005

In the area of criminal law, there is no substitute for extensive courtroom and appellate experience and a deep and current knowledge of the law. For these reasons, and more, Michael Ascher is considered a preeminent criminal law attorney in New Jersey. Described by colleagues and adversaries alike as focused, aggressive and always well prepared, Mr. Ascher has a proven track record of successfully advocating on behalf of his clients across a wide range of criminal and complex civil matters. His cases span sex offenses, drugs, white collar crimes, computer crime, conspiracy, fraud, theft, drunk driving, and motor vehicle cases. Due to his vast criminal experience, he has experience with Child Protective Services involving the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly DYFS). He began his career as an assistant prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General.  That experience allows him to see both sides of a case, and provides a unique perspective to defending his clients today.    Additionally, it allows him to analyze the strengths of the defense case and better attack the prosecution case.

Mr. Ascher was drawn to criminal law by a desire to protect those whose rights were being violated. He has been involved in significant cases on both the trial and Appellate level, successfully arguing before the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2007 that the Domestic Violence Act could not be used as a bootstrap mechanism to obtain evidence to sustain the issuance of a criminal search warrant. Mr. Ascher developed the trial argument that led the New Jersey Supreme Court to change the manner in which juries are instructed in the prosecution of sex crimes involving children. He also appealed a DYFS case which resulted in a change in the way evidence in abuse and neglect cases must be presented by the State.  Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Ascher has served on numerous Bar committees and as a Member of the District X Ethics Committee.  He is also a frequent lecturer on criminal law, DWI and DCPP matters.

Practice Areas

Representative Cases

  • Successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Dispoto, 189 NJ 108 (2007) that the Domestic Violence Act could not be used as a bootstrap mechanism by the police to obtain evidence to sustain the issuance of a criminal search warrant.
  • Developed the trial argument that led the New Jersey Supreme Court to change the manner in which juries are instructed in the prosecution of sex crimes involving children, State v. P.H. 178 NJ378 (2004).
  • Won a 5-year legal battle before the New Jersey Supreme Court, obtaining an important Appellate decision in a child abuse and neglect case, NJDYFS v S.S. 372, NJ Super 13 (App. Div. 2004), while advocating for the right of an abused wife whose name was wrongfully placed in the DYFS Central Registry.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the Morris County Criminal Practice Committee.

Awards

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2015

Past Employment

  • Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice and Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor