Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

Morristown New Jersey
Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Undocumented Immigrant Headed for Prison, Deportation after Admitting to Violent Attack in Dover, NJ

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Domestic Violence

Dover Domestic Violence AttorneysA man from Ecuador who was illegally residing in Dover NJ is set to go to prison after he pleaded guilty to violently assaulting his ex-wife.

The domestic violence incident unfolded at the Dover NJ residence of the victim on January 25, 2015. According to law enforcement, the suspect and his former wife got into an argument that eventually spilled over into violence. With the couple’s 10-year-old child watching, the suspect grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed the victim.

After the attack, the victim was able to dial 911 and notify the Dover Police Department. Dover NJ cops and emergency medical crews were dispatched to the scene, where they found the victim suffering from stab wounds and transported her to a local hospital.

Meanwhile, the victim fled the scene and avoided capture until police tracked him down in New York.

The suspect, a 32-year-old Ecuadorian citizen who is in the country illegally, initially faced criminal charges for attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child. He eventually reached a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and admitted to stabbing his ex-wife. The plea deal called for the suspect to plead guilty to charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, with prosecutors dropping the charges of attempted murder.

The suspect recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown and entered the guilty plea. He will come back to the superior court at a later date in order to be formally sentenced. It is anticipated that Morris County NJ prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 10 years in NJ State Prison.

Additionally, the suspect will probably be deported back to Ecuador once he has completed his prison sentence.

For further information about this case, view the article, “Man Admits Stabbing Ex-Wife More Than a Dozen Times in Dover, Report Says.”

Budd Lake Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Seven-Year-Old Girl

Posted in Sex Crimes

Mount Olive Sexual Assault LawyersAuthorities recently released additional information about one of the suspects in a sexual assault case involving an underage girl in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Initial reports indicated that the 65-year-old suspect and a 33-year-old man who may be related to him committed numerous sexual assaults of the same victim for more than seven years. However, law enforcement has now clarified that the alleged sexual abuse occurred over a two-year period running from February 2002 to February 2004.

The victim, who was seven years of age when the abuse allegedly began, is now 21 years old. She recently came forward to authorities and trigged the investigation into the suspects.

Both men accused of committing the sex crimes live in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive. They each face criminal charges for very serious sex crimes that include aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and child endangerment.

If the suspects are ultimately convicted of any of the sexual offenses, they could end up spending a very long time behind bars in New Jersey State Prison.

Meanwhile, the suspects are currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. They will remain there until they can post bail or until the criminal charges have been resolved.

For additional information about this case, view the article, “65-Year-Old Man Reportedly Accused of Molesting Girl in Mount Olive.”

Police Arrest Budd Lake NJ Men Who Allegedly Committed Sex Crimes in Mount Olive

Posted in Sex Crimes

Mount Olive NJ Sexual Assault AttorneysPolice officers recently arrested and charged two men who allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl over a seven-year period in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspects started to sexually abuse the underage victim in 2004. Law enforcement first became aware of the alleged abuse when the victim came forward after she turned 21.

Mount Olive police, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and NJ State Police opened an investigation into the allegations. As part of the investigation, authorities interviewed the suspects and gave one of them a polygraph test. At the end of the polygraph test, arrest warrants were issued for both men.

The suspect who took the polygraph test was immediately placed under arrest. The other suspect was arrested a short time later at his residence in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Both suspects reside in Budd Lake NJ and have the same last name. They have been charged with numerous sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

After being arrested and processed, both men were remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey.

To learn more about this case, read the article, “2 Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl.”

NJ State Police Search for Man Accused of Stealing Car in Victory Gardens, NJ

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Victory Gardens NJ Auto Theft LawyersNew Jersey State Police is searching for a Wharton New Jersey man accused of stealing a car in Victory Gardens, NJ. The suspect already faces criminal charges in connection with an armed robbery in Dover, New Jersey.

According to Morris County officials, the suspect stole a Toyota Camry parked along South Salem Street in Victory Gardens, New Jersey. The driver of the vehicle was gone on a food delivery at the time of the theft incident.

The suspect, a 30-year-old male who lives in Wharton, NJ, reportedly uses the nickname “Swerve.” NJ State Police recently posted surveillance photographs of the suspect on their Facebook page. The hope is that a member of the public might be able to recognize the suspect and provide police with information.

The suspect currently has pending criminal charges for aggravated assault, robbery, and burglary. A Morris County Superior Court grand jury recently indicted the suspect on the very serious charges.

The suspect is reportedly an ex-convict who has a checkered criminal past that includes a robbery conviction. According to law enforcement, the suspect spent several years behind bars after being convicted of a violent robbery in Morristown in 2005.

For more information this case, see the article, “Convicted Felon Wanted for Stealing Toyota Camry in Victory Gardens.”

Montville Cop Charged with Drunk Driving, Allegedly Intoxicated on the Job

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Traffic Violations

Montville NJ Drunk Driving SuspectA Montville New Jersey police officer has been charged with drunk driving after he was allegedly caught driving his patrol vehicle while intoxicated. At the time, the suspect was reportedly still on duty.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect was operating an unmarked patrol car and traveling on a roadway in Montville NJ when something prompted his arrest. Law enforcement officials have not yet revealed whether the suspect was involved in a car crash or if he was stopped by another Montville police officer.

The suspect faces charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Additionally, the suspect was issued a traffic citation for careless driving.

If the suspect is eventually convicted on the DWI charges, he could be subject to significant penalties that include suspension of his driver’s license and heavy monetary fines. Beyond that, the suspect’s job a police officer could be in jeopardy.

The suspect has already been suspended, with pay, by the Montville Police Department.

For additional information about this case, check out the article, “Cop Charged with Driving Drunk While on Duty.”

Essex County Man Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter, Allegedly Killed Young Boy

Posted in Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Homicide

Morris County NJ Domestic Violence LawyersProsecutors in Essex County recently made the decision to upgrade criminal charges against a mother and her boyfriend related to the death of the female suspect’s seven-year-old kid.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office initially filed criminal charges against the adult suspects for child endangerment. However, the criminal charges were eventually upgraded to aggravated manslaughter when the child tragically died as a result of his injuries. The incident unfolded on October 2, 2016, with Newark cops being dispatched to the couple’s home in Newark, New Jersey. Newark police officers found the seven-year-old boy at the residence, where he was unresponsive after having sustained traumatic injuries. An Essex County NJ medical examiner later determined that the boy’s death was directly caused by multiple blunt force traumas.

Authorities also revealed that the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCP&P”), formerly known as “DYFS,” had previously made a determination that the child was a victim of child abuse or neglect and that the male suspect was the person who committed the abuse. DCP&P investigators specifically “established” an allegation of child abuse, but they did not remove the child from the home.

As set forth by child abuse and neglect laws in New Jersey, there are four potential outcomes of a DCP&P investigation into allegations of child abuse and neglect: substantiated, established, not established, and unfounded. The threshold question that DCP&P investigators ask in these cases is whether the alleged victim was abused or neglected, as defined by Title 9 (N.J.S.A. 9:8.21, et. seq.). If investigators find that the child was a victim of abuse or neglect, the Division goes further and applies an analytical framework of aggravating and mitigating factors to decide if the allegation has been “substantiated” or “established.” When the factual scenario fails to meet the statutory definition of child abuse or neglect under Title 9, the Division will “not establish” the allegation and will probably find the allegation to be “unfounded.”

The recent Newark child abuse and manslaughter case highlights the fine line that exists between preserving the family unit and subjecting a child to the pain of being taken away from his or her family. When DCP&P conducts an investigation into an allegation of child abuse or child neglect, investigators typically address two important issues:

  1. Whether the child has been abused or neglected to such an extent that the child’s safety, health, and well-being are being placed in immediate danger.
  2. Whether it would be contrary to the child’s best interests to remain in the home.

There is an extremely important distinction between determining that a child has been abused or neglected and determining whether the child ought to be removed from his family. Of course, an instance of past abuse is usually considered highly relevant when determining whether the child is in immediate danger of being physically harmed. However, DCP&P investigators still take care to recognize the importance of maintaining the family unit, which is why they will not automatically conclude that a past instance of child abuse should lead to removal of the child from the home.

Art Teacher at Mendham Drug Treatment Facility Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

Posted in Sex Crimes

Mendham NJ Sexual Assault LawyersA woman who used to be employed as an art teacher at a Mendham NJ drug treatment facility pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes.

The suspect, a 30-year-old resident of Pompton Lakes, worked at Daytop Village in Mendham, New Jersey. Daytop Village is a substance abuse treatment facility for teenagers.

The suspect was employed at the Mendham substance abuse treatment center until November 2014, when allegations surfaced that she had committed several sexual offenses. According to law enforcement, the suspect sexually touched a male resident at the drug treatment center and showed naked photographs to another male resident.

Police arrested the suspect and charged her with various sex crimes, including sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and child abuse.

The suspect was ultimately able to stay out of jail by accepting a plea offer from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office: in exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to criminal sexual contact, Morris County prosecutors dropped the other criminal charges and recommended a term of probation.

The suspect will have to attend a substance abuse program and undergo mental health counseling as part of her probationary sentence.

For additional information about this case, see the article, “Ex-Daytop Teacher Admits Sexual Misdeeds with Two Residents.”

Chatham Police Arrest Man Accused of Possessing Large Amount of Marijuana

Posted in Drug Charges

Chatham New Jersey Marijuana AttorneysChatham Borough NJ cops recently arrested a man who allegedly possessed marijuana while sitting in the driveway of his house.

Around 4:30 a.m., Summit NJ police got a call about a man acting suspiciously and carrying a handgun in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Morris Avenue in Summit, NJ. Summit police broadcast the report, prompting two Chatham Borough patrol cops to go to the suspect’s residence because they recognized him from the description.

When the Chatham police officers got to the suspect’s home on Willow Street in Chatham NJ, they allegedly saw him standing next to a car in his driveway.

The suspect allegedly told the police officers that he had come from the 7-Eleven in Summit, New Jersey. Police then searched the suspect’s motor vehicle and reportedly found a toy gun in the front seat and a large Ziploc bag filled with marijuana lying next to the car. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

The suspect, a 19-year-old Chatham Borough man, has been charged with multiple crimes, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription.

Last year, the suspect was placed under arrest by Madison NJ cops and charged with similar drug offenses that included simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

For further information about this case, read the article, “Chatham Teen Brings Toy Gun to 7-Eleven.”

Mountain Lakes NJ Man Accused of Causing Fatal DWI Accident on Route 80 in Rockaway Township

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Homicide

Rockaway Township Manslaughter SuspectA Mountain Lakes man faces serious prison time if he is convicted on aggravated manslaughter charges stemming from a fatal drunk driving accident in Rockaway Township, NJ.

The fatal crash occurred on Route 80 in Rockaway Township NJ on July 11, 2015. The suspect was behind the wheel of a Cadillac Escalade and driving past a construction site when he reportedly slammed into a Kia. The collision caused the Kia to crash into a Jeep, with the Kia subsequently catching fire.

Three people inside the Kia died as a result of the car crash: a 24-year-old male, his 21-year-old fiancé, and the couple’s 18-month-old daughter. The victims were passing through New Jersey and headed back to their hometown of Jeffersontown, Kentucky. Authorities indicated that the adult female victim was pregnant when she died in the car wreck.

The suspect, a 24-year-old resident of Mountain Lakes, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and aggravated manslaughter.

After the suspect was indicted by a grand jury, Morris County prosecutors offered him a plea deal: agree to plead guilty to three counts of aggravated manslaughter and the prosecutor’s office would recommend a sentence of 36 years behind bars.

The suspect ultimately rejected the plea offer and is likely headed to trial in Morris County Superior Court, which is located in Morristown, New Jersey.

In advance of the trial, the suspect is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility on a bail amount of $750,000.

For additional information about this case, view the article, “Man Charged in Crash That Killed 3 Reportedly Loses Bid to Dismiss Charges.”

Accomplices in Armed Robberies in Morris County, Sussex County Get Probation

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Morris County NJ Theft ChargesTwo individuals who served as accomplices during a robbery spree in Morris County and Sussex County managed to avoid prison after pleading guilty and being sentenced to probation.

The two accomplices were a 21-year-old Far Hills man and a 20-year-old Totowa NJ woman. They were accused of assisting the main suspect, a Basking Ridge NJ man, when he committed a robbery at a QuickChek in Hampton, NJ on December 3, 2014. The male suspect reportedly served as the getaway driver.

The main suspect was also accused of robbing two other Sussex County NJ businesses and a Kinnelon NJ liquor store.

According to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect brandished a replica gun during all of the robberies.

Just one day after robbing the Hampton QuickChek, the suspect was arrested by police.

All three suspects faced very criminal charges, with the two accomplices being charged with theft of movable property and conspiracy to commit theft for their roles in the Kinnelon robbery.

The accomplices ultimately accepted a deal offered by Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and pleaded guilty to the theft charges in exchange for a recommendation of probation. The suspects will also have to perform community service and pay restitution.

The main suspect in the robberies also pleaded guilty and was sentenced 11 years in New Jersey State Prison.

To learn more about this case, check out the article, “Accomplices to 21-Year-Old Man’s Robbery Spree Get Probation.”