Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

Morristown New Jersey
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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Stanhope NJ Police Seize 63 Pot Plants, Charge Local Man with Distribution of Marijuana

Posted in Drug Charges

Stanhope New Jersey Marijuana LawyersStanhope NJ police recently arrested a local man accused of growing and cultivating more than 60 marijuana outside his home.

According to authorities, Stanhope New Jersey police first became aware of the possible drug distribution when a concerned citizen contacted police. A Stanhope NJ sergeant was working a construction detail at Route 183 and Main Street when the citizen walked up to him.

The citizen told the officer that someone was growing pot plants at a house located across the street from the construction detail.

The Stanhope officer walked across the street and viewed the side of the house. The officer allegedly saw what appeared to be marijuana plants outside the home.

The Stanhope police officer then alerted a Stanhope NJ detective about the alleged drug activity. The detective reached out to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and investigated further.

Police eventually obtained a warrant and arrested the 51-year-old suspect.

During a subsequent search of the suspect’s home, police allegedly discovered 63 marijuana plants. This was the record-setting seizure of marijuana plants for the Stanhope Police Department.

The suspect faces serious drug charges, including first degree distribution of marijuana.

The suspect managed to secure his release from police custody by posting bail.

For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Stanhope Man Charged with Growing Pot Next to House.”

DNA Analysis Leads Police to Suspect in Armed Robbery of Attendant at Morristown NJ Hospital

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Morristown NJ Armed Robbery LawyersPolice investigators used DNA left behind at the scene of an armed robbery at Morristown Medical Center to connect an Orange New Jersey man to the theft.

The theft incident occurred at the parking garage of the Morristown hospital in May 2014. According to authorities, the suspect robbed a parking garage worker at the Morristown NJ medical facility.

The victim was employed as an administrative assistant for a company that provides parking service in the Morristown New Jersey hospital. The armed robbery was committed while the victim counted weekend cash intake at the parking garages for the Morristown Medical Center.

The victim first saw the suspect after coming back from a break. The suspect was standing inside the parking garage front office. The suspect left to ostensibly get a parking permit, but he returned a short time later and allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect reportedly demanded that the victim hand over cash.

After getting money from the victim, the suspect allegedly told the victim to use zip-ties on their hands.

During an investigation into the armed robbery, Morristown NJ police obtained the zip-ties allegedly used in the theft. The zip-ties were sent to the New Jersey State Laboratory for DNA testing.

The DNA analysis led investigators to connect the suspect to the Morristown robbery. According to officials, the suspect has a previous conviction for a drug offense. As a result of his prior criminal record, the suspect was in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that is maintained by police in New Jersey.

The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with several criminal offenses, including first degree armed robbery. He was also charged with multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a weapon.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount.

For further information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “DNA Leads to Morristown Parking Garage Robbery Suspect.”

Morristown Woman Allegedly Drunk When She Crashed into Police Cruiser in Hanover, New Jersey

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Drunk Driving (DWI), Traffic Violations

Morristown New Jersey DWI CrashA Morristown NJ woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and assault by auto after allegedly crashing her vehicle into a Hanover New Jersey police cruiser.

According to officials, a Hanover NJ police officer was stopped at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Route 287 South in Hanover, NJ. The officer was providing assistance to New Jersey State Police on the highway.

While attempting to control traffic, the Hanover officer sat in his police cruiser. The 30-year-old suspect was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler as she approached the accident scene.

The suspect allegedly crashed her vehicle into the back of the Hanover police cruiser, which had its emergency lights turned on.

As a result of the DWI collision, the Hanover police officer sustained injuries to his neck, back, elbows, and shoulders.

Two state troopers were also injured as a result of the DWI crash. They reportedly had to leap over a concrete barrier on the highway in order to avoid being hit by the suspect’s vehicle.

After the DUI accident, the 34-year-old Hanover police officer was taken to Morristown Medical Center. He got medical treatment for his injuries before being released from the hospital.

Additionally, the two New Jersey State Police troopers were taken to Morristown Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

The suspect arrested and charged with assault by auto and driving while intoxicated (DWI).

If the suspect is convicted on the most serious assault by auto charges, she would be subject to prison time. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), anyone who operates a motor vehicle while in violation of New Jersey drunk driving laws and causes serious bodily injury to another person can be charged with a third degree criminal offense and sentenced to 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “3 Cops Hurt When Drunk Driver Hit Cruiser, State Police Say.”

Suspects Allegedly Break into 6 Cars, Commit Auto Theft in Morris Plains, New Jersey

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Morris Plains NJ Auto Theft AttorneysMorris Plains NJ police are searching for suspects who allegedly committed two car thefts and broke into four other cars on the same night.

According to law enforcement, suspects unlawfully gained access to six unlocked cars that were parked outside houses in Morris Plains, New Jersey. The cars were parked outside different residences located on Hillview Avenue, Dayton Road, Glenbrook Road, Oldwood Road, and Parker Drive.

In addition to burglarizing four of the vehicles, the suspects allegedly stole two of the cars. The stolen cars were parked in driveways of residences located on Hillview Avenue and Glenbrook Road.
Morris Plains NJ police became aware of the motor vehicle thefts after the owners notified local law enforcement. The car owners told police that their cars were taken from their driveways.

The stolen cars are reported to be a 2013 Audi A6 and a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As for the other four vehicles, the suspects allegedly stole “small personal items” while burglarizing the other cars.

The Morris Plains Police Department is investigating the alleged auto thefts and burglaries. Investigators believe that all of the theft offenses are connected.

If the suspects are eventually identified and captured, they would be subject to serious criminal charges for auto theft. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, anyone who steals an automobile can be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A conviction for third degree auto theft could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “2 Cars Stolen, 6 Burglarized in Morris Plains.”

Franklin NJ Home School Treasurer Allegedly Stole $8K, Faces Charges for Theft by Deception

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Franklin NJ Theft by Deception SuspectA woman who served as treasurer of a Franklin Borough elementary school association allegedly stole $8,000 from the group.

The 40-year-old suspect was the treasurer for the Franklin Elementary School’s Home and School Association in Franklin Borough, NJ. As treasurer, the suspect had immediate access to group money.

According to authorities, the suspect used checks, debit cards, and credit cards from the school association to cover her personal expenses. From July 2014 to January 2015, the suspect allegedly used group funds to buy food, gas, and home goods. She even allegedly used the group’s money to pay for her family members’ legal expenses.

The suspect was placed under arrest in February 2015. She was subsequently charged with third degree theft by deception and third degree credit card fraud.

Sometime after being arrested and charged, the suspect applied for entry into the New Jersey Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office rejected her request for entry into the probationary program.

Now the suspect plans to appeal the decision. According to the suspect’s defense attorney, the New Jersey judiciary’s criminal division already approved her for entry into the PTI program.

PTI allows first-time, non-violent criminal offenders the opportunity to avoid prison and instead undergo rehabilitation. If the offender completes all of the PTI program requirements, the charges against them are dismissed.

If the suspect in this case is unable to secure entry into PTI, she will likely face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, anyone who uses deception or fraud to steal more than $500 can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree theft could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Accused of Stealing $8,000 from Home-School Association Wants PTI.”

Roxbury New Jersey Police Investigate Armed Robbery of Local Gas Station

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Roxbury NJ Armed Robbery AttorneysRoxbury NJ police are searching for the man who committed an armed robbery at a local gas station along Route 46.

The robbery took place around 10:30 a.m. at the Roxbury New Jersey gas station. According to law enforcement, the suspect was wearing all-black clothing, as well as a hat, when he walked into the gas station and approached gas station workers.

The suspect allegedly flashed a weapon when he ordered the gas station employees to hand over money.

Once the suspect had the cash, he ran out of the gas station and fled the scene on foot. Roxbury police officers arrived at the scene a short time later, but the suspect was long gone.

Roxbury police officers searched the area after the theft. Additionally, a Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit assisted in the investigation.

Although the Roxbury Police Department is currently investigating the robbery, investigators have not identified a suspect.

Police have not yet revealed the precise type of weapon the suspect brandished during the robbery. Police have also not yet revealed how much cash the suspect allegedly stole.

Police recently released a description of the suspect. The suspect is described as a male who stands 5-feet-3-inches tall. Witnesses also told police that the suspect carried a backpack at the time of the robbery.

If police are eventually able to identify and capture the suspect, he would like face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who carries a deadly weapon while committing a theft can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Depending on the circumstances of the alleged robbery, the suspect could also be charged with various weapons offenses.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Armed Robbery Reported at Route 46 Gas Station, Police Say.”

Pequannock Man Accused of Possessing Percocet While Pushing Stroller with Infant Son in Park

Posted in Drug Charges

Pequannock NJ Percocet AttorneysPequannock NJ police recently arrested a man accused of selling drugs in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

The Pequannock Township Police Department received a report of a man pushing a baby stroller and selling drugs near the Newark Pompton Turnpike. Pequannock police officers went to the scene to investigate the report.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly saw the 20-year-old suspect in a park with his infant son. As the officers approached the suspect, he allegedly dropped a white powdery substance onto the ground.

The officers also reportedly saw the suspect in possession of a plastic card and a cell phone covered in white powder.

Police investigated further and became increasingly suspicious when they saw a bulge in one of the suspect’s socks. A subsequent search of the suspect allegedly turned up 14 tablets of Percocet.

The suspect, who lives in Pompton Plains NJ, was placed under arrest. He has been charged with Percocet possession and endangering the welfare of a child.

Although Pequannock police believe that the suspect was probably selling the drugs, they could not charge him with prescription drug distribution because police officers never actually saw him conduct any drug sales.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Meanwhile, the suspect’s young son was placed in the custody of a family member.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Percocet Playdate? Man Had Drugs in Sock, Infant in Stroller, Cops Say.”

Parsippany NJ Man Allegedly Had Sex with 14-Year-Old Girl, Charged with Sexual Assault

Posted in Sex Crimes

Parsippany New Jersey Sexual Assault LawyersPolice recently arrested a Lake Hiawatha man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl on a number of occasions in Parsippany, New Jersey.

According to law enforcement, the 23-year-old suspect had sex with the 14-year-old girl several times while both of them were intoxicated. The alleged sex offenses are believed to have occurred between December 17 and March 22.

The victim’s family members learned of the incidents after reportedly finding explicit messages on the girl’s cell phone. When confronted about the texts, the girl reportedly told her family that she got drunk and had sex with the suspect. The family then notified Parsippany police, which began an investigation into the suspect.

Parsippany investigators spoke with the suspect, who allegedly told them that he was too drunk while in the presence of the victim to remember ever having sex with her.

Parsippany police eventually placed the suspect under arrest. He has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

If the suspect is convicted on the sexual assault charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is a crime of the second degree. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, a convicted sex offender would be subject to Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements upon release from prison.

After the suspect was arrested and processed, he was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $125,000 bail. Although the suspect asked for bail reduction during a bail review hearing in Morris County Superior Court, the judge maintained the high bail amount.

For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Parsippany Man Allegedly Had Sex with 14-Year-Old, Report Says.”

Man Could Face Heroin Possession Charges After Allegedly Overdosing, Getting Naloxone from Morris Township Police

Posted in Drug Charges

Morris Township NJ Heroin Possession ChargesMorris Township NJ police recently used Naloxone to revive a man who lost consciousness after a suspected heroin overdose.

The Morris Township Police Department received a call about an emergency at the Homeless Solutions facility in Morristown, New Jersey. When police officers got to the scene, they found the 26-year-old suspect lying on a bathroom floor; he was unconscious at the time.

Police checked the suspect’s vital signs and noticed that he had a weak pulse, as well as blue lips. Fearing that the suspect was an overdose victim, police officers administered a dose of Naloxone, a medication intended to help reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

As a result of the Naloxone, the suspect regained consciousness and became responsive.

Shortly after the suspect regained consciousness, he reportedly told police that he had not been using drugs. The suspect’s claim seemed particularly unbelievable when police officers reportedly discovered seven folds of heroin, an uncapped hypodermic needle, and other drug paraphernalia in a bathroom stall.

The suspect was transported to Morristown Medical Center, where he received further medical treatment.

At this time, it is unclear if the suspect will face criminal charges for heroin possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to law enforcement, this was the first time the Morris Township Police Department has needed to administer Naloxone. Morris Township police officers first received training on how to use Naloxone last fall.

For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “After Cops Revive Man with Naloxone, He Denies Drug Use, Morris Township Police Say.”

Mount Olive Police Arrest Local Man Who Allegedly Tried to Lure 15-Year-Old Girl into Truck

Posted in Sex Crimes

Mount Olive NJ Luring AttorneysMount Olive NJ police recently arrested a local man accused of trying to lure an underage girl into his truck.

According to law enforcement, the suspect, who lives in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, targeted the 15-year-old victim while she walked along Route 46 near Netcong Road. The suspect allegedly pulled up alongside the victim and asked her if she wanted to get into his truck.

When the girl refused to get into the vehicle, the suspect allegedly followed her. The suspect reportedly left the area after the victim called her mother.

Once the victim’s mother learned what happened, she contacted the Mount Olive Police Department.

Mount Olive police arrived at the scene a short time later and investigated. Police officers searched the area and eventually located the suspect’s truck, a silver 2003 Ford F-150 pick-up.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with second degree luring.

If the suspect is convicted on the luring charges, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6, anyone who attempts to lure or entice a child into a motor vehicle can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree luring could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the facility in lieu of a $100,000 bail amount.

Mount Olive police are actively investigating the alleged sex crime. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the incident is asked to call the Mount Olive Township Police Investigations division at 973-691-0900 ext. 7203.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “25-Year-Old Man Accused of Trying to Lure Teen Girl into Truck.”