Juvenile Crime Attorneys in Randolph NJOfficials at the main high school in Randolph, NJ recently apologized to some of the students who were required to undergo blood testing at a football game. The testing was imposed on the students in conjunction with an investigation into alleged underage possession of alcohol.

The controversial situation occurred on the campus of Randolph High School in Morris County, New Jersey. School officials were seated in the front row at a school football game when someone reportedly tossed a beer bottle from above and nearly hit one of the adults.

Randolph High School officials then looked into the matter and, as part of the investigation, enforced school rules that require students to be tested for alcohol and drugs through blood and urinalysis screening.

The mandatory testing caused an uproar among students and their parents and led to the Randolph School Board getting involved. Now the Randolph superintendent of schools has issued an apology to students who did not use alcohol or drugs at the game. Jennifer Fano recently stated that it was regrettable that the “well-behaved and respectful students who did not consume alcohol or illegal substances” had to be tested.

Five underage students reportedly tested positive for alcohol, but it is not clear if any of the minors were charged with a juvenile crime such as underage possession of alcohol.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Superintendent Says Sorry to Kids Who Tested Clean for Booze at Football Game.”

Randolph NJ Juvenile Arrest LawyersThe Randolph Board of Education recently issued a ruling that affirms the decision made by Randolph High School administrators to test several students for drug and alcohol use.

A number of adult residents of Randolph, NJ were angry after they found out that roughly 75 underage students at Randolph High School were forced to undergo drug/alcohol screenings. Administrators at Randolph High School ordered the drug and alcohol tests after a beer bottle was reportedly found in the bleachers during a football game.

The Randolph Township School District later investigated the situation and determined that school officials had a legal right to order the screenings because they had “reasonable suspicion” that the juveniles may have been illegally using drugs or alcohol. Moreover, since no student came forward to admit ownership of the beer bottle, school administrators believed that they needed to test everyone.

The tests reportedly resulted in five high school students testing positive for alcohol use. Officials have not indicated whether any of the students have been charged with a juvenile offense for underage possession of alcohol.

For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Dozens of Students Rightfully Tested for Drugs, Alcohol, Officials Say.”

Florham Park NJ Juvenile Crime AttorneysFlorham Park NJ police recently apprehended a NY teen who reportedly stole a motor vehicle and then caused an accident during a police pursuit.

The suspect, a 17-year-old boy from NY, reportedly stole the car in Florham Park. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, a patrol officer received an alert about the theft and quickly found the suspect. The cop tried to stop the teen suspect in a parking lot, but suspect allegedly hit the accelerator and tried to drive away.

Only a few moments passed before the juvenile suspect reportedly crashed the stolen vehicle on Park Avenue. The teenager then allegedly tried to make a run for it, but he was soon captured by police.

The suspect has been charged with numerous offenses, including eluding police, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obstruction of justice, and hindering apprehension. The suspect was also cited for several traffic offenses.

Since the suspect is underage, it is possible that he will be charged as a juvenile, not as an adult.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Teen Crashed Stolen Car During Police Chase, Cops Say.”

Morristown Juvenile Crime AttorneysA woman who previously worked as an officer at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown New Jersey pleaded guilty to hitting a teenager at the facility.

The suspect, a 32-year-old Newark woman, got into a verbal argument with a teenager at the juvenile detention facility in November 2016.

The suspect later claimed that the teenager spit at her. The suspect reportedly responded by violently attacking the victim. The suspect reportedly punched and kicked the teen girl while she was handcuffed and on the ground.

Detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the incident and determined that “there was no justifiable need for force to be used” against the juvenile. The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with simple assault.

The suspect ultimately avoided trial by reaching a plea agreement with Morris County NJ prosecutors. The plea deal called for her to be sentenced to one year of probation and consent to a ban that prohibits her from working in law enforcement in New Jersey.

When a minor is convicted of a juvenile crime in Morris County, New Jersey, they are often sent to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown, NJ. In this particular case, authorities have not stated what type of juvenile offense the teen victim might have committed prior to being sent to the detention facility.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “No Jail for Juvenile Detention Officer Who Hit Handcuffed Teen, Report Says.”

Morristown NJ Underage Drinking AttorneysTravis J. Tormey recently defended a client against charges of underage possession of alcohol in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15.

The client was 20 years old and was allegedly caught with a red Solo cup filled with beer while attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, New Jersey. Despite the fact that the client had no prior criminal history, she still faced significant, potentially life-altering consequences if convicted in this case. Based on the underage drinking charge being classified as a disorderly persons offense, the client was facing a permanent criminal charge on her record, a $1,000 fine, up to six months in the Morris County Jail in Morristown NJ, and a driver’s license suspension for six months.

The good news for the client was that she had Travis Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm on her side. As soon as the client hired the Tormey Law Firm, Mr. Tormey immediately got to work fighting on her behalf. Mr. Tormey spoke with the local prosecutor and highlighted the client’s lack of criminal history, her age, and her cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Tormey was able to negotiate a favorable plea arrangement on behalf of the client. The client ultimately pleaded guilty to a local ordinance violation, which is a violation of local law and is similar to a littering ticket, noise violation, or leaving garbage at the curb on the wrong day. The end result was the client had to pay a fine. This meant that the client was able to preserve her clean record, avoid jail time, and maintain her NJ driving privileges.

This was a tremendous result for the client and for the Tormey Law Firm.

Andover NJ Aggravated Assault LawyersPolice arrested a Newark NJ teenager after she allegedly threw a DVD player at a police officer in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

The Andover Township Police Department got a call about a fight at the Willowglen Academy. Willowglen is a facility which provides round-the-clock-hour care for roughly 40 emotionally disturbed minors. When police officers showed up at the school, they discovered staff members attempting to break up a fight between six female students.

The officers offered assistance to the staff members. At one point, an officer told the 18-year-old suspect, who was allegedly being unruly, that she would be arrested if she failed to calm down. The suspect allegedly responded by throwing a DVD player at the officer. The officer sustained minor injuries when he was hit by the DVD player.

Police officers immediately placed the suspect under arrest. She was later charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and obstruction of justice.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, NJ. She is being held at the correctional facility on a $20,000 bail amount.

Ridgewood NJ police were called to the Willowglen Academy three times in a single weekend after receiving separate reports of fights among the students. On another occasion, a student was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct for failing to quickly disperse when officers got to the scene. Two other students at the facility received juvenile complaints for their alleged involvement in a physical altercation.

The Andover Township Police Department is actively working with the Willowglen Academy management to ensure that the disruptive fights do not continue going forward.

 

For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Teen Threw DVD Player at Cop Trying to Break Up Fight, Andover Police Say.”

Denville NJ Providing Alcohol to Minors AttorneyProsecutors are looking to file more charges against a Rockaway Township man accused of selling alcohol to underage kids.

A Denville detective was working undercover on New Year’s Eve when he reportedly saw the 26-year-old suspect give liquor to a minor; the minor allegedly handed cash to the suspect during the exchange. The illegal exchange allegedly took place in the parking lot of the ShopRite on Route 46 in Denville, NJ.

Denville police and Rockaway police collaborated on the subsequent investigation into the suspect. During the course of the joint investigation, police learned that the suspect allegedly purchased alcohol more than 100 times for underage kids throughout New Jersey.

According to police, the suspect’s most frequent customers were high school students who learned about his business through social media and word of mouth.

It is believed that the suspect generated as much as $5,000 by selling alcohol to minors over an unspecified amount of time.

Investigators also looked at the suspect’s cell phone records and learned that he allegedly planned to purchase alcohol for a number of high school students on New Year’s Eve.

After being arrested, the suspect was charged with a single count of providing alcohol to minors. However, the new discoveries by investigators could lead to additional charges against the suspect.

Despite the fact that many underage kids reportedly bought booze from the suspect, no minors were charged with underage drinking in the case.

 

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Made Thousands Selling Alcohol to Kids Could Face More Charges, Police Say.”

Denville NJ Providing Alcohol to Minors LawyerPolice in Denville NJ recently arrested a man who is accused of selling alcohol to underage kids in Rockaway Township, NJ.

According to police, the 26-year-old suspect generated a large amount of cash by selling the alcohol, at a price markup, to high school kids.

An undercover Denville detective was stationed in the parking lot of a ShopRite in Rockaway Township on Route 46 when he allegedly witnesses the suspect buying alcohol. According to the detective, the suspect then handed the alcohol to a minor; the minor allegedly gave the suspect cash during the handoff.

Denville police and Rockaway Township police collaborated on a joint investigation into the suspect. As part of the investigation, detectives looked at the suspect’s cell phone records and reportedly discovered that the suspect intended to buy alcohol for at least a dozen underage individuals on New Year’s Eve.

Moreover, investigators allegedly learned that the suspect purchased booze for underage kids at least 100 times during the past year.

Authorities believe that the suspect made thousands of dollars in profits by selling alcohol to minors.

The suspect was arrested on New Year’s Eve and charged with providing alcohol to minors. After being booked, the suspect was released from custody on his own recognizance.

The investigation into the suspect did not result in any minors being charged with underage drinking.

 

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Rockaway Man Pulled in ‘Thousands of Dollars’ Selling Beer to Underage Kids, Police Say.”

Mendham NJ Adderall Possession Charges

Travis J. Tormey and Alissa Hascup of the Tormey Law Firm, LLC recently defended a client against charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and underage possession of alcohol. Since our client had no prior criminal record and was a college student at New York University (NYU), he had a bright future ahead of him. As a result, it was imperative that we help him avoid jail and keep his record clean of any criminal conviction.

 

The charges were extremely serious. Our client was facing a felony on his record for the illegal prescription drug possession charge. Additionally, the charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle could have led to jail time and a mandatory two-year license suspension if our client was convicted.

 

The facts were as follows: Our client was stopped by police while driving his parents’ motor vehicle with his cousin in the passenger seat. In the trunk there was liquor belonging to his parents. Additionally, when the officers searched the vehicle they found nine (9) Adderall pills. This led police to charge both our client and the passenger with felony possession of prescription drugs and underage possession of the alcohol in the trunk of the vehicle.

 

Based on our client’s clean background and the circumstances of the case, Ms. Hascup convinced the assistant Morris County prosecutor to remand the case back to Mendham Municipal Court as a misdemeanor. This meant that our client was no longer facing felony charges. Then, Mr. Tormey appeared in Mendham Municipal Court and worked out a plea agreement with the municipal prosecutor. As a result of Ms. Hascup and Mr. Tormey’s efforts, the client was able to stay out of jail, keep his record clean, and maintain his license. This was a tremendous outcome for the client and a major victory for the Tormey Law Firm, LLC.