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Police Arrest Newton NJ Man Who Allegedly Tried to Rob Chase Bank in Franklin Lakes, NJ

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Newton NJ Bank Robbery LawyersLaw enforcement recently apprehended a Newton NJ man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 44-year-old resident of Newton, New Jersey. He reportedly fled to Alabama after committing the theft offense and was captured by Alabama State Police.

According to authorities, the suspect tried to rob the Chase Bank located on Franklin Lakes Road on April 20, 2016. Witnesses said he ran inside the bank, looked around for a moment, and then ran out of the building. It is believed that the suspect might have aborted the theft attempt after realizing that bank tellers were protected by security glass.

When the suspect entered the bank, workers knew he was probably about to commit a robbery because he wore a mask that covered his face.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with the subsequent investigation into the robbery attempt, including the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin Lakes Police Department, and the Wyckoff Police Department.

Police soon tracked down the suspect in Alabama. He is currently awaiting extradition to New Jersey. In the meantime, he is being held at an Alabama jail.

As soon as the suspect arrives in New Jersey, he will probably be transferred to the Bergen County Jail, which is located in Hackensack NJ.

If the suspect is convicted of attempted bank robbery, he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, attempted robbery is typically classified as a second degree criminal offense, with a conviction carrying a potential sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For further information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article, “Newton Man Arrested in Attempted Bank Robbery in Franklin Lakes, Police Say.”

Morristown NJ Man Allegedly Committed Sexual Assault of Underage Girl

Posted in Sex Crimes

Morristown New Jersey Sex Crime LawyersA Morristown NJ man was arrested after police determined that he sexually assaulted an underage female.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed the sexual offenses over a six-day period earlier this month.

The victim in the case is said to be 12 years old. As a result of the victim being under the age of 13, the 18-year-old suspect would be subject to enhanced penalties if he is convicted of any of the most serious sex offense charges.

Morris County NJ law enforcement started an investigation into the suspect after the victim reported the alleged sexual assaults.

While being interviewed by Morris County detectives, the suspect reportedly said that engaged in sexual relations with the victim. He was later arrested and charged with numerous sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $125K bail amount.

The suspect’s bail was initially set at $150,000, but a Morris County Superior Court judge later decided to reduce the bail amount after the suspect’s attorney pointed out that the suspect does not have any prior arrests or convictions on his record.

For more information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Morristown Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Girl, 12.”

Dover NJ Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Committed Carjacking of Taxi

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Dover NJ Carjacking LawyersDover NJ police recently arrested an illegal immigrant accused of committing a carjacking in a violent incident involving a cab driver.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 29-year-old suspect robbed a taxicab driver at knifepoint around 5:30 a.m. in September 2015. The incident occurred in the area of the intersection of Second Street and Byram Avenue in Dover, New Jersey.

The suspect may have been drunk when he approached the taxi, a Lincoln Town Car, and flashed a knife at the cab driver. The suspect allegedly stole the vehicle and drove away.

The victim dialed 911 and notified the Dover Police Department of the carjacking. A short time later, a Dover patrol officer saw the suspect driving the cab.

The subsequent chase only lasted a few moments, with the suspect reportedly crashing the cab and then attempting to flee the scene on foot. He was quickly captured by Dover police officers.

The suspect is now likely headed to trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ after a grand jury indicted him for numerous criminal charges, including carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, eluding police, and resisting arrest.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of carjacking, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, carjacking is a first degree criminal offense. While first degree felonies typically carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a carjacking conviction could lead to the suspect being sentenced to up to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Additionally, the suspect faces deportation to Mexico because he is allegedly an illegal immigrant.

Meanwhile, the suspect is being held at the Morris County Jail in Morristown NJ on a $250K bail amount.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Dover Man Indicted on Charge of Carjacking Cab Driver.”

California Man Admits to Trafficking Marijuana across State Lines and into Wharton, NJ

Posted in Drug Charges

Marijuana Distribution Charges in Wharton NJA California man recently pleaded guilty to transporting marijuana across state lines and into Morris County, New Jersey.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 51-year-old suspect used a van, with an attached trailer, to transport the illegal drugs. The suspect allegedly drove from his home in California to an apartment complex in Wharton, NJ and delivered up to 360 pounds of pot that had been packaged in cardboard boxes. The boxes were reportedly stamped with the Home Depot logo just in case police stopped the vehicle.

Morris County NJ authorities conducted a lengthy investigation into the drug trafficking operation, with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit and numerous local police departments in Morris County assisting with the investigation.

Police tracked the suspect as he delivered four boxes at the Wharton NJ apartment building and then left the area. Police later stopped the suspect’s van along Route 80 in Rockaway, New Jersey.

A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up 360 pounds of marijuana valued at roughly $1.4 million, making it the largest seizure of marijuana in Morris County NJ in 20 years.

While police waited for approval of a search warrant, the suspect reportedly fled New Jersey and went to Indiana. He was later located and placed under arrest.

Now the suspect is headed to prison after pleading guilty to serious criminal charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Since the quantity of pot in this case was greater than 25 pounds, the suspect was charged with a first degree crime.

The suspect recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and admitted to transporting the marijuana into New Jersey.

While a first degree felony conviction typically results in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison, it is expected that Morris County prosecutors will recommend that the suspect be sentenced to 7-10 years in state prison.

Additionally, the suspect will likely be required to forfeit his van, a 2011 Ford F350 pickup truck, as well as more than $123K that he had on him at the time of his arrest.

For further information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Calif. Man Admits Hauling Pot to Wharton.”

Tormey Law Firm Beats Parsippany NJ DWI Charges after Nine Months of Litigation

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI)

Parsippany New Jersey DWI AttorneysTravis J. Tormey recently defended a client against charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the Parsippany Municipal Court in Parsippany, NJ. Since the client had a prior conviction for a drunk driving violation, she now faced second offense DWI charges, which carry a potential license suspension period of two years, as well as a sentence of up to 90 days in the Morris County Jail.

Mr. Tormey has handled countless DWI cases throughout New Jersey, so he was able to raise several issues in defense of the client. First, this was a New Jersey State Police case, which meant that the State Police needed to provide timely discovery to the prosecutor so that the prosecutor could then provide discovery evidence to the defense. However, the prosecutor did not receive discovery for about five months after the DWI charges were filed. Mr. Tormey made numerous appearances in court and requested the discovery while asserting his client’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. Eventually, the Parsippany Municipal Court judge agreed and signed an order stipulated that discovery would have to be provided within 30 days or the case could be dismissed. Although the discovery was not provided within that period, the judge still failed to dismiss the case and gave the State one more chance. At the next court date, the prosecutor conveniently handed Mr. Tormey the discovery evidence in court. This evidence was extremely late, but once against the Parsippany judge failed to dismiss the case. Had the case not eventually been dismissed, Mr. Tormey would have been able to raise these issues on appeal.

With discovery finally having been provided, the next major issue in the case was the prosecution’s burden to prove that the client had, in fact, “operated” the motor vehicle. On the night of his DWI arrest, our client was found in the backseat of a car parked on the side of Route 80 in Parsippany, NJ. Law enforcement never saw our client actually driving the car. Moreover, since she was found in the backseat, the circumstances did not indicate that she had been the driver of the motor vehicle. When questioned, our client told the police officers that her husband had been driving and that they had been in the middle of an argument when the car ran out of gas, prompting him to exit the vehicle and walk away from the area. Police officers did not believe her story, so they placed her under arrest and charged her with a DWI. Mr. Tormey was able to obtain the client’s phone records, which showed that she had called multiple people for a ride after the car broke down. Moreover, Mr. Tormey subpoenaed the client’s husband so that he could provide his version of events. When the client’s husband appeared in court, he did acknowledge that he had been driving and confirmed our client’s version of events.

Based on all of this evidence and the lack of “operation” of the motor vehicle, the Parsippany prosecutor and the judge had no choice but to dismiss the DWI case, meaning that our client avoided the loss of her license and kept her record clear of a second DWI conviction.

This was a tremendous outcome for our client and a major victory for the Tormey Law Firm.

Suspect Allegedly Aimed Shotgun at Butler NJ Police Officer before Being Shot

Posted in Assault and Threat Crimes, Weapons Offenses

Butler NJ Aggravated Assault AttorneysButler NJ police apprehended a man accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a police officer.

According to law enforcement, the violent incident occurred at the Belleview Terrace home of the suspect’s grandparents in Butler, NJ. Butler police officers had been called to the house after someone reported seeing a “suspicious person” in the area.

When Butler law enforcement officers arrived at the residence, they reportedly heard loud shouting. Police officers then went inside the home and tried to arrest the suspect, but he reportedly went to a bedroom and tried to hide behind a bed.

At some point, the suspect alleged grabbed a single-barrel shotgun and pointed it at a police officer. The officer responded by shooting the suspect and hitting him four times.

The suspect was later transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson so that he could receive medical treatment for his gunshot-related injuries.

The suspect is a 23-year-old male from Butler, New Jersey. He faces charges for numerous crimes, including aggravated assault against a police officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a felon unlawfully in possession of a handgun. The suspect has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia because police allegedly found drug-related items, including hypodermic needles, in his possession at the time of the arrest.

After the suspect was treated for his gunshot wounds, he was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. The suspect was being held at the jail on a $185K bail amount.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Shot by Butler Officer Charged with Pointing Shotgun at Police.”

Morris County NJ Police Arrest 25 People for Allegedly Distributing Cocaine, Heroin in Morristown, Elsewhere

Posted in Drug Charges

Morristown New Jersey Heroin SuspectsMorris County police recently busted 25 people as part of a crackdown on illegal drug sales.

According to law enforcement, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force started an investigation into the drug trafficking operation after receiving tips about illicit drugs being distributed throughout Morris County, New Jersey.

Police eventually executed search warrants at several locations in Morris County and Passaic County and arrested a total of 25 suspects, with one suspect remaining at large. Six of the suspects live in Morristown NJ, two suspects live in Flanders NJ, and one suspect lives in Randolph NJ.

During the series of drug raids, police allegedly seized 1,400 folds of heroin, 55 grams of cocaine, and $33,500 in cash. Morris County police also allegedly seized drug packaging materials, handgun ammunition, and 11 cars.

The people believed to be the leaders of the drug trafficking operation are reportedly part of the same family and had bases of operation in Morristown and Dover. Morris County NJ prosecutors said that the suspects “were obtaining a significant supply of heroin and cocaine” and importing the drugs into Morris County for sale “throughout Morristown, Victory Gardens, Dover and surrounding areas.”

Several of the suspects who were placed under arrest are charged with serious drug offenses, including cocaine possession, cocaine distribution, possession of heroin, and distribution of heroin.

For more information about this case, read the TapInto.net article, “25 Charged in Crackdown on Morris County Heroin, Coke Trafficking.”

Chester Township NJ Woman Gets Prison Time for Defrauding Elderly Investors

Posted in Fraud Offenses

Chester Township NJ Theft LawyersA woman who used to be an investment advisor in Chester Township, New Jersey was recently sentenced to a term of incarceration of seven years in NJ State Prison for financial fraud.

The fraud went down between 2003 and 2013. According to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect falsified more than 100 financial account statements so that she could boost the values of her clients’ accounts and then steal money.

The suspect reportedly inflated the value of her clients’ accounts by more than $800K, stole more than $150,000 from her clients, and lied to obtain almost $200,000 in adviser fees.

The suspect was also accused of committing identity theft by stealing corporate identities in order to get more funds.

Among the victims were more than 20 elderly people who trusted the suspect with their life savings.

The suspect is a 64-year-old female who used to live in Chester Township, New Jersey. She faced criminal charges for multiple theft and fraud offenses, including theft by deception and embezzlement.

Now the suspect is set to go to prison for seven years after pleading guilty to the theft and fraud charges.

The suspect recently made an appearance in Somerset County Superior Court for a formal sentencing hearing.

After the sentence was handed down by the superior court judge, the acting attorney general and prosecutor for the New Jersey Office of Insurance Fraud said that the suspect was getting justice because she “duped trusting investors into believe she had their best interests in mind when all she really cared about was stealing their money to enrich her own financial well-being.”

On top of the prison sentence, the suspect will also be required to pay more than $415,000 in restitution to her many victims.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Chester Twp. Woman Gets 7 Years for Investment Fraud.”

Rockaway Township NJ Police Investigate Car Accident That Killed Mount Tabor Woman

Posted in Homicide, Traffic Violations

Rockaway NJ Vehicular Manslaughter LawyersA Mount Tabor NJ woman was recently killed in a car crash on a roadway in Rockaway Township, NJ.

According to authorities, the fatal motor vehicle accident happened just before 7:00 p.m. The victim was behind the wheel of a 2012 Honda and driving on Mount Hope Avenue, near the local TD Bank, when she was involved in a car accident. The other vehicle in the car crash was a 2014 Mercedes Benz.

Someone notified the Rockaway Township Police Department, which sent patrol cops to the scene of the car accident.

When Rockaway police officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they saw that the victim’s vehicle had overturned on its side. The driver was trapped underneath the vehicle. Once emergency responders freed the victim, she was already deceased.

The victim was a 31-year-old woman who lived in Mount Tabor, an unincorporated community within Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. She worked as a secretary to the chief of the Morristown Fire Department.

Investigators are looking into the crash. It is not believed that the driver of the other car, a 51-year-old male who lives in Denville, was drunk or driving recklessly at the time of the accident.

It does not appear that the other driver will be cited for a traffic offense or charged with vehicular manslaughter.

For further information about this case, access the DailyRecord.com article, “Victim of Rockaway Twp. Fatal ID’d as Fire Department Secretary.”

NJ Lab Tech Caught Fabricating Drug Evidence, Special Judge Will Handle Morris County Conviction Challenges

Posted in Drug Charges

Morris County NJ Marijuana Possession LawyersThe wave of litigation following the revelation that a New Jersey State Police laboratory technician fabricated evidence in a marijuana possession case has prompted the NJ State Supreme Court to assign a special judge to handle all of the resulting drug conviction challenges. The special judge will be in charge of managing and coordinating the drug crime cases.

“Dry Labbing” Marijuana Evidence

Kamalkant Shah was employed as a lab technician with the New Jersey State Police in Little Falls, NJ. He got into trouble in December 2015 when a co-worker reportedly saw him “dry labbing” a marijuana sample, which means that he was recording test results without actually conducting a test of the drug evidence.

Immediately after the allegations were made against Shah, the disgraced lab tech was suspended. He later retired from his job with the NJ State Police, which he held for roughly a decade. Despite retiring, Shah remains under criminal investigation for his alleged misconduct.

During his tenure with the NJ State Police, Shah served as the primary lab tech in 7,827 drug cases and reviewed approximately 2,600 lab reports that were prepared by other lab technicians. Shah directly handled evidence in drug cases that ended with convictions in numerous NJ counties, including Morris County, Essex County, Bergen County, and Passaic County. Shah’s lab results were crucial in many of these cases because the lab reports are used by county and municipal prosecutors to prove that a defendant actually possessed illicit narcotics.

Although authorities indicated that the only verifiable instance of misconduct by Shah is the December 2015 marijuana case, criminal defense lawyers for hundreds of other defendants have said that there is now a great deal of doubt about the evidence in the other cases as well.

As soon as authorities became aware of Shah’s dry labbing, the NJ Attorney General’s Office got involved and sent letters to every NJ county prosecutor to ask that prosecutors notify the criminal defense attorneys for any defendants in drug cases on which Shah worked.

Additionally, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office directed officials to begin the arduous process of re-testing drug samples previously tested by Shah.

Appointment of a Special Judge to Handle Drug Conviction Challenges

Now the NJ Supreme Court has gotten involved and assigned Edward Jerejian as the “special master” who will oversee all drug conviction challenges involving cases on which Shah worked as a laboratory technician. Jerejian is currently a judge in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ.

The assignment of a special judge has been welcomed by criminal defense attorneys who believe that the unique step taken by the New Jersey Supreme Court gives some indication of just how serious Shah’s misconduct was. Additionally, NJ prosecutors also embraced the decision because it should help to ease the burden on the court system as hundreds, and potentially thousands, of convicted felons in New Jersey seek to get their convictions overturned due to Shah’s misconduct.

To date, lawyers throughout New Jersey have filed motions to dismiss pending cases on which Shah worked, as well as motions to overturn convictions in drug cases where Shah’s lab work may have helped prosecutors to secure a conviction or a guilty plea.

As a special master, Jerejian will be limited to handling cases in which a criminal defendant was previously convicted of a drug crime on the basis of Shah’s lab work. This includes defendants who are currently serving prison sentences, defendants who already completed their terms of incarceration, and defendants who avoided prison and were instead placed on probation or entered into a diversionary program like Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).

Jerejian will not be handling drug cases that are still pending. Those criminal cases will still be adjudicated in their counties of origin.

For further information about this case, read the North Jersey.com article, “Bergen County Judge Assigned All Cases Involving State Lab Tech Accused of Faking a Test.”