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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Teen Driver Accused of Crashing Jeep in Riverdale NJ, Charged with Careless Driving

Posted in Traffic Violations

Riverdale NJ Careless Driving AttorneysA teenage driver was cited for careless driving after he allegedly crashed his Jeep into a telephone pole in Riverdale, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspect was driving his Jeep Grand Cherokee on Windbeam Road in Riverdale NJ when he lost control of the vehicle. At some point while attempting to drive the Jeep down an incline, the suspect allegedly struck a curb, then a large concrete wall. The Jeep eventually slammed into a telephone pole before rolling over.

As a result of the crash, the telephone pole snapped in half.

The accident happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. Not long after that, Riverdale NJ police received a call about the crash and sent officers to the area. When police arrived at the scene, they saw the damaged Jeep, as well as a telephone pole that had been snapped in half.

Thankfully, the driver of the Jeep was unharmed in the accident. Additionally, a passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.

The car accident caused a significant power outage that affected the surrounding area in Riverdale. However, work crews quickly mobilized to replace the damaged telephone pole restore power to the area.

After the crash, Riverdale New Jersey police investigated and determined that the driver was probably at fault for the accident. Riverdale police subsequently issued the driver a summons for careless driving.

If the driver is eventually convicted on the careless driving charges, he could receive two points on his NJ driver’s license. If convicted, the driver might also be subject to a monetary fine.

For further information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Riverdale Cops: 17-Year-Old Crashed Jeep into Pole.”

Hit-and-Run Crash in Madison New Jersey Results in Death of Victim

Posted in Homicide, Traffic Violations

Madison New Jersey Hit and Run SuspectAuthorities are looking for leads in a fatal hit-and-run car accident in Madison, NJ.

According to prosecutors, a 53-year-old Madison NJ man was fatally struck by a vehicle in a possible hit-and-run accident near the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Avenue in Madison, New Jersey. Afterwards, the suspect allegedly fled the scene and traveled east on Main Street in the direction of Chatham, New Jersey.

Although the car accident happened on June 20, the victim’s injuries did not prove fatal until July.

After the car accident, the victim was transported to the Morristown Medical Center. He remained at the hospital until his tragic death on July 1.

The Madison Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit are actively investigating the circumstances of the victim’s death. Investigators believe that the victim may have sustained his critical injuries in a hit-and-run accident.

Police recently revealed that they are looking for a 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. It is possible that the vehicle sustained minimal damage to its front area.

If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, they would likely face significant criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, death by vehicular homicide is usually classified as a second degree felony – unless the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. A conviction on vehicular homicide charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Anyone who has information about the hit-and-run accident or the suspect should call investigators at 973-593-3000 or 973-285-6200.

To learn more about this case, read the MorrisCounty.com article entitled “Authorities Confirm the Death of the Victim of a Possible Hit and Run in Madison.”

Men Gets 5 Years in Prison for Driving While High on Drugs, Killing Pedestrian in Roxbury, New Jersey

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI), Homicide, Traffic Violations

Roxbury NJ Vehicular Homicide SuspectA man who was high on prescription medication when he crashed into and killed a pedestrian in Roxbury NJ has been sentenced to serve 5 years in NJ State Prison.

According to Morris County prosecutors, the 29-year-old suspect was under the influence of Ambien, as well as anti-anxiety medication, when he drove a Subaru wagon on Route 46 in Roxbury, New Jersey. The fatal accident occurred on June 3, 2014.

At some point while driving, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and hit a sign on North Frontage Road. The suspect then merged back onto Route 46 and crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic. After slamming into the 28-year-old victim, the suspect’s vehicle rolled over and hit a tree.

The victim, a Roxbury NJ man, was walking on the sidewalk as he headed to his job at a gas station located on Route 46. The victim died as a result of his injuries.

The suspect reportedly took an Ambien, a strong sleeping pill, prior to the accident. It is also believed that the suspect took a high dosage of anti-anxiety medication.

The suspect said that he is a recovering heroin addict. He reportedly took the medications on the day of the accident because he was nervous about starting a new job at a ShopRite grocery store in Succasunna, NJ.

In April 2015, the suspect pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The suspect also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI).

The suspect recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ for a sentencing hearing. Before the judge handed down the sentence, the suspect apologized for his actions and told the judge, “I’m sorry an innocent life has been taken away through my fault.”

The judge ultimately sentenced the suspect to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. The suspect will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he becomes eligible for release on parole.

Additionally, the suspect’s NJ driver’s license was revoked for a period of 10 years.

When issuing the sentence, the judge noted that the suspect has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Moreover, the suspect was on probation when the fatal accident occurred – he reportedly stole jewelry from his relatives in order to support his heroin addiction.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Impaired Driver Gets 5 Years for Killing Roxbury Pedestrian.”

Man Reportedly Admits Robbery of PNC Bank in Jefferson, NJ

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Jefferson New Jersey Bank Robbery ChargesA Jefferson New Jersey man recently pleaded guilty to robbing a local PNC Bank.

According to Morris County NJ prosecutors, the 57-year-old suspect appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown and admitted to the bank robbery.

In March, the suspect allegedly walked into the PNC Bank located on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson, NJ. The suspect wore a wig and a mask as he entered the bank and approached a bank teller.

The suspect was also allegedly in possession of an imitation handgun.

Authorities said that the suspect confronted the bank teller and demanded that the teller hand over money from the bank vault. The money reportedly had a tracking device on it, which allowed law enforcement to locate the suspect.

The suspect was placed under arrest at his home on Wildwood Road in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. When police arrested the suspect, he allegedly had the stolen money on him.

According to authorities, the suspect was previously convicted on a different robbery charge.

After entering a guilty plea for the most recent robbery in Jefferson NJ, the suspect is now subject to significant penalties. Morris County prosecutors are likely to recommend that the suspect serve a sentence of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, the suspect would be required to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

The suspect will have to return to Morris County Superior Court in August for a sentencing hearing.

To learn more about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Felon Admits to Wearing Wig, Mask, Robbing Jefferson Bank.”

Man Cited for Traffic Violations After Allegedly Crashing into Bicyclist in Riverdale, New Jersey

Posted in Traffic Violations

Riverdale New Jersey Speeding LawyersPolice recently arrested a man accused of driving a car and slamming into a bicyclist in Riverdale, New Jersey.

The accident occurred during the early morning hours. According to law enforcement, the 25-year-old suspect was behind the wheel of an Acura when he tried to make a left turn at the intersection of Kenner Court and Riverdale Road in Riverdale, NJ. While making the turn, the suspect allegedly hit the 41-year-old victim, who was riding his bicycle on the roadway.

The victim, who is from Wanaque NJ, was knocked off his bike and went flying over the hood of the suspect’s car. As a result of the contact, the victim suffered injuries to his arms and legs.

After the accident, the victim was transported to Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ. The victim received medical treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Riverdale police officers were called to the scene of the accident to investigate. Police spoke with witnesses, who said that the suspect may have been “traveling at a high rate of speed.” Witnesses also told police that they were not sure if the suspect used his turn signal prior to turning.

The suspect, who is from Paterson NJ, has been charged with a number of traffic violations, including careless driving, improper turn, and failure to inspect. The suspect has not yet been charged with speeding.

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Was Speeding Prior to Hitting Biker, Riverdale Cops Say.”

Roxbury New Jersey Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Robbery Spree

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses

Roxbury New Jersey Robbery LawyersA Roxbury NJ man has been sentenced to serve 7 years in state prison for committing several crimes during a four-day robbery spree in 2014.

The 23-year-old defendant, who resided in the Succasunna section of Roxbury Township, committed at least three robberies at Roxbury businesses between March 31 and April 3, 2014.

The first theft occurred at Harmon Discount, which is located on Route 10 in Roxbury. The defendant walked up to the store cashier and handed him a note demanding cash. However, the defendant later fled the store without actually getting any money.

A few days later, the defendant rode a bicycle to a local Fuel 10 gas station, which is also located on Route 10 in Roxbury. The defendant approached a gas station attendant and demanded that he give him money. The defendant reportedly brandished a knife during the attempted theft. Once again, however, the defendant fled the scene before securing any cash.

The next day, the defendant finally succeeded in getting cash from a robbery attempt. He walked into the Wells Fargo bank located on Route 10 in the Succasunna part of Roxbury, New Jersey. The defendant approached a bank teller and handed him a note demanding cash. The note also stated that the defendant was armed with a gun. After getting approximately $1,000 from the teller, the defendant ran out of the bank.

Police eventually captured the defendant and placed him under arrest. He was subsequently charged with three counts of robbery.

In June 2015, the defendant pleaded guilty to all three robbery counts. Now he has been sentenced to 7 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Had the defendant gone to trial, he may have faced as many as 20 years in prison. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies armed robbery as a first degree felony, which is punishable by a sentence of 10-20 years in state prison.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Succasunna Man Sentenced in Series of Failed, Completed Robberies.”

Police Shut Down Drug Trafficking Ring, Seize $90K Worth of Marijuana, Prescription Drugs in Roxbury, NJ

Posted in Drug Charges

Roxbury NJ Marijuana Distribution LawyersPolice recently shut down a major drug trafficking ring that was operating in Roxbury, NJ.

According to law enforcement, the drug trafficking operation involved the shipment of illegal narcotics, such as marijuana and Xanax, from Texas all the way to New Jersey. The shipments went through Morris County, NJ.

Authorities started to investigate the suspects after learning that they were transporting large amounts of drugs from Texas. The joint investigation into the drug trafficking ring included the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force and the Roxbury Police Department.

The raid went down at a motel located in Roxbury, NJ. During the raid, Roxbury NJ police allegedly seized 2,000 Xanax pills and 15 pounds of marijuana. According to authorities, the drugs seized in the raid have an estimated street value of approximately $90,000.

Additionally, Roxbury police seized a Land Rover and roughly $2,000 in cash.

A total of six people were placed under arrest. The suspects include two residents of Brooklyn NY and four individuals from Texas.

The suspects will probably be charged with a number of serious drug crimes, including marijuana distribution and illegal prescription drug distribution.

After the suspects were arrested and processed, they were taken to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. All of the suspects were being held on high bail amounts ranging all the way up to $175,000.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Police Charge Suspects in Texas-to-Morris County Drug Ring.”

Police Arrest Orange NJ Man Accused of Robbing Parking Lot Employee at Morristown Medical Center

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Orange New Jersey Armed Robbery LawyersPolice arrested a man who allegedly committed an armed robbery at a parking lot in Morristown, NJ.

According to law enforcement, the 43-year-old suspect robbed a parking garage worker at the Morristown Medical Center in May 2014. The medical center is located on Madison Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey.

The suspect, who lives in Orange NJ, walked up to the parking lot employee, flashed a handgun, and demanded that the worker give him money.

After the suspect got an undisclosed amount of cash, he reportedly fled the area on foot.

Police investigated the robbery and eventually identified the suspect as the culprit. A warrant was then issued for the suspect’s arrest.

Law enforcement finally located the suspect in East Orange, New Jersey. He was arrested without further incident.

The suspect was charged with several crimes, including robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $250,000 bail amount.

Investigators continue to look into the robbery. Anyone with information about the theft or the suspect should call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 873-285-6200 or the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Suspect in ’14 Morristown Armed Robbery Arrested.”

Tormey Law Firm Successfully Challenges DWI Charges in Guttenberg, New Jersey

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI)

Morristown New Jersey DUI LawyersTravis J. Tormey recently defended a client against a first offense DWI violation in Guttenberg Municipal Court. The client had reportedly registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .13 percent. As a result, the client faced significant DWI penalties, including: suspension of his driver’s license for a period of 1 year, heavy fines, mandatory alcohol education classes at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), and up to 30 days in the local county jail.

When the client called the Tormey Law Firm, Mr. Tormey immediately got to work defending the client against the DUI charges. Mr. Tormey reviewed the discovery evidence and determined that the breath test reading should not be admissible in court. The two breath samples provided by the client were “outside tolerance,” which means that they were not close enough in nature. In other words, the disparity between the two breath test readings suggested that the breath machine was not working properly. In accordance with the State v. Chun decision, the breath test samples should have been tossed out in court.

Additionally, the client was dealing with chronic feet issues at the time of the DWI traffic stop. In fact, the client had been medically discharged from the armed services because of his health issues. Clearly the client should not have been subject to field sobriety testing on the night of his DWI incident. Mr. Tormey offered testimony from the firm’s DWI expert, a retired NJ State Trooper, who declared that the client’s medical issues would have prevented him from performing the field sobriety tests.

As a result of Mr. Tormey’s challenges to the breath test reading and the field sobriety testing, the municipal court judge dismissed the DWI charges. Our client avoided a serious DWI conviction and instead received a mere 30-day suspension of his driver’s license on a careless driving citation.

Boonton NJ Man Accused of Impersonating Marine to Have Sex with Minor, Faces Sexual Assault Charges

Posted in Restraining Orders, Sex Crimes

Boonton Township Sexual Assault ChargesBoonton Township police recently arrested a local man accused of having sex with an underage girl.

According to officials, the 21-year-old suspect impersonated a United States Marine and told the 14-year-old victim that he was going to be deploying overseas in a few days. He then reportedly convinced the girl to have sex with him.

Police learned of the alleged sex offense after the girl contacted local law enforcement. The victim told Boonton investigators that she engaged in sexual intercourse with the suspect at his Boonton Township home.

The suspect allegedly claimed to be a United States Marine, even going so far as to wear dog tags around his neck and getting a tattoo of the U.S. Marine Corps logo.

After investigators spoke with the victim, Boonton police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit looked into the suspect’s background and determined that he had never enlisted as a Marine.

Sometime later, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Boonton Township Police Department announced that the suspect had been placed under arrest.

The suspect was charged with second degree sexual assault, third degree child endangerment, and fourth degree unlawful wearing of a uniform.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of on the sexual assault charges in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, he could face a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $75,000 bail amount.

A judge also issued a restraining order against the suspect. As a result, the suspect will not be allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim in the case. The suspect is also prohibited from having contact with any children under the age of 18 while the charges are pending.

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Phony Marine Had Sex with 14-Year-Old Girl, Told Her He Was Shipping Out, Cops Say.”