Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Parsippany Woman Found Not Guilty of Manslaughter in East Hanover DWI Crash

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Homicide, Traffic Violations

East Hanover NJ Drunk Driving LawyersA Morris County jury recently acquitted a Parsippany woman who had been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash on an East Hanover NJ road.
The tragic auto accident occurred on May 5, 2012.

The 35-year-old suspect was allegedly intoxicated when she slammed her vehicle into the victim. A blood test taken several hours after the car accident reportedly found that the suspect had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .133 percent, higher than the legal limit in NJ of .08 percent.

The victim was a 49-year-old man from East Hanover, New Jersey. He was struck by the suspect’s car while standing next to his pickup truck, which he had parked on Ridgedale Avenue. The suspect reportedly lost control of her car and left the roadway before crashing into the victim’s truck and hitting the victim.

The victim later died due to catastrophic injuries sustained in the car accident.

The suspect faced criminal charges for aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide. She was also cited for several traffic violations, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, and failure to maintain a lane.

During the recent trial, which was held in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ, the defendant’s attorney criticized the police investigation into the fatal accident. For example, he pointed out that the only police officer who responded to the auto accident scene was friends with the victim.

At the end of the trial, the jury said that the defendant was not responsible for recklessly causing the victim’s death.

After the jury issued its verdict, the victim’s widow left the courtroom and yelled, “You people are all nuts.”

If the defendant had been convicted of aggravated manslaughter, she faced a potential sentence of 30 years in NJ State Prison.

Although the defendant was cleared of the vehicular homicide charges, she remained in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown NJ while authorities processed her for release. She has been held at the Morris County jail for four years on a massive bail amount of $400,000.

For further information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Not Guilty: Morris Jury Clears Woman in East Hanover Fatal Crash.”

Mount Olive NJ Man Rescued from Smoke-Filled Apartment, Charged with Marijuana Possession

Posted in Drug Charges

Mount Olive NJ Marijuana LawyersMount Olive New Jersey police recently rescued a man who was inside a smoke-filled apartment. However, the same man was later charged him with drug possession after police reportedly found a small quantity of marijuana at the residence.

According to authorities, the Mount Olive Police Department got an emergency call about the fire alarm being set off at the Eagle Rock Village Apartment Complex in Mount Olive, NJ.

A Mount Olive patrol officer went to the scene, where neighbors directed him to the suspect’s apartment. The police officer walked into the apartment and saw the suspect lying unconscious on a couch. Since the apartment was quickly filling with smoke, the officer pulled the suspect out of the apartment.

The Budd Lake Rescue Squad soon arrived at the apartment complex and evaluated the suspect for injuries.

Meanwhile, Mount Olive police and the Budd Lake Fire Department looked into the situation and found that the source of the smoke was burnt food that the suspect had left on the stove.

During the investigation, police allegedly discovered marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia inside the suspect’s home. Officials said that the drug-related items, including a glass pipe filled with marijuana, could be seen in plain view.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of marijuana possession, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), possession of 50 grams or less of pot is classified as a disorderly persons offense. A conviction for simple possession of marijuana could result in a sentence of six months in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of $1,000.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody. He has a pending court date in Mount Olive Municipal Court to address the drug charges against him.

For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Smoke from Stove Leads to Pot Bust in Mount Olive.”

Man Accused of Threatening Woman over the Internet Arrested in Parsippany, NJ

Posted in Threat Offenses

Parsippany NJ Threat Crime AttorneysA Bloomfield New Jersey man was placed under arrest in Parsippany NJ after he allegedly threatened a woman over the Internet.

According to Parsippany law enforcement, the 44-year-old suspect made multiple threats to the 45-year-old female victim while speaking with her online. The suspect allegedly told the victim that he would physically injure her.

The suspect, who lives in Bloomfield, NJ, was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.

If the suspect is convicted of the very serious criminal charges, he could face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, terroristic threats is usually classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree terroristic threats charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

One potentially important factor in the suspect’s punishment if convicted could be his reported status as a convicted sex offender in New Jersey. According to records kept by the NJ State Police, the suspect was previously convicted of sexual assault in 1997.

The suspect’s punishment in that earlier sex crime case included a requirement to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. The suspect is said to be a Tier-3 high-risk offender on the NJ sex offender registry.

After being arrested and charged in the recent case, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $10K bail amount.

For more information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Charged with Online Threat to Parsippany Woman.”

Woman Allegedly Shot, Killed Boyfriend at Residence in Mount Olive, New Jersey

Posted in Domestic Violence, Homicide

Mount Olive NJ Homicide LawyersAn ex-teacher at a Wharton NJ school faces criminal charges for allegedly murdering her boyfriend at her Mount Olive home.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 53-year-old suspect killed the victim on March 3, 2014. The victim was a 51-year-old man who resided in Staten Island, NY. He had reportedly gone to the suspect’s residence in Mount Olive NJ because he wanted to break up with her.

After the shooting, the suspect reportedly notified the Mount Olive Police Department. When Mount Olive NJ police officers arrived at the residence, they found the victim’s body.

The suspect is accused of shooting the victim while he tried to end the couple’s relationship.

Now the suspect is scheduled for trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.

The suspect’s attorneys have indicated that she will claim self-defense in the homicide case. The suspect’s lawyers said that the homicide victim abused the suspect before the fatal shooting. For example, said the suspect’s lawyers, there were multiple prior acts of domestic violence between the suspect and the victim. Additionally, the suspect’s attorneys expect to introduce evidence reportedly showing that the homicide victim had a history of domestic violence with his ex-wife.

At this time, however, there does not seem to be supporting documentation of prior restraining orders between the suspect and the victim.

On June 6, the suspect’s attorneys will appear in Morris County Superior Court for a hearing to go over the admissibility of various statements allegedly made by the suspect to police.

The suspect used to work as a math teacher at Marie V. Duffy Elementary School in Wharton, New Jersey. At the time of the death, she was on a leave of absence from teaching at the elementary school.

For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Woman Charged in Beau’s Killing in Mt. Olive to Claim Abuse.”

Jefferson Township NJ Woman Accused of Driving through Wayne NJ with Drugs in Car

Posted in Drug Charges, Traffic Violations

Jefferson New Jersey Heroin LawyersA Jefferson Township NJ woman faces criminal charges after police allegedly discovered her in possession of drugs while driving in Wayne, NJ.

The arrest occurred around 5:30 p.m. A couple of Wayne police officers were on patrol along Route 23 in Wayne when they spotted the suspect using her cell phone while driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra with Pennsylvania license plates.

The Wayne patrol officers stopped the car near Route 23 and Packanack Lake Road. Among the vehicle occupants were the 19-year-old driver, a female from Jefferson Township, and an 18-year-old male passenger from Haskell, New Jersey.

Police spoke with the driver and allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly led to the discovery of 11 glassine bags of heroin stamped with labels reading “Thunder” and “Brequet.”

Wayne NJ police also allegedly discovered the suspects with marijuana, an Alprazolam pill, and two hypodermic syringes.

The driver, who resides in the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson, NJ, was arrested and charged with several drug offenses, including simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle. She was also cited for a traffic offense for using a cell phone while driving.

Meanwhile, the passenger was also placed under arrest. He has been charged with possession of heroin.

After being arrested and processed, the suspects were released on their own recognizance. They both have pending court dates.

For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “‘Thunder’ Heroin Found on Jefferson Teen.”

Man Accused of Beating Toddler to Death at Motel in Montville, New Jersey

Posted in Domestic Violence, Homicide

Montville NJ Homicide LawyersA man accused of murdering a three-year-old child in Montville New Jersey recently pleaded not guilty to the very serious criminal charges.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 29-year-old suspect used a belt to savagely beat the young boy to death in what has been classified as a domestic violence incident. The brutal beatings allegedly occurred at a motel located in the Pine Brook area of Montville, New Jersey. Law enforcement said that the suspect came from Pennsylvania and was living in Montville so that he could be near his girlfriend, the boy’s mother.

On April 10, 2015, the day on which the suspect allegedly beat the child, the suspect dialed 911 and told police that the young boy was choking. When Montville police officers got to the motel, they saw that the child was suffering from significant physical injuries. Police officers also reportedly observed that the victim’s mother had bruises across her face and her body.

Investigators talked to the woman, who told police that both she and the child had been beaten by the suspect.

Meanwhile, the young victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, where he was placed on life support. Tragically, just three days later, the child was removed from life support and died.

An autopsy was later conducted by the Morris County medical examiner and a forensic neuropathologist, with the medical examiners determining that the victim died due blunt force trauma.

Shortly after the victim died, the suspect was officially charged with murder. He had already been charged with a number of other crimes, including aggravated assault (on both the mother and the child), child endangerment, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and hindering apprehension.

Now the suspect will likely have to answer the charges in court after a Morris County grand jury issued an indictment against him on the criminal homicide charges.

Moreover, the grand jury voted in favor of two aggravating factors in the case, meaning that the suspect faces life imprisonment in NJ State Prison, with no chance of parole, if he is ultimately convicted.

Morris County prosecutors have said that they expect to offer the suspect a plea deal calling for him to serve 30 years in state prison.

At this time, the suspect is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown on a massive bail amount of $1 million.

For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Montville Motel Tenant Arraigned on Toddler’s Murder.”

Travis Tormey Gets Paramus NJ Shoplifting Charges Dismissed

Posted in Success Stories, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Morristown NJ Shoplifting LawyersThe Tormey Law Firm recently represented a client charged with shoplifting in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11(b). The charges arose out of an incident in Paramus, New Jersey. Since the amount of the alleged theft was over $500, the case was initially charged as a felony (indictable matter) and was sent to the Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack NJ, for disposition. Our client faced several years in state prison, as well as having a felony on his record if convicted of this very serious theft offense. Additionally, because the client is a teacher, his teaching license could have been suspended or revoked if convicted of this crime.

The first thing our criminal defense lawyers did was to get the case remanded back to the Paramus Municipal Court as a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). As a result, the client now longer faced a felony charge on his permanent record.

Next, when the case was sent back to Paramus Municipal Court, our experienced criminal defense attorneys appeared with the client in court. The store representatives failed to appear, meaning that the State was unable to proceed with the case. Based on this, we requested the case be dismissed. Although the municipal court judge initially denied our motion, he did mark the next court listing as “try or dismiss.” When the store reps failed to appear again, the case was dismissed for lack of prosecution based on a motion by the defense.

This was a very good result for our client and a huge victory for the Tormey Law Firm. Thanks to our hard work, the client was able to avoid jail and his teaching license is no longer in jeopardy.

Tormey Law Firm Helps Out-of-State Client Avoid Jail in Bergen County NJ Handgun Possession Case

Posted in Success Stories, Weapons Offenses

Morristown New Jersey Handgun AttorneysThe experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently defended a client in the Bergen County Superior Court, which is located in Hackensack, New Jersey. The client had been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5. Since the statute classifies illegal possession of a handgun as a second degree felony, the client was facing 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of imprisonment even though she had no prior criminal record. Additionally, because of New Jersey’s strict gun laws, codified in the Graves Act, a conviction could have resulted in the client being hit with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration before becoming eligible for parole. The typical offer on a gun case in New Jersey for a defendant with no prior record is five years in prison, with three of those years to be served without the possibility of early release on parole.

The facts of the case were as follows: Our client was a female driver who worked for a bail bonds company based out of Virginia. She was traveling to New Jersey for work and got stopped for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the patrol officer reportedly discovered a small handgun in her possession. The handgun was not properly registered or permitted in the State of New Jersey. Although the client had legally purchased the firearm in Virginia and she had a valid permit to carry the gun in Virginia, she did not legally have the right to possess the weapon in New Jersey. Additionally, the weapon was not properly secured in the vehicle trunk, nor was it in a locked gun case, both of which would be required if she was merely transporting the handgun through NJ in a legal manner.

Based on our client’s positive background and her lack of criminal history, we applied the client for the New Jersey Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. This is an alternative sentencing program that allows defendants in criminal cases to not only stay out of prison but also to avoid a felony conviction on their permanent record, so long as they successfully complete the probationary period. The assistant prosecutor in this case had to apply to the Attorney General’s Office for a Graves Act waiver and the head Bergen County prosecutor himself had to approve her admission into PTI. The great news for the client was that once all of this had been accomplished and she was successfully placed into the PTI program, she was able to avoid prison and keep her record clear of a criminal conviction.

This was a wonderful outcome for our client and a major victory for the Tormey Law Firm.

Parsippany NJ Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Violated Restraining Order, Threatened Ex with Knife

Posted in Domestic Violence, Threat Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Parsippany New Jersey Restraining Order AttorneysParsippany New Jersey police recently arrested a man accused of breaking into his former girlfriend’s apartment and holding her at knifepoint.

The scary incident started around 3:30 a.m. According to authorities, the suspect went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, which is located at Lakeview Garden Apartment on Reservoir Road in Parsippany, and barricaded himself inside the unit.

The suspect reportedly picked up a knife from the kitchen and then threatened the victim, and another person, while preventing them from leaving the apartment.

One of the victims dialed 911 and contacted local police, prompting members of multiple law enforcement agencies to dispatch officers to the scene. The responding agencies included the Parsippany Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody and placed under arrest.

The suspect, a 33-year-old man who resides in New Brunswick NJ, faces criminal charges for criminal restraint, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, burglary, and stalking. He was charged with stalking because he allegedly placed several phone calls and sent multiple email messages to the victim, as well as making appearances at locations she frequents.

The suspect was also charged with violating a restraining order because the victim had reportedly obtained a domestic violence restraining order against the suspect in 2011.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $75K bail amount, with no 10-percent cash option for posting bail.

For further information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Police: Ex with Knife Broke into Woman’s Parsippany Apartment.”

Drew University Student Accused of Assaulting Police Officer in Madison, New Jersey

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes

Madison New Jersey Assault AttorneysA Drew University student faces aggravated assault charges in Madison NJ after he allegedly attacked police officers.

The violent incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. According to authorities, Madison NJ police officers were sent to the rear of Drew University, near a gate on Glenwild Road, after the school’s public safety department said that a male student was drunk and in need of transport to a hospital.

When Madison police officers showed up at the school, they found the 19-year-old student suffering from bloodshot eyes, smelling of alcohol, and struggling to talk without slurring his speech.

The suspect, who had come to Madison NJ from Guilford, Connecticut, allegedly refused the police officers’ instructions for him to get into an ambulance. He then allegedly became combative and began to strike the cops with his fists and feet.

During a struggle between the suspect and police, one of the officers reportedly fell to the ground and sustained a broken leg.

The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an aggravated assault committing against a police officer is usually classified as a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cop Breaks Leg during Assault by Drunk Drew University Student, Police Say.”