Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Four Suspects Allegedly Sold Crack Cocaine in Franklin Borough, NJ

Posted in Drug Charges

Franklin NJ Cocaine Possession LawyersPolice officers recently arrested four individuals who allegedly sold crack cocaine and other illegal drugs in Franklin Borough, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspects were engaged in an operation that distributed illicit narcotics throughout Franklin NJ, which is located in Sussex County.

As soon as law enforcement became aware of the alleged drug distribution ring, they started an investigation into the suspect. For two months, several law enforcement agencies investigated the drug network, including the Franklin Borough Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

At the end of the investigation, Franklin police officers executed search warrants and apprehended the suspects at multiple locations. Police reportedly found a large amount of crack cocaine and a small amount of methadone at the suspects’ residences. Most of the illegal drugs had allegedly been packaged for distribution on the street.

One suspect arrested by police is a 35-year-old Franklin man. He has been charged with possession of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

Another suspect apprehended by law enforcement is a 35-year-old resident of Andover, New Jersey. He faces multiple drug crime charges, including cocaine possession, cocaine distribution, and possession of amphetamine.

Two of the suspects are married and live in Hamburg, NJ. The suspects have been charged with illegal distribution of methadone. They also face child neglect charges because they reportedly used an underage child to distribute the drugs.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Four Face Crack, Methadone Charges in Franklin Borough.”

DWI Checkpoint Planned in Washington Township NJ This Weekend

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI)

DWI Checkpoint in Washington Township NJWashington Township NJ police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint this weekend as they attempt to crack down on drunk drivers and prevent serious DWI accidents on local roadways.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office chief of investigations and the Washington Township Police Department chief of police announced the drunk driving checkpoint in a news release.

Law enforcement received funding to cover overtime salaries for police officers to conduct the checkpoint through a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The NJ state agency often provides financial resources to local police departments throughout Morris County for DWI checkpoints, with the goal being to reduce DUI accidents and drunk driving fatalities.

The Washington Township DWI checkpoint will be in effect on both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. Anyone planning to drive on roadways in Washington Township or anywhere else in Morris County NJ this weekend should avoid getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. If you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), you would be subject to significant penalties. For example, a conviction for a first offense DWI could result in a driver’s license suspension for three months, a $400 fine, and up to 30 days in the local county jail.

For additional information about the Washington Township DWI checkpoint, view the NJ.com article, “DWI Checkpoint Taking Place in Washington Township This Weekend.”

Travis Tormey Beats Gun Charges in Cedar Grove, NJ

Posted in Success Stories, Weapons Offenses

Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Fight Gun Charges

Morristown NJ Imitation Firearm AttorneysThe criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm recently defended a client against criminal charges for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Our client was an 18-year-old man accused of possessing an airsoft gun. He did not have any prior criminal history. Moreover, he suffers from developmental and learning disabilities and goes to a special school that provides assistance for these physical and mental difficulties. On the night of his arrest, the client was sitting in a car outside his friend’s home in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The client’s friend, a 16-year-old boy, was in the vehicle and had an airsoft gun on him.

What most people don’t realize about airsoft guns (as well as BB guns and pellet guns) is that it is illegal to possess these types of imitation firearms without a proper permit. In this regard, imitation firearms are just like real firearms. Airsoft guns can typically be purchased at flea markets and sporting goods stores. However, it is important to keep in mind that the easy availability of imitation firearms does not change the fact that it is still illegal to possess an imitation firearm in New Jersey without a valid firearms ID card. This is what complicated things for our client and resulted in him being charged with a felony for unlawful possession of a weapon. Worse yet, a conviction could have resulted in the client being sentenced to 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

The client’s father hired Travis J. Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm LLC to handle the case and defend his son. Our experienced legal team immediately got to work helping the client fight the very serious firearms possession charges. First, we convinced the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to downgrade the gun charge to a lesser offense: disorderly conduct, which is classified as a petty disorderly persons offense, not a felony. This meant that the case was transferred out of the Essex County Superior Court and remanded back to Cedar Grove Municipal Court.

After getting the criminal charges downgraded, our skilled attorneys met with the local municipal prosecutor and the police officer who initially issued the complaint. We explained the client’s medical condition and highlighted the fact that the airsoft gun was never pointed at anyone or used at any point during the incident. The prosecutor and the police officer ultimately agreed to dismiss the case as a result of our client’s medical condition and the circumstances of the case.

This was a fantastic result for our client and a tremendous victory for the Tormey Law Firm. We are now working to get the client’s arrest expunged, which will clear the incident from his permanent record.

Mount Olive NJ Police Arrest Budd Lake Man Accused of Crashing into Bicyclist, Leaving Scene of Accident

Posted in Traffic Violations

Mount Olive NJ Traffic Ticket LawyersPolice recently apprehended a Budd Lake resident who allegedly crashed into a young boy in Mount Olive NJ and subsequently left the scene of the auto accident.

The motor vehicle accident went down just before 12:30 p.m. in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, NJ. The victim, an 11-year-old boy, was on his bicycle and traveling along Saunders Lane in Budd Lake when the suspect reportedly tried to pass him on the road. The SUV allegedly crashed into the victim, sending him flying from the bike. The suspect then allegedly hit the gas and continued driving away from the scene of the accident.

Mount Olive cops soon arrived at the scene and saw the victim lying on the road, roughly 75 feet away from his bicycle.

The victim was briefly treated at the scene before being rushed by helicopter to the Morristown Medical Center, where doctors provided further medical treatment for “significant injuries” sustained in the crash. The victim was later listed in stable condition.

Mount Olive police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation into the accident and talked to witnesses. One individual who saw the auto accident told police that the suspect was driving a black SUV. Police later found the SUV and arrested the suspect.

The suspect, a 20-year-old male from Budd Lake NJ, was cited for numerous traffic offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody on his own recognizance.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Seriously Injured 11-Year-Old in Hit-and-Run Crash, Cops Say.”

Parsippany NJ Police Arrest Woman Accused of Committing Check Fraud, Stealing $40,000

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Parsippany NJ Theft Crime LawyersParsippany New Jersey police recently arrested an Elizabeth NJ woman who allegedly committed check fraud and stole $40,000 from her boss.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed the fraud crimes over six-month period that lasted from April 2015 to October 2015. While employed at a Parsippany NJ business, the suspect allegedly stole checks from her boss in an amount that exceeded $40,000. The suspect later cashed the checks in her own name, said Morris County prosecutors.

The victim, who owns a business in Parsippany NJ, became aware of the possible fraud and theft in March 2016 and contacted the Parsippany Police Department about the theft crimes. Parsippany NJ police then spent approximately six months investigating the alleged check fraud before determining that there was enough evidence to arrest and charge the suspect.

The suspect, a 35-year-old woman from Elizabeth New Jersey, has been charged with several crimes, including check fraud and theft by deception.

If the suspect is eventually convicted of committing check fraud, she could potentially be sentenced to several years in New Jersey State Prison. Moreover, the suspect would likely be required to pay restitution to the victim in the amount that was allegedly stolen.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Woman Stole $40K in Checks from Parsippany Business, Cops Say.”

Two Men Accused of Home Burglaries, Commercial Burglaries in Dover, New Jersey

Posted in Property Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Dover New Jersey Burglary AttorneysDover New Jersey police captured two men who were allegedly behind a string of burglaries throughout the town.

Dover NJ police officers made the arrests after getting a call about a break-in at a trailer located on West Blackwell Street in Dover, NJ. Dover police went to the scene of the burglary and reportedly came across the two suspects.

Dover cops talked to one of the suspects and determined that he was not being forthcoming with his personal information. Moreover, police believed that the suspect, a 22-year-old male, gave them a false name.

When the suspect reportedly tried to flee the scene, police officers chased him down and placed him under arrest.

During the chase, one police officer sustained a minor hand injury that required medical treatment.

Another suspect in the burglary was also arrested. Dover NJ cops encountered him at the trailer and determined that he was likely involved in the break-in. The 19-year-old man was placed under arrest and charged in connection with the trailer burglary.

While conducting an investigation into the burglary, Dover detectives linked the first suspect to four other burglaries in the Dover NJ area.

The first suspect faces criminal charges for multiple crimes, including five counts of burglary, three counts of theft of movable property, one count of criminal mischief, one count of obstruction of the administration of law, one count of resisting arrest, one count of hindering apprehension, and one count of simple possession of marijuana.

Meanwhile, the second suspect has been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and two counts of conspiracy.

To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Police Bust Suspect in 5 Burglaries in Dover.”

Police Look for Suspects in Armed Robbery of Chatham NJ Jewelry Shop

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Chatham New Jersey Robbery AttorneysChatham New Jersey police are on the lookout for two suspects who allegedly committed an armed robbery of a local jewelry store.

According to law enforcement, the suspects held up the store around 11:00 a.m. The two suspects reportedly walked into Crescent Jewelers, located on Main Street in Chatham Township, and approached the store’s co-owner. The suspects allegedly took out a handgun and pointed the weapon at the head of the victim. The suspects then allegedly used tape to tie up the victim while they ransacked the store.

The suspects reportedly managed to get away with between 200 and 300 expensive pieces of jewelry, including diamond rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Once the suspects had the jewelry, they reportedly exited the building and got into a silver Jeep. The vehicle was last seen traveling away from Chatham Township.

The jewelry that the suspects allegedly stole is valued at between $3,000 and $10,000.

Detectives with Chatham police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are currently investigating the jewelry store robbery. However, the store does not have any security cameras, so investigators have not yet been able to identify the robbers.

If authorities can eventually identify and apprehend the suspects, the men would probably be charged with armed robbery and illegal handgun possession, among other serious felonies. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife 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 NJ State Prison.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Chatham Jewelry Store Owner Held at Gunpoint during Robbery, Report Says.”

Morris County Authorities Arrest Owner of Roxbury Go-Go Bar Accused of Fraud, Credit Card Theft

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Roxbury New Jersey Racketeering LawyersAuthorities recently arrested five men accused of committing credit card theft and other fraud offenses in Roxbury, NJ.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office spent three months investigating the suspects and eventually determined that criminal charges should be brought against them. The suspects allegedly committed crimes when they obtained money in an amount greater than $500,000.

One suspect, a 61-year-old man, is the owner of Smiles II, a go-go bar located in Roxbury, NJ. The other suspects in the racketeering and fraud case include a 23-year-old Montclair NJ man, a 28-year-old male from Edgewater, a 47-year-old Succasunna man, and a 71-year-old man from Elizabeth, New Jersey. The 47-year-old Succasunna suspect is believed to be employed as a manager at the Roxbury go-go bar.

According to law enforcement, a sixth suspect in the case has not been apprehended and is still at large.

The suspects were required to make individual appearances in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, so that they could address the criminal complaints against them. They have all been charged with multiple crimes, including racketeering, money laundering, theft by deception, credit card fraud, failing to file state income taxes, and conspiracy.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is handling the criminal case, so the suspects could be in store for severe penalties if they are ultimately convicted on the most serious charges.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Roxbury Go-Go Bar Owner Charged with Money Laundering, Report Says.”

Man Who Committed Assault in Dover NJ Now Faces Murder Charges in Arizona

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Homicide

Morris County NJ Murder SuspectA man with a prior conviction for simple assault in Dover New Jersey has now been charged with murder in Arizona after police linked him to the killings of two homeless people.

According to authorities, the suspect brutally killed the victims in January 2015 and February 2015 while traveling along the Miracle Mile in Tucson, Arizona.

The suspect, a 53-year-old man male with a listed residence in Idaho, is reportedly a transient who moves around the US. Law enforcement believes that the suspect targets homeless men for assaults.

Arizona law enforcement linked the suspect to a murder after discovering the victim’s body in a drainage culvert in Tucson. Police investigators then reportedly found a strand of the suspect’s hair in the victim’s clenched fist.

Authorities found the other homicide victim, also a homeless man, in the desert. He reportedly died as a result of being stabbed in the chest with a knife and struck in the head with a rock.

In July 2014, the suspect became a focus of NJ law enforcement after using a rock to beat a homeless man in Dover, NJ. The attack occurred underneath the Route 46 bridge in Dover.

The suspect was charged with aggravated assault, but he eventually worked out a plea deal with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of simple assault. In exchange for his guilty plea, the suspect was sentenced to time served.

New Jersey law enforcement also believed that the suspect may have assaulted a different homeless person in Roxbury NJ, but investigators never found enough evidence to charge the suspect in that attack.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Accused Killer of Arizona Homeless Connected to Attacks in N.J.”

Police Arrest One Suspect, Search for Other after Armed Robbery of Chatham NJ Jewelry Store

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Chatham New Jersey Robbery ChargesTwo Essex County men have been identified as individuals who allegedly committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Chatham, NJ.

According to authorities, the suspects entered Crescent Jewelers a short time before 11:00 a.m. on July 28 and robbed the store. The suspects allegedly used handguns to threaten a jewelry store worker.

After getting approximately $75K in cash and several items of jewelry, the suspects exited the jewelry store, get into a getaway vehicle, and were driven away by a third person.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Chatham Borough Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the theft crime. Investigators were eventually able to identify the two suspects. Detectives later arrested one of the robbery suspects.

The two suspects include a 35-year-old West Orange man and a 46-year-old Newark NJ man.

The suspects have been charged with numerous crimes, including armed robbery, theft of movable property, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, illegal possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and conspiracy. Additionally, one of the suspects faces criminal charges for a certain persons offense because he is believed to have a prior conviction for a crime.

For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Armed Robbery Duo Allegedly Stole $75K from Chatham Jewelry Store.”