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.