Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Man Allegedly Had Handgun During Road Rage Incident in Franklin NJ, Charged with Unlawful Possession of Weapon

Posted in Traffic Violations, Weapons Offenses

Franklin NJ Road Rage SuspectFranklin New Jersey police arrested a Connecticut man who allegedly pulled a gun on a driver on Route 23.

Sometime around 8:00 p.m., Franklin NJ police got a call about a “road rage” incident on Route 23 in Franklin, New Jersey. The individual who called police to report the incident also indicated that the driver was in possession of a gun.

Police officers arrived at the scene and conducted an investigation. According to law enforcement, the 57-year-old suspect flashed a firearm “in the direction of but not at the driver of another vehicle.” The incident reportedly occurred while the suspect pulled his vehicle into a Quick Chek gas station in Franklin, NJ.

Police have not yet revealed the reason for the suspect allegedly pulling a handgun on the other driver. However, a Franklin police news release stated that the suspect brandished the gun because he wanted to intimidate the other driver.

Shortly after police found the suspect, they placed him under arrest. The suspect was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

If the suspect is eventually convicted of illegal handgun possession, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, anyone who possesses a handgun without first having obtained a carry permit can be charged with a second degree criminal offense. A conviction on second degree unlawful possession of a weapon charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Sussex County Jail. He was being held at the facility on a $10,000 bail amount.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Driver Pulled Gun in Road Rage Incident.”

East Orange Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Possessing Heroin in Andover Motel

Posted in Drug Charges

Andover New Jersey Heroin LawyersAn East Orange NJ man has been sentenced to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison for distribution of heroin.

The 43-year-old suspect was placed under arrest in December 2014 during a drug bust at the Holiday Motel in Andover, NJ. The arrest was the culmination of a joint investigation by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force, the Andover Police Department, and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

According to authorities, the suspect tried to flush a large amount of heroin down the toilet before police entered his motel room. Police officers knocked on the door and heard the sound of flushing, prompting them to burst into the room.

Although the suspect managed to flush a large amount of heroin, police were still able to stop the suspect from destroying most of the evidence. Police reportedly found and seized three “bricks” of heroin, which is the equivalent of 154 bags of heroin.

The suspect was arrested and charged with third degree distribution of heroin.

According to Sussex County prosecutors, the suspect later admitted to investigators that he sold 50 bags of heroin to an undercover informant.

In March 2015, the suspect pleaded guilty to the heroin distribution charges. Now he has finally been sentenced for his drug crimes. The suspect recently made an appearance in Sussex County Superior Court, which is located in Newton, New Jersey. At the sentencing hearing, the superior court judge sentenced the suspect to 5 years in NJ State Prison. The suspect will have to serve at least 30 months of his sentence before he becomes eligible for release on parole.

The judge also ordered the suspect to pay more than $1,200 in fines and court fees.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Caught with ‘Bricks’ of Heroin Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison, Report Says.”

Newton NJ Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Drove on Sidewalk, Charge Him with DWI

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Traffic Violations

Newton NJ Drunk Driving LawyersNewton NJ police recently arrested a local man accused of being intoxicated and driving his car on a sidewalk.

Three Newton patrol officers were dispatched to Pine Street in Newton NJ after receiving a report of a car accident. When the officers got to the scene, they found the suspect’s vehicle, an Acura TL, stopped next to a utility pole.

The officers conducted an investigation and determined that the 21-year-old suspect was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road. According to officials, the suspect drove on the sidewalk for approximately 100 feet, sideswiped a tree, and slammed into a street sign. The vehicle eventually came to a rest in front of the utility pole.

Authorities said that the car accident occurred during the early morning hours.

While police investigated the accident, they called for medical assistance because the suspect sustained head and neck injuries in the crash. The suspect was taken to Newton Medical Center in order to receive medical treatment for his injuries.

The suspect was eventually charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, and driving without insurance.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the drunk driving charges, he could face significant penalties. Even if the suspect has no prior DWI convictions on his record, he would be subject to penalties that include up to 30 days in jail and suspension of his driver’s license for a period of 3 months.

The suspect will be required to appear in Newton Municipal Court at a later date in order to address the charges against him.

The suspect’s vehicle sustained significant damage in the crash and needed to be towed from the accident scene.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Newton Man Cited for DWI After Driving on Sidewalk, Cops Say.”

Vernon NJ Police Arrest Woman Who Was Allegedly Under Influence of Drugs When She Drove to Police Station

Posted in Drug Charges, Drunk Driving (DWI)

Vernon New Jersey DUI AttorneysVernon NJ police arrested a local woman accused of being under the influence of drugs when she went to Vernon police headquarters.

The suspect went to the police station so that she could file a police report.

According to law enforcement, the suspect drove her personal vehicle to the station and spoke with a police officer. The officer allegedly observed the suspect and noticed that she was slurring her words as she attempted to speak. Moreover, the officer reportedly saw that the suspect was struggling to stay awake while waiting in the police station lobby.

After the suspect filled out a police report and gave it to the officer, she exited the building and walked toward the parking lot. A police officer followed the suspect and saw her get into her car.

Before the suspect was able to start her vehicle, police asked her to get out of the car because she was suspected of being drunk and/or high.

Police officers then administered a series of field sobriety tests to the suspect. According to authorities, the suspect failed to adequately complete the field sobriety tests.

The suspect was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

The suspect was also charged with possession of a prescription legend drug and possession of a Schedule I substance because police officers allegedly found drugs inside her car.

After the suspect was arrested and processed, she was released to the custody of a friend. She will be required to appear in Sussex County Superior Court at a later date in order to address the charges against her.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Showed Up at Vernon Police Station While on Drugs, Cops Say.”

Woman Allegedly Stole Purses from Shoppers in Morris Plains, Elsewhere in Morris County

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Morristown New Jersey Theft AttorneysMorris Plains NJ police arrested a Morristown woman who allegedly pickpocketed several people in stores across Morris County, New Jersey.

According to law enforcement, the 48-year-old suspect most recently stole a purse from a woman who was shopping at Kohl’s in Morris Plains, NJ. The suspect is believed to have gotten away with approximately $1,800 in cash taken from the victim’s purse.

The victim eventually located her purse on the floor between clothes racks. However, the purse had been emptied.

Authorities said that the suspect has committed comparable thefts throughout Morris County and Essex County. Similar theft-related incidents were previously reported in Montville, Morristown, Wharton, Millburn, and Livingston.

Most of these theft incidents involved customers who were distracted while shopping. The victims lost their purses and wallets after leaving them unattended.

Investigators with the Morris Plains Police Department identified the suspect after looking at video surveillance footage from the Kohl’s store in Morris Plains, NJ.

The suspect was later placed under arrest without incident. She has been charged with theft of movable property.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. She is being held at the Bergen County correctional facility because she allegedly violated her parole.

The suspect will be required to appear in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown at a later date to address the recent theft charges.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Morristown Woman Pick-Pocketed in Lots of Towns, Cops Say.”

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Committed Armed Robbery at Rockaway NJ Best Western Hotel

Posted in Drug Charges, Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Rockaway Township Armed Robbery LawyersPolice arrested a man accused of committing an armed robbery at the Best Western hotel in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the 27-year-old suspect tried to steal cash from a register behind the front desk. When a hotel clerk saw the theft and attempted to intervene, the suspect allegedly took out a pellet gun and pointed it at the clerk. Prosecutors later said that the clerk believed the pellet gun was a real handgun.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene with $324 stolen from the cash register.

Rockaway Township NJ police were called to the scene a short time later. The clerk provided police with a description of the suspect and also notified investigators that the suspect was a “frequent guest” at the hotel.

Police officers were able to track down the 27-year-old suspect the next day. When police found the suspect, he was reportedly still in possession of the pellet gun. The gun was identified as a black Walther P99.

The suspect now faces charges for armed robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Additionally, police allegedly found the suspect in possession of cocaine. As a result, the suspect has also been charged with possession of cocaine.

Investigators said that the suspect made incriminating admissions while he was being arrested.

After being placed under arrest and questioned by police, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was initially being held at the jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The suspect recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court, also located in Morristown NJ, for a bail review hearing. The suspect told the judge that he has spent some time at a rehabilitation facility and is trying to get better. At the conclusion of the hearing, the superior court judge lowered the suspect’s bail to $125,000. However, there is no 10-percent cash option for bail.

 

To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Man Accused of Armed Robbery at Motel Was Occasional Guest, Report Says.”

Two Juvenile Accused of Driving Stolen Vehicle, Eluding Police in Denville, Parsippany

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Traffic Violations

Parsippany NJ Eluding ChargesNew Jersey State Police recently arrested two juveniles who allegedly led officers on a high-speed pursuit and then crashed their vehicle.

NJ State Police received a call about a stolen vehicle being driven eastbound on Route 80 in Rockaway, New Jersey. The call came shortly before 3:00 a.m.

Once troopers found the suspects’ vehicle, they reportedly observed that it had failed to maintain a lane and was traveling across several lanes of travel.

The car, a white Dodge Caravan, initially slowed down after police tried to initiate a traffic stop near mile maker 38.3 in Denville, NJ. However, the vehicle began to move erratically toward the shoulder of the road before accelerating back onto Route 80.

A high-speed pursuit followed. According to authorities, the suspects’ vehicle exceeded 100 MPH during the chase before the driver lost control and crashed around mile marker 46 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The suspects were ejected out of the car and onto the highway as a result of the accident. Afterwards, both suspects were transported to Morristown Medical Center so that they could be treated for their injuries.

Law enforcement investigated the incident and determined that the two suspects were juvenile “runaways” who had come from Pennsylvania. Additionally, investigators reportedly confirmed that the Dodge Caravan had been stolen.

Authorities have not released much other information about the crash at this time. The official police report does not indicate whether the suspects were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred. Additionally, the police report does not go into detail about the severity of the suspects’ injuries as a result of the crash.

Both suspects have been charged with receiving stolen property and eluding. Additionally, the teen driver of the vehicle has been charged with several traffic offenses.

One of the suspects is currently being held at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center. The other suspect remains in custody at the Morristown hospital.

 

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article entitled “State Police: Juveniles Exceed 100 MPH in Parsippany, Ejected from Vehicle.”

Man Enters Guilty Plea on Arson Charges, Admits Setting Fire to Three Buildings in Branchville, NJ

Posted in Property Offenses

Branchville New Jersey Arson SuspectA Branchville NJ man is set to be sentenced for arson after reportedly admitting to having set fire to three local buildings over a three-year period.

According to authorities, the 68-year-old suspect started a fire on two occasions at a three-building storage area at Wilco Air Conditioning Refrigeration Heating. The facility is located on Mill Street in Branchville, New Jersey. The incidents reportedly occurred in November 2012 and November 2013.

The suspect also allegedly set fire to a warehouse operated by Habitat for Humanity Restore, which is located on Milk Street in Branchville, NJ.

Investigators were able to track down the suspect after an eyewitness contacted police and reported seeing the suspect at the Wilco buildings shortly before the 2013 fire.

Police found the suspect at his home on Milk Street and placed him under arrest. According to officials, the suspect’s residence is just blocks away from the sites of the fires.

After the suspect allegedly admitted to a detective that he had started all three fires, he was charged with third degree arson.

Now the suspect has entered a guilty plea on the arson charges. After reaching the plea agreement with prosecutors, the suspect appeared in Sussex County Superior Court and admitted to starting the fires. As a result of the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three separate charges for criminal mischief.

The suspect will have to return to court on June 19 for sentencing. Since arson is classified as a third degree felony, he could potentially have faced a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, the terms of the plea deal call for him to be sentenced to 5 years of probation.

The suspect will also be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and pay heavy fines for starting the fires.

 

For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Pleads Guilty to Setting 3 Fires Over 3 Years in Branchville.”

NJ Police Raid Pequannock, Riverdale Businesses, Arrest 9 People for Prostitution

Posted in Sex Crimes

Pequannock NJ Prostitution ChargesNJ police recently arrested several people for prostitution after conducting raids at four businesses in Pequannock, Pompton Plains, and Riverdale.

The raids were conducted after the Riverdale Police Department and the Lincoln Park Police Department spent two months conducting an investigation into the businesses. Assisting the local police departments in the investigation was the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The raids were carried out at four businesses: Natural and Artificial Care in Pequannock NJ, the GW Center in Pompton Plains NJ, Sun Star Therapy in Pompton Plains, and Riverdale Therapy in Riverdale.

All told, police officers arrested nine people as a result of the raids. All of the suspects were charged with prostitution-related offenses.

Police arrested three people at Natural Artificial Care in Pequannock, New Jersey. The suspects include a 33-year-old Bronx New York woman, a 43-year-old Perth Amboy NJ woman, and a 51-year-old Florida woman. All three suspects have been charged with prostitution and conspiracy to promote prostitution.

Police arrested another three individuals at the GW Center in Pompton Plains, NJ. Among those arrested was a 50-year-old woman from Staten Island, New York. She faces charges for operating a sexually oriented business, promoting prostitution, and conspiracy to commit prostitution. Police also arrested a 26-year-old woman from Brooklyn NY and a 50-year-old woman from Bridgewater NJ, both of whom have been charged with prostitution and conspiracy to commit prostitution.

Only one person was placed under arrest at Sun Star Therapy in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. She has been charged with operating a sexually oriented business and prostitution.

Police arrested two more people at Riverdale Therapy in Riverdale NJ: a 42-year-old woman from Queens NY and a 57-year-old woman accused of operating the illegal prostitution business.

While conducting the raids, police also seized roughly $10,000 in cash, as well as two vehicles with a combined value of approximately $50,000.

Not long after being arrested and processed, all of the suspects were released from police custody on their own recognizance. All of the suspects will be required to appear in local municipal court at a later date to address the charges against them.

 

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Several Charged with Prostitution in Pequannock, Nearby Towns.”

Man Accused of Starting Fire in Parsippany NJ, Charged with Aggravated Arson

Posted in Property Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Parsippany New Jersey Arson ChargesParsippany police arrested a man who allegedly set fire to a couch and injured one person at a residence in Parsippany, NJ.

According to officials, the 27-year-old suspect started the blaze by igniting a couch. The couch had reportedly been left outdoors at a Lakeshore Drive residence.

Investigators determined that the suspect did not reside at the house. However, he reportedly knew the individual who did live at the house and who was injured while trying to put out the fire.

Once the fire grew out of control, Parsippany NJ police were called to the house.

Police and fire officials arrived at the scene and saw the couch on fire. It was later determined that the couch was the cause of the fire. First responders were able to extinguish the fire without any further injuries or property damage.

Parsippany police are currently investigating the alleged arson incident. At this time, investigators have not revealed why the couch was outside the home. Moreover, police have not stated if the suspect intended to cause damage to the house.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with several criminal offenses, including aggravated arson, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Prosecutors have indicated why the weapons charges were filed against the suspect.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the aggravated arson charges, he would face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1, aggravated arson is a second degree criminal offense. Anyone who causes a fire resulting in injury to another person can be charged with second degree aggravated arson. A conviction for second degree aggravated arson can lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department has asked anyone with information about the fire to call investigators at 973-263-4300. Members of the public can also leave anonymous tips by calling Morris County CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

 

For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Accused of Setting Couch Ablaze, Damaging Lake Parsippany Home.”