Special Education Law
Special Education Law and Criminal Defense
CRAIG DAVID BECKER
ATTORNEY AT LAW, LLC
MEMBER OF NJ AND PA BARS
Main Office - New Jersey
1288 Route 73 South
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 273-0200
Fax: (888) 851-2394
* Please send all mail to New Jersey office address only
Our focus and philosophy in representing special needs students and their families as well as representing other individuals with disabilities is to focus on the long-term best interest of the students and their families. We realize that special education disputes and other issues concerning disabilities place a huge amount of emotional and financial stress on families and individuals. We strive to minimize our clients’ stress during these disputes by focusing on effective and efficient long-term results. Our overall goal is not only to win the dispute, but to set the student in the best position to have a successful future.
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EDUCATION LAW, SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE. SERVING CLIENTS THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING THE COUNTIES OF CAMDEN COUNTY, BURLINGTON COUNTY, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, SALEM COUNTY, ATLANTIC COUNTY, CAPE MAY COUNTY, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, OCEAN COUNTY, MERCER COUNTY, MONMOUTH COUNTY, MORRIS COUNTY, SOMERSET COUNTY, MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY AND PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, DELAWARE COUNTY, CHESTER COUNTY, BUCKS COUNTY, LEHIGH COUNTY, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, LANCASTER COUNTY, BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS OF BERLIN, CAMDEN, CHERRY HILL, COLLINGSWOOD, GLOUCESTER, BLACKWOOD, HADDON HEIGHTS, WESTMONT, HADDONFIELD, MORRISTOWN, NEW BRUNSWICK, HAMILTON SQUARE, PENNSAUKEN, BORDENTOWN, BURLINGTON, DELRAN, EVESHAM, MARLTON, MAPLE SHADE, MEDFORD LAKES, MEDFORD, MOORESTOWN, TRENTON, LAWRENCEVILLE, PRINCETON, MOUNT HOLLY, MOUNT LAUREL, WILLINGBORO, DEPTFORD, MANTUA, MONROE, VOORHEES, PAULSBORO, PITMAN, SWEDESBORO, WASHINGTON, WEST DEPTFORD, WOODBURY, ABSECON, LAKEWOOD, TOMS RIVER, FREEHOLD, MANALAPAN, MARLBORO, RED BANK, LONG BRANCH, CAPE MAY, VINELAND, BRIDGETON, SALEM, AND ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY AND MEDIA, MERION, PENN VALLEY, JENKINTOWN, ARDMORE, ELKINS PARK, BENSALEM, RICHBORO, GLEN MILLS, WEST CHESTER, KING OF PRUSSIA, PAOLI, BALA CYNWYD, NEW HOPE, QUAKERTOWN, YARDLY, NEWTOWN, DOYLESTOWN, MORRISVILLE, NORRISTOWN, CONSHOHOCKEN, MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, VILLANOVA, NARBERTH, WILLOW GROVE, CHESTER, DARBY, HAVERFORD, RADNOR, MALVERN, OXFORD, DOWINGTOWN, COATESVILLE, PHOENIXVILLE, AVONDALE, ALLENTOWN, BETHLEHEM, EASTON, BRYN MAWR, KENNETT SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA, LANCASTER, READING, AND PLYMOUTH MEETING, PENNSYLVANIA.
Mr. Becker realized that his passion rests with assisting students and families and other individuals with disabilities. In 2008 he opened his own law firm while simultaneously becoming Of-Counsel with the law firm of Gerstein Grayson Cohen & Melletz in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He focuses his practice on representing students and families in disputes with School Districts, including disputes relating to Special Education, IEPs, Dyslexia, Autism, Bullying, 504 Plans, Accommodations, and other educational issues.
Mr. Becker also represents adults and juveniles in criminal matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As part of his criminal defense practice, Mr. Becker has a significant passion for assisting individuals with disabilities who are facing criminal charges. Utilizing his special education experience, Mr. Becker has been able to effectively advocate for individuals with special education needs and other disabilities who are facing criminal charges. He has learned that judges and prosecutors, especially in juvenile cases, are willing to reduce and, in some cases, dismiss, charges once they learn of an individual’s disabilities and the special education services the individual is pursuing to address those disabilities. Mr. Becker also represents adults with disabilities seeking services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities and related state agencies.
Mr. Becker is knowledgeable in special education services and the needs of special education students and disabled individuals as well as the relevant laws that apply to these areas. This allows them to effectively communicate with parents, examine educational records, in addition to being able to effectively cross-examine educational staff and litigate hearings for these matters. Over the years, this unique knowledge and ability have helped the firm obtain an excellent reputation within the New Jersey and Pennsylvania School Districts, along with opposing counsel. This allows us in many cases to quickly and effectively start productive dialogue with the School District or other entities in order to resolve an array of matters for our clients. In many cases, we have been able to successfully negotiate effective resolutions for a special education student’s without litigation or involving the court process. We also have we have been able to effectively compel School Districts and other entities to provide proper services by way of court action in cases where they are unwilling to engage in a cooperative effort with us to ensure the student or individual’s best interests. Our greatest joy as attorneys is seeing many of our former clients have successful and long-lasting educational and post-educational careers beyond our course of representation.
Our firm represents individuals, in Special Education and Criminal Defense matters, throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with focus on the counties of Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May, Mercer, Somerset, and Hamilton in New Jersey and Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County in Pennsylvania
While in school, Craig David Becker was classified with a learning disability in reading which was similar to dyslexia. He struggled throughout elementary and middle school and had an Individualized Education Program (“IEP”). He attended special education classes in language arts related subjects. With hard work and the help of his family Mr. Becker overcame his special education reading difficulties and began high school fully mainstreamed. In college, Mr. Becker realized that he had never properly learned how to read and had instead memorized most of the words in the English language. With tutoring help he learned how to read properly while in college and worked his way up to receiving a partial merit-based scholarship to one of the top law schools in the country, the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Becker became a public defender in Chester County, Pennsylvania. During his time in Chester County Public Defender’s Office Mr. Becker represented juveniles. He realized that many juveniles charged with crimes had learning disabilities or other special education needs. Mr. Becker learned that through proper advocacy, often he could turn the juvenile charges into a chance for the juvenile to get real and effective assistance for their education and other disabilities. Mr. Becker then transitioned to working as an Associate for law firms in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One law firm he worked for represented School Districts in New Jersey with special education and other educational matters. This allowed Mr. Becker to obtain firsthand knowledge of the true workings of New Jersey School Districts, including the behind-the-scenes actions.
Craig David Becker, Esquire practices Special Education Law and Criminal Defense. He practices Education Law, representing students and families.
He represents special education students, who have been denied an appropriate and effective education. He also represents juveniles and adults in all facets of criminal defense. He represents clients throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE
OFFICES IN MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY AND BENSALEM, PENNSYLVANIA
(856) 273-0200 CBECKER@CBECKERLAW.COM
Special Education Law
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
representing students who have been denied
an appropriate and effective education
Special Education Law and Criminal Defense
*COVID-19 - Our New Jersey and Pennsylvania offices remain open and fully functional during the current COVID-19 pandemic with all staff working from safe locations. Video conference appointments available.
(by appointment only)
501 Cambria Avenue
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: (215) 510-8552