Mount Olive Obstruction ChargesA former Mount Olive police officer will not be able to return to his job as a cop after a Morris County Superior Court judge said that his guilty plea in a criminal case would stand.

In 2014, the suspect admitted to illegally using a police database and pleaded guilty to obstructing the administration of law enforcement.

According to Morris County officials, the suspect’s illegal search was intended to help a neighbor who wanted information about another person’s arrest record. When the neighbor found out that a worker at a local landscaping business had an arrest warrant for sexual assault charges, he reportedly tipped off the worker. The sex crime suspect subsequently fled the state and went to California.

Detectives were able to trace the leak back to the suspect, who served as a Mount Olive NJ cop. Police then placed the suspect under arrest and charged him with the very serious criminal offense of official misconduct.

The suspect eventually reached a plea agreement with Morris County prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to obstructing the administration of law enforcement.

The suspect ended up regretting his decision because it meant that he could no longer work as a law enforcement officer. So he asked a Morris County Superior Court judge to throw out the guilty plea. However, the judge ruled that the suspect’s plea would stand and that he would continue to be prohibited from working as a police officer.

For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Ex-Cop Accused of Obstruction Can’t Withdraw His Guilty Plea, Judge Rules.”

Washington Township NJ Criminal AttorneysPolice recently arrested a Long Valley man who allegedly made prank 911 calls to Washington Township law enforcement and falsely reporting a disturbance.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect dialed 911 on Sunday and said that police were needed at a home located on East Mill Road in Washington Township, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly said that there was a disturbance at the house.

When Washington Township cops got to the neighborhood, they could not find the residence. The suspect then told police about disturbances at a residence on Schooleys Mountain Road and at two other locations in Washington Township, NJ. It turns out that all of the calls were jokes.

Detectives investigated the situation and found the suspect on Lawrence Trail. He was subsequently placed under arrest.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man who lives in the Long Valley section of Washington Township, has been charged with obstructing administrative law.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Washington Twp. Man Arrested for Allegedly Calling Cops As ‘Joke,’ Report Says.”

Sparta NJ Child Endangerment ChargesA Succasunna New Jersey woman faces criminal charges for endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly planted prescription drugs on a Sparta NJ teenager.

According to law enforcement, the suspect attempted to set up the victim, a 16-year-old boy, and get him arrested for illegal prescription drug possession.

On January 3, 2017, the Sparta Police Department received a call about a juvenile who was in possession of illegal drugs. Sparta NJ police officers went to the school and found the student with prescription drugs, including oxycodone pills, in his backpack.

The student told detectives that the drugs did not belong to him and that he did not know how they ended up in his backpack.

Sparta detectives interviewed the teenager and eventually identified the adult suspect as the person who may have planted the drugs in the student’s bag.

The suspect is from Succasunna, which is located within Roxbury Township in Morris County, NJ. She has been charged with numerous criminal offenses, including child endangerment, cyber harassment, providing false reports to law enforcement authorities, and fabricating evidence.

To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “N.J. Woman Accused of Planting Drugs in Teen’s Backpack.”

Morristown NJ Drug Crime AttorneysTravis J. Tormey and Christopher Perry of the Tormey Law Firm recently defended a client against two separate felony charges, including drug crime charges, in Essex County Superior Court, which is located in Newark, New Jersey. The client did not have any kind of prior criminal record, but he still faced severe penalties if convicted on the very serious criminal charges.

The charges had the potential to cause significant problems for the client’s life and career. That’s because he worked for the Newark NJ school system and was suspended from his job while the criminal charges remained pending. As a result, it was extremely important to get these charges resolved so that our client could maintain his employment and return to work.

The first charge our client faced was endangering the welfare of a child. The basis for the charge was an allegation that he somehow bruised the eye of a young boy. The boy was his girlfriend’s son from another relationship. There were zero witnesses to the alleged violent incident. Moreover, the child was so young that it was very possible that he sustained his injury by accidentally bumping his head, as children sometimes do. Beyond that, the client’s girlfriend, the mother of the injured child, did not even accuse the client of causing the injury; the accusation was brought by the child’s grandmother, who was not even present at any time during our client’s interaction with the child.

Another factor weighing in our client’s favor was the fact that he was no longer involved in a dating relationship with the child’s mother. As a result, she had absolutely no motive or reason to lie on his behalf. In other words: her statements that our client had nothing to do with the child’s injuries were extremely credible.

Ultimately, Travis Tormey was successful in getting the criminal charges for child endangerment dismissed. That’s because the State lacked evidence and was unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The second charge our client faced was for marijuana distribution. The client was on his lunch break from work and had stopped by a Newark bodega to visit his friend. At the same time, Newark detectives were conducting an investigation into potential drug activity at the store. In a case of terrible timing, police officers raided the store at the same time that our client was present. Although our client had done nothing wrong, he was charged with a felony-level offense for distribution of marijuana and faced significant time in prison because Newark police found a large quantity of marijuana inside the bodega.

Fortunately for our client, he had the Tormey Law Firm on his side throughout the case. Travis J. Tormey spoke with witnesses and highlighted evidence that exonerated our client of the drug charges. Eventually, someone else who was present at the store took responsibility for the drugs and pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution charges. Our client was exonerated as a result of this plea, so prosecutors dropped the criminal charges against him.

Travis J. Tormey worked on both of these cases for a year-and-a-half and made more than 15 court appearances on behalf of the client. Ultimately, Mr. Tormey’s hard work was rewarded and he was able to get all of the client’s criminal charges dismissed in court. This was a tremendous outcome for our client and a major win for the Tormey Law Firm LLC.

Morristown NJ Failure to Pay Child Support LawyersMorris County NJ law enforcement recently arrested 69 people who allegedly failed to pay child support.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sting operation that led to the apprehension of a total of 69 suspects. The suspects arrested for failure to pay child support included three women.

According to Morris County officials, the sting operation also led to authorities collecting more than $38K in back child support. The funds are going to be distributed to children whose parents have failed to pay child support in Morris County, NJ.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, other county police departments are cracking down on people who neglect to make court-ordered child support payments.

William Schievella, the Morris County undersheriff, recently issued a statement indicated that NJ law enforcement plans to make additional child support-related arrests in the days and weeks ahead. Schievella also noted that police are focusing on the crime of failure to pay child support because it “hurts the children of our communities.”

After being arrested and charged, eight suspects were remanded to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “69 Arrested in Morris County Child-Support Sweep.”

Sparta NJ Child Endangerment AttorneysA Sparta New Jersey woman was recently sentenced to 30 days in county jail and 5 years of probation after pleading guilty to child endangerment.

The 22-year-old suspect pleaded guilty in March to fourth degree child cruelty and neglect charges. Appearing in Sussex County Superior Court, the suspect admitted to inhaling dust cleaner in an attempt to get high. The charges stemmed from the fact that she did this in front of her 20-month-old daughter.

The incident occurred in December 2014. According to authorities, Byram NJ police received a call about possible child neglect at a residence on Birch Parkway. When police officers got to the scene, the suspect was allegedly intoxicated.

Police investigated further and determined that the suspect had neglected her young daughter. The suspect reportedly admitted to police that she was inhaling chemicals when she was supposed to be looking after her daughter.

Thankfully, the baby was unharmed during the incident. Police took custody of the child and then turned her over to the suspect’s relatives, who had called in the complaint in the first place. Officials said that the relatives live in the same home where the incident took place.

After being arrested, the suspect’s custody of the child was restricted by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. While awaiting resolution of the criminal charges against her, the suspect was allowed to spend time with her daughter only when adequate supervision was present. The same restrictions applied to the suspect’s visits with her 3-year-old son.

The suspect eventually pleaded guilty to fourth degree child cruelty and neglect charges. She was then sentenced to serve 30 days in the local county jail, as well as 5 years of probation. Additionally, the suspect was required to pay $155 in fines and penalties.

The suspect’s plea agreement also required her to undergo a drug evaluation and then follow a drug treatment plan.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Mom Who Huffed Dust Cleaner in Front of Toddler Gets Probation.”

Mount Olive NJ Criminal Defense LawyersAn ex-chef in Mount Olive NJ was indicted on charges of tampering with food for allegedly spitting in a customer’s dish.

The 32-year-old defendant was working as a chef at Kennedy’s Pub in Mount Olive NJ when the incident occurred.

According to prosecutors, the defendant, who hails from Independence Township, spat on a customer’s meal in October 2014. A co-worker notified authorities that the defendant had spit on the bread accompanying a pasta dish after a 51-year-old customer sent the dish back to the kitchen.

The restaurant fired the defendant a short time after learning of the allegations.

The defendant was charged with tampering with food. The defendant did not face charges under a catch-all provision for disorderly conduct.

The defendant made his first appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ in December 2014. At that time, prosecutors offered the defendant a plea deal: the defendant would have to serve 3 years in NJ State Prison in exchange for a guilty plea.

Prosecutors insisted on prison time as a condition of the plea offer because the defendant has a prior criminal record, which includes a conviction for robbery. The defendant’s criminal history means that there would be a presumption of incarceration for a conviction on this offense.

The defense attorney in the case rejected the plea offer. As a result, the charges of tampering with food were sent to a grand jury in Morris County.

Now the Morris County grand jury has indicted the defendant on the food tampering charges.

The offense is classified as a third degree felony. As a result, the defendant could potentially be sentenced to up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison if he is convicted.

 

For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Ex-Mount Olive Chef Is Indicted for Spitting on Food.”

Mount Olive NJ Disorderly Conduct LawyerAn ex-chef at a Budd Lake NJ restaurant faces criminal charges for allegedly spitting in a patron’s food.

The 32-year-old suspect, who hails from Great Meadows, used to be employed as a chef at Kennedy’s Pub. The bar and grill is located on Route 46 in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspect spat in the food of a Lake Hopatcong customer after the customer sent the dish back to the kitchen for additional cooking.

Police learned about the alleged spitting incident after a restaurant employee notified police. The employee also told police about a number of other health violations allegedly being committed by the restaurant.

Police investigated the incident and then placed the suspect under arrest. He was later charged with disorderly conduct and tampering with a food product. Since tampering with a food or drug product is classified as an indictable offense, the case will be heard in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown.

The suspect was supposed to appear at Central Judicial Processing in superior court so that a judge could be assigned to his case. However, after he missed two scheduled appearances, a warrant was issued for his arrest; the warrant was later lifted when he finally appeared in court.

In the meantime, the kitchen at Kennedy’s Pub was closed for four months after a health inspection revealed numerous code violations.

The restaurant is now under new management and is slated to reopen soon.

For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Arrest Warrant Lifted for Ex-Chef Accused of Spitting in Food After He Shows Up in Court.”

 

If you are facing disorderly conduct charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.

Hanover NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child ChargesPolice in Hanover New Jersey recently arrested a 42-year-old Bayonne NJ man accused of leaving his 5-year-old son unattended in a locked motor vehicle.

Hanover police received a call about an unattended child in a vehicle parked at The Crossings at Jefferson Park. When a patrol officer arrived at the scene, he reportedly located the vehicle and the unattended child.

According to authorities, the child was in good condition when the officer found him.

The officer later located the child’s father working inside the building at 300 Jefferson Park.

The suspect reportedly told the police officer that his son’s babysitter was not available that day. He also reportedly told the officer that he took a break from work every 20 minutes to look in on his son.

At some point during the investigation, the police officer discovered that the suspect had five active motor vehicle warrants. The officer then placed the suspect under arrest and took him into custody.

The suspect was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, child abandonment, and driving while suspended.

After being booked, the suspect posted bail. He was then released with a pending court date to answer the charges against him.

The Hanover Police Department has also informed the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency of the incident.

To learn more, access the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Man Left 5-Year-Old Son in Locked Car While He Went to Work.”

 

If you are facing child endangerment charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.