Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Former Parsippany NJ Police Chief Faces DWI Charges

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI)

Parsippany NJ DWI LawyersThe former police chief for the Parsippany police force was recently arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Police made the DWI arrest a short time after 4:00 a.m. A Parsippany police officer was on patrol near the Parsippany Elks Lodge on Parsippany Road when he spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot.

When the police officer peered inside the car, he noticed that the vehicle’s engine was still running. Additionally, the suspect was seated in the driver’s seat and reportedly had his eyes closed.

The Parsippany cop attempted to wake up the suspect and speak to him, but the suspect reportedly had difficulty communicating with the officer.

The 72-year-old suspect, who currently resides in Sparta New Jersey, used to be employed as the deputy chief of the Parsippany Police Department. He retired from the police department in 2006.

He faces charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody on his own recognizance. He will be required to make an appearance in Parsippany Municipal Court at a later date to address the drunk driving charges.

For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Ex-Parsippany Deputy Police Chief Charged with DWI.”

Morris County Prosecutors File Suit to Secure Property Seized during Rockaway Township Drug Raid

Posted in Drug Charges

Rockaway New Jersey Marijuana AttorneysMorris County NJ prosecutors have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get legal possession of a car and cash seized in a drug raid at a Rockaway Township residence. The raid was carried out because police believed the home was being used to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

The drug raid went down at a house located on Pasha Court in Rockaway Township on October 27, 2015. Rockaway Township NJ detectives went to the house after getting a report of electricity theft from Jersey Central Power & Light.

A Rockaway detective saw that the home’s basement windows had a dark tint. Additionally, the detective reportedly noticed a heating and cooling system in the rear of the home. Moreover, the officer allegedly detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the house.

Rockaway NJ police were then able to obtain a search warrant so that they could raid the house.

During the drug raid, Rockaway police officers reportedly seized a Ford van, almost $1,400 in cash, four televisions, and 64 pot plants.

Rockaway police also arrested three people at the home. The three suspects included a 29-year-old male from Yonkers, NY, a 45-year-old female from Yonkers, New York, and a 44-year-old male from Homestead, Florida. Authorities indicated that none of the suspects owns the Rockaway NJ home.

All three suspects have been charged with multiple drug crimes, including maintaining a marijuana production facility, conspiracy to maintain a marijuana production facility, manufacturing 50 or more marijuana plants, and conspiracy to manufacture 50 or more marijuana plants. One of the suspects has also been charged with being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network.

Now Morris County prosecutors are suing to gain control over the property and cash that was seized. The prosecutor’s office recently filed suit in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, NJ, and asked the judge to eliminate the suspects’ rights to the property.

Morris County prosecutors are arguing that the property should be turned over to state officials because it was used in illegal activity.

For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Lawsuit: 64 Pot Plants Found in Rockaway Twp. House.”

Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery in Parsippany NJ, Attempts to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Parsippany New Jersey Robbery LawyersA woman who reportedly served as the getaway driver during bank robberies in Parsippany and Springfield recently tried to withdraw her guilty plea.

The 31-year-old suspect is accused of helping her friend, a 44-year-old man from Newark NJ, commit bank robberies at the Investors Savings Bank in Springfield and a Santander Bank in Parsippany in December 2013.

According to law enforcement, the suspect received $450 for her role in the bank heists.

In May 2015, the suspect entered a guilty plea on the bank robbery charges after reaching a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Under the terms of the plea deal, the suspect was expected to be sentenced to a term of incarceration of six years in New Jersey State Prison.

The suspect recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, and tried to withdraw her guilty plea. However, the superior court judge refused to allow her to take back the guilty plea.

The suspect was hoping to avoid a prison sentence and instead receive admission into the more lenient Morris County Drug Court program.

At the recent court hearing, Morris County prosecutors said that the suspect should be deemed ineligible for drug court because of the theft-related nature of her crimes. The suspect’s defense attorney countered that the suspect committed the bank thefts in order to feed her drug addiction.

Now, after the judge rejected the attempt to withdraw the guilty plea, the suspect will have to return to Morris County Superior Court on February 26 for formal sentencing.

For additional information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Judge: Parsippany Bank Robber Can’t Withdraw Plea.”

Man Living in Montville NJ Charged with Murder, Allegedly Beat Toddler to Death

Posted in Homicide

Montville NJ Murder LawyersA man living in motel room in a Montville New Jersey has been charged with murder for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s young son to death.

According to Montville authorities, the 28-year-old suspect severely beat and physically abused the young child. The assault was reportedly committed at the Knights Inn in the Pine Brook area of Montville, NJ, where the suspect lived with his girlfriend and her child.

Shortly after the child became unresponsive, the suspect called 911 and told Montville police that the boy was choking. When Montville NJ police officers got to the motel, they found the victim suffering from serious injuries. Additionally, the suspect’s girlfriend reportedly had visible bruises all over her face and body.

The victim was rushed to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. Three days later, doctors took the victim off life support. When the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, he was only three years old.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment a short time after the homicide in April 2015. When the child died, the assault charges were upgraded to first degree murder charges.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ. He has been at the correctional facility for the past nine months on a massive $1 million bail amount.

The suspect’s high bail amount was recently maintained when a judge rejected the suspect’s bail reduction request.

During the bail review hearing in a Morris County courtroom, Morris County NJ prosecutors said that the suspect killed “a defenseless little boy.”

To learn more about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Bail Kept at $1M on Accused Child Killer in Montville.”

Morristown NJ Man Accused of Causing DWI Accident Involving Randolph Police Car

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Traffic Violations

Randolph NJ Drunk Driving Accident LawyersPolice in Randolph NJ police arrested a Morristown NJ man accused of causing a DWI accident on a local street.

The car accident happened a short time before 1:00 a.m. on January 20, 2016. A Randolph New Jersey police officer had parked his patrol vehicle in a construction zone around Sussex Turnpike and Mt. Freedom Avenue in Randolph, NJ. Police had marked the construction zone with safety barricades and traffic cones.

A number of other Randolph NJ police officers were also working in the construction zone to ensure that workers remained safe while moving around. Moreover, Randolph police arranged a detour for traffic from the Sussex Turnpike to Mt. Freedom Avenue.

The Randolph officer eventually involved in the drunk driving accident parked his patrol car approximately 30 feet from the construction zone. The vehicle’s emergency vehicles were activated, making it easier for other drivers to spot it.

The 20-year-old suspect, who resides in Morristown, was allegedly behind the wheel of a 2002 Toyota Rav 4 that he crashed into the Randolph police officer’s patrol vehicle. The suspect was reportedly intoxicated while traveling east on Sussex Turnpike.

According to authorities, the suspect drove through safety barricades and cones, refused to slow down, and crashed into the police vehicle.

The Randolph police officer was sitting in the car at the time of the accident. He sustained physical injuries that required him to get medical treatment at Morristown Medical Center.

The accident also caused significant damage to the patrol car.

Randolph police conducted an investigation and determined that the suspect was drunk, so he was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Additionally, the suspect was charged with several crimes, including assault by auto, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beyond that, the suspect was issued citations for multiple traffic offenses.

For more information about this case, see the TAPinto.net article, “Morristown Man Arrested for DUI after Hitting Randolph Police Vehicle Head On.”

Two Homeless Men Face Assault Charges for Allegedly Attacking Other Homeless Man in Dover, New Jersey

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Weapons Offenses

Dover NJ Aggravated Assault LawyersPolice recently arrested two homeless men accused of beating another homeless man in Dover, NJ.

The violent incident is said to have happened a short time before 11:00 p.m. According to Dover NJ authorities, the two suspects are brothers who were residing in the country illegally. The suspects are reportedly undocumented immigrants from Honduras.

The attack went down under the Route 46 overpass in Dover, New Jersey. Police indicated that the two suspects lived under the highway and shared a tent with the assault victim.

The suspects were reportedly drunk when they approached the victim just as he was preparing to go to sleep for the night. One of the suspects allegedly brandished a knife and attempted to stab the victim. Both suspects allegedly kicked and punched the victim in the mouth, hands, and leg during the assault. The suspects also allegedly shoved the victim down a hill.

Afterwards, the victim walked to the Dover Police Department and alerted police. Officers at the police station noticed that the suspect had a bloody lip and was struggling to walk with a limp.

Dover NJ police investigated the incident and quickly located the suspects. The victim then reportedly identified he two suspects as his attackers during a photograph lineup.

Both were charged with aggravated assault. One of the suspects was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspects were taken to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey.

Law enforcement noted that the suspects may face deportation because they are allegedly in the country illegally. The Dover Police Department has contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Brothers Charged with Beating Homeless Man in Dover.”

Randolph NJ Woman Gets Probation for Embezzlement, Theft of $75,000 from Dentist

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Randolph NJ Theft and Fraud AttorneysA Randolph New Jersey woman was recently spared prison time and instead sentenced to probation for the theft of $75,000 from a local dentist.

The thefts are said to have occurred over a three-year period. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect took $75K from her former employer in Randolph, NJ. The suspect was employed as an office manager and bookkeeper at a Randolph dental office.

Authorities believe that the suspect committed many of the thefts by using credit cards issued in the victim’s name.

Law enforcement eventually became aware of the thefts and began an investigation. The 46-year-old defendant, a mother of three kids, was placed under arrest and charged with theft by unlawful taking and credit card theft.

The defendant later reached a plea agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and agreed to pay restitution to the victim; in exchange, Morris County prosecutors recommended that the defendant be sentenced to probation, not prison time.

As a result of the plea deal, the suspect should be able to stay out of prison. She recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown for a formal sentencing hearing. The superior court judge handed down a lenient sentence of three years of probation. As long as the suspect avoids violating the terms of her probation, she will not have to serve time in New Jersey State Prison.

The superior court judge also ordered the suspect to undergo a mental health evaluation.

To learn more about this case, access the DailyRecord.com article, “Randolph Woman Gets Probation for Stealing $75K from Employer.”

Parsippany NJ Police Arrest Two for Brutal Assault, Robbery of Man at Local Motel

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Drug Charges, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Parsippany New Jersey Robbery LawyersParsippany NJ police recently arrested two people who allegedly assaulted and robbed a man at a local motel.

The violent incident occurred around 11:00 p.m. on December 30, 2015. According to law enforcement, the suspects assaulted the victim at the Travelodge Parsippany on Route 46 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The first suspect is reportedly acquainted with the victim. The suspect allegedly became upset with the victim when the victim noted that he did not have any cigarettes. According to the victim, the suspect was so angry that he attacked the victim.

After the initial assault, the suspect reportedly exited the room momentarily and then returned with another person. The two suspects then allegedly stole more than $1,000 in cash from the victim.

During the course of committing the robbery, the suspects allegedly punched and kicked the victim in the head.

Afterwards, the victim dialed 911 and alerted Parsippany NJ police.

Parsippany police officers staked out the motel parking lot and waited for the suspects to come back. When one of the suspects returned to the hotel parking, he was accompanied by a 19-year-old man from Brooklyn, NY.

Parsippany police conducted a search of the vehicle and the passenger and allegedly discovered him carrying a small amount of marijuana. As a result, the passenger was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana.

The other suspects are a 22-year-old male from Uxbridge, Massachusetts and a 22-year-old male from Parsippany, New Jersey. They face numerous criminal charges, including robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and theft of movable property. Moreover, one of the primary suspects faces charges for aggravated assault.

After being arrested and processed, the main suspects in the case were remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. They were being held at the jail on separate $65,000 bail amounts.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Who Wouldn’t Give up Cigarette Beaten and Robbed.”

Morris Township Man Charged with Child Endangerment, Accused of Possessing Child Pornography

Posted in Sex Crimes

Morris Township Child Pornography LawyersA Morris Township NJ man with a role on the Morris County Board of Elections faces serious criminal charges for possession of child pornography.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 73-year-old suspect committed the sexual offenses between January 2010 and September 2015. The suspect reportedly possessed and viewed several photos of underage children engaging in sexual acts.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office detectives investigated the suspect and eventually obtained enough evidence to charge him with endangering the welfare of a child. Detectives served the suspect with a criminal complaint; however, he was not taken into custody by police.

The suspect was also charged with simple possession of marijuana because police allegedly found him with pot on his person while serving him with the criminal complaint.

Sometime after news of the criminal charges broke, the suspect was suspended from his position with the Morris County Board of Elections. He has served on the NJ elections board since August 2004.

The suspect, who lives in Morris Township, New Jersey, recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown. The suspect entered a plea of not guilty, meaning that he will be required to return to court in February in order to address the criminal charges.

To learn more about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Morris Worker in Court on Child Porn Charge.”

Madison NJ Police Arrest Two for Allegedly Attacking, Robbing Man in Drug Deal

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Drug Charges, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Madison NJ Aggravated Assault AttorneysPolice in Madison NJ captured two people who allegedly robbed a person during a drug deal gone bad.

The theft incident went down a short time before 6:30 p.m. According to authorities, the suspects setup a drug deal at a location near Madison Avenue in Madison, New Jersey.

When the 20-year-old victim showed up at the prearranged location, the suspects reportedly assaulted him and took an unspecified amount of pot from him.

After the attack, the victim dialed 911 and alerted the Madison Police Department. The victim then gave police a detailed description of the suspects.

The Madison Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section worked together on the subsequent investigation.

Madison NJ police canvassed the area and tried to locate the suspects. Police officers eventually came across the car reportedly used by the suspects to drive to the drug transaction.

The two suspects, a 22-year-old Morristown man and an 18-year-old Scotch Plains NJ woman, were found by police a short time later.

The male suspect was arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including robbery and aggravated assault. The female suspect also arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Madison law enforcement indicated that more charges could be pending in the case.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the male suspect was moved to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $5,000 bail amount. Meanwhile, the female suspect was released on her own recognizance.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 Accused of Robbery, Assault After Pot Deal Goes Bad, Cops Say.”