Arrested for Creating False Public Alarm in Morristown?

Creating False Public Alarm Charges Morris County NJ
Creating False Public Alarm Charges Morris County NJ

If you or a loved one has been charged with creating a false public alarm in New Jersey under N.J.S. 2C:33-3, we can help.

Here is a case we handled in 2018 for a client facing those charges where we were able to keep this felony charge off of his record. Our client was a young professional who lives in Washington D.C. and is going to school for his masters. He was up in Morristown visiting his girlfriend and family and they were out drinking at some of the bars on the green. After their night was over, they went to the Morristown Diner for food. The establishment called the police because their crowd was creating a disturbance. The police asked the group to leave and they complied.

Unfortunately, our client was not happy with his interaction with the police and didn’t feel as though they were helping him. As a result, he called 9-1-1 for assistance. The police officers on scene responded and charged him with placing a false 9-1-1 call without an actual emergency under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3(a), which is a fourth degree crime in New Jersey. He was facing a $10,000 fine, probation, up to eighteen (18) months in prison, and a permanent felony charge on his record if he was convicted of this serious offense.

Luckily, we were able to convince the Morris County Prosecutor’s office to downgrade the felony charge back to Morristown Municipal Court as a disorderly persons offense. Then, when we appeared in court and the prosecutor reviewed the police reports and circumstances of the arrest, Mr. Tormey was able to convince him to downgrade the case again to a town ordinance violation for disturbing the peace. This resulted in a fine and no criminal record for our client.

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The client was extemely satisfied with the service provided and the results in this case. With his promising career ahead of him, it was crucial to avoid any criminal convictions on his permanent record. If you or a loved one needs assistance with a criminal charge in Morris County, contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation.

Were You Arrested and Charged with Disorderly Conduct at the St. Paddy’s Parade in Morristown, NJ?

Morristown St. Patrick's Day Parade Criminal LawyersThe 39th annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th in Morristown, NJ. The Morristown parade is the largest Saint Paddy’s celebration in New Jersey and should draw more than 50,000 people, if the weather isn’t too bad this weekend. The parade will begin at the Morristown Town Hall on South Street and go past the Morristown Green, ending at Morristown High School on Atno Avenue.

Although the parade is a source of fun for most of the people in attendance, it can also be a source of trouble for some people. Every year, numerous individuals are arrested and face criminal charges and municipal ordinance violations. The reality is that a lot of the people in attendance at the parade will be frequenting many of the local Morristown businesses, including bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Since law enforcement expects alcohol to cause problems for some of the parade attendees, police will be out in full force to try to “keep the peace.”

The most common citation issued by Morristown law enforcement at the St. Patrick’s Day parade is for disorderly conduct. There will also likely be citations and tickets issued for underage drinking, disturbing the peace, open containers of alcohol, simple assault, and resisting arrest. Moreover, minors could be cited for possession of fake IDs, while others could be arrested and face criminal charges for smoking marijuana.

If you are arrested and charged with a crime or a municipal ordinance violation at this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, NJ, you need to talk to an experienced criminal attorney. The Morristown criminal defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm know how to help you fight your St. Patrick’s Day Parade charges and avoid a criminal conviction. Our skilled legal team has successfully gotten criminal charges downgraded or dismissed altogether. To discuss your case, call our office in Morristown at (908) 336-5008 or fill out our online contact form.

Disorderly Conduct Charges & Penalties in Morristown, New Jersey

Disorderly conduct is one of the most common charges issued to individuals attending the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, New Jersey. That’s because disorderly conduct is a broad charge that covers a lot of behavior that might be considered “improper” by law enforcement – including the use of offensive language. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, “improper behavior” means anything that causes or creates a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. Sometimes, this can involve fighting or other physical altercations. In a lot of instances, Morristown police issue a citation for disorderly conduct after someone has been drinking alcohol and lost control. A conviction for disorderly conduct is New Jersey is punishable by a sentence of up to 30 days in the local county jail and a fine of $500.

Alcohol-Related Charges at Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A lot of criminal charges and ordinance violations issued at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown involve alcohol. For example, police can issue citations for open containers of alcohol – this happens when a parade attendee leaves a bar or restaurant with an alcoholic drink in hand. Additionally, underage people in possession of alcohol or false identification are also often charged with criminal offenses on St. Patrick’s Day. Since people tend to drink on Saint Patrick’s Day, couples can become involved in domestic violence incidents stemming from their alcohol use. A domestic dispute in Morristown, NJ can result in serious criminal charges and a restraining order. Finally, DWI/DUI charges are commonly brought against people who get drunk and then attempt to drive home from the St. Paddy’s Day Parade.

Marijuana Possession Arrests & Charges at Morristown St. Paddy’s Day Parade

Until NJ legislators change the drug laws in the state, possession and use of marijuana is strictly prohibited by the New Jersey Criminal Code. As a result, thousands of people end up being charged with simple possession of marijuana under 50 grams throughout Morris County and the rest of NJ every year. During the Morristown Saint Paddy’s Day Parade, police will be on the lookout for people who smell of marijuana, people who are found smoking marijuana, and people who are driving in the area with marijuana in their car. If you are charged with simple possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana in Morristown, it is considered a disorderly persons offense. A conviction could lead to you being sentenced to up to 6 months in the Morris County Jail, fined up to $1,000, and the loss of your driver’s license for 6 months.

Were You Arrested on Saint Patrick’s Day? Contact an Experienced Morristown Criminal Lawyer Today!

If you attended the Morris County St. Paddy’s Day Parade and now face drug charges, alcohol charges, or disorderly conduct charges in Morristown, NJ, you need skilled legal representation. Contact the Tormey Law Firm in Morristown now at (908) 336-5008 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal attorney.

For more information about this year’s Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, visit the parade day website.

Rockaway NJ Assault by Auto ChargesDover NJ police recently arrested a man who allegedly crashed his car into a Dover police officer.

The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Dover police got a call about multiple people sleeping in a vehicle parked on East Clinton Street in Dover, New Jersey. A police officer was sent to the area, where he spotted a Jeep parked near the curb.

When the officer walked toward the vehicle, the driver allegedly hit the gas and moved the Jeep onto the sidewalk. As the car moved, it reportedly hit the police officer.

The Dover NJ police officer was rushed to Morristown Medical Center, where he received medical treatment for several injuries, including a broken femur, a broken shoulder, and a concussion.

Meanwhile, police arrested the 29-year-old driver of the Jeep. The driver, who is from Rockaway NJ, was charged with aggravated assault and assault by auto.

Police also arrested a 32-year-old female passenger. The passenger, who is also from Rockaway, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), resisting arrest, and throwing bodily fluids at a police officer.

If the male suspect is ultimately convicted of assault by auto, he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), anyone who drives a vehicle recklessly and causes serious bodily injury to another person can be charged with a fourth degree crime. A conviction for fourth degree assault by auto could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.

For further information about this case, read the article, “Rockaway Man Charged with Hitting Cop with Jeep.”

East Rutherford NJ Disorderly Conduct LawyersTravis Tormey of the Tormey Law Firm recently defended a client against criminal charges stemming from an on-field incident at a NY Jets football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The client was a fan who stepped onto the field shortly after the game ended and removed a towel from a bin without permission.

The client did have a field pass to go onto the field; however, she got a little too excited and “jumped the gun” by going onto the MetLife field early and without permission. She was subsequently detained by police and charged with disorderly conduct and defiant trespassing. Police also issued her a citation for a municipal violation for creating a disturbance at MetLife Stadium, the home field for the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants.

The client was subject to potentially significant penalties if convicted on the most serious disorderly conduct charges. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, anyone who engages in tumultuous behavior with purpose to cause public inconvenience can be charged with a petty disorderly persons offense. A conviction on disorderly conduct charges could result in a sentence of up to 90 days in the county jail.

After being placed under arrest, the client contacted Travis J. Tormey, who immediately began defending her. Mr. Tormey talked to the prosecutor and emphasized the fact that his client had received permission to be on the field at some point after the game ended. Additionally, Mr. Tormey noted that his client did not have a prior record. Mr. Tormey negotiated a favorable plea deal with the prosecutor, resulting in the prosecutor’s office dropping the criminal charges in the case. The client was then allowed to plead guilty to the municipal ordinance violation, incurring only a small fine.

Thanks to Travis Tormey’s strong negotiating skills, the client will have no criminal record as a result of this unfortunate incident. This was a huge win for the Tormey Law Firm and a fantastic outcome for the client.


Travis J. Tormey frequently defends clients against criminal charges, including disorderly conduct, trespassing, and simple assault. He appears in East Rutherford Municipal Court on a regular basis. Contact Mr. Tormey now to schedule a free consultation at his conveniently located office in Hackensack, NJ.

Disorderly Conduct at NJ Far Hills RacesPolice anticipate making several arrests at the annual Far Hills Race, which will take place at the 230-acre Moorland Farm in Far Hills New Jersey on Saturday, October 17.

This year’s event marks the 95th annual Far Hills Race, which typically features races with the most prolific thoroughbred horses in the world. At this year’s event, there will be between 65 and 70 horses involved in the races.

The Far Hills Race is also referred to as “The Hunt.” The race raises money for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville, NJ.

More than 31,000 people were in attendance at The Hunt in 2014. Many of those attending the event used the NJ Transit system to travel to and from the race location. Guy Torsilieri, the chairman of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, observed that the Moorland Farm is “in close proximity to such major area roads as Route 287, 206, 202, and Liberty Corner Road, as well as being easily accessible by NJ Transit.”

Prior to 2014, the Far Hills Race was known for attracting attendees who drank too much alcohol and became disorderly and disruptive. There were often many complaints about criminal behavior and underage drinking during the races.

Local officials attempted to stop the criminal activity before it happened by increasing the police presence at the event. Security also used metal detectors at the gates and drafted rules to prohibit entry of anyone with their own alcohol. County and municipal police officers were aided by 100 New Jersey state troopers, as well as guards working for a private security firm.

Additionally, the New Jersey Transit barred alcohol on all trains traveling to Far Hills, NJ. Police officers also closely monitored all “party buses” parked at the locale’s parking field.

Despite these preventative measures, police still arrested several people last year. In 2014, law enforcement arrested 44 individuals for offenses that included public urination, disorderly conduct, public nuisance, underage possession of alcohol, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, and destruction of property.

According to event organizers, several hundred police officers will be working at this year’s Far Hills Race. There are expected to be more than 30,000 spectators, making it extremely likely that police will make many arrests this year.

The Tormey Law Firm has handled numerous criminal cases from the Far Hills Races in the past. We have successfully represented clients charged with disorderly conduct, urinating in public, and possession of an open container of alcohol, as well as other criminal offenses and municipal violations. If you have been charged with a crime while attending the Far Hills Race, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can make sure you don’t end up with a criminal charge on your record. Call the Tormey Law Firm now to discuss your case or schedule a free consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in New Jersey.

Hanover New Jersey Aggravated Assault ChargesPolice recently arrested a woman accused of assaulting law enforcement and emergency medical technicians at a hotel in Hanover, New Jersey.

The Hanover Police Department got a call about a woman who was naked and running around the parking lot of the Econolodge Hotel, which is located on Route 10 in Hanover, NJ. When a Hanover patrolman got to the scene, he reportedly saw the woman hanging out of a first floor window.

The police officer instructed the suspect, a 45-year-old woman who lives in Maplewood NJ, to cover herself. The woman then used a bedsheet to cover up.

When the police officer spoke with the suspect, he determined that she was highly intoxicated.

An ambulance was then called to the hotel. Emergency medical technicians tried to place the suspect onto a stretcher and wheel her into the ambulance. However, the suspect reportedly became combative and attempted to remove herself from the ambulance.

During the subsequent physical altercation, the suspect allegedly hit a police officer, as well as several first aid members. The suspect also reportedly tried to bite and kick one of the police officers.

Police eventually managed to subdue the suspect and get her back into the ambulance. She was then taken to the Morristown Medical Center.

The suspect was charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and lewdness.

After the suspect got medical treatment at the hospital, she was released on her own recognizance. She will have to return to Hanover at a later date to answer the charges against her.

For additional information about this case, read the article entitled “Hanover Police: Naked Woman Assaulted Officers, EMTs.”

Rockaway NJ Man Accused of Vandalizing CT ChurchA Rockaway NJ man was placed under arrest after he allegedly vandalized a Connecticut church.

According to officials, a priest at St. Francis Church in Torrington CT found the 33-year-old suspect screaming obscenities while standing in a garden at the church.

When the priest tried to speak with the suspect, he was met with resistance; the suspect reportedly told him that he just wanted to be left alone so that he could pray.

The suspect then allegedly went into the church and pulled a fire alarm, before running through the entire building and causing all manner of destruction, including knocking over candles and statutes, ripping down artwork from the walls, destroying various papers, and overturning plants.

The suspect reportedly caused significant damage to the church during the vandalism spree.

Not long after the incident, church officials contacted local police. When police officers got to the scene, they saw the damage to the building. By the time officers arrived, however, the suspect had already left the area.

Police were able to track down the suspect at the nearby Quality Inn motel, which is located just a short distance from the church.

The suspect was arrested and charged with several crimes, including criminal mischief, desecration of property, and breach of peace.

Although the suspect faces charges in Connecticut, he would be subject to equally serious criminal charges if he was accused of committing the similar offenses in New Jersey. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3, anyone who purposely causes in excess of $2,000 worth of damage to property can be charged with third degree criminal mischief. A conviction for third degree criminal mischief could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After the suspect was arrested and charged in Connecticut, he was transported to the local county jail. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

For more information about this case, check out the article entitled “N.J. Man Trashes Church After Being Found Screaming in Garden, Report Says.”

Morristown NJ St Patrick's Day ArrestsPolice in Morristown New Jersey arrested fewer people during the recent Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

According to authorities, local law enforcement issued fewer tickets and made fewer arrests at the 2015 parade than in 2014.

A lieutenant with the Morristown Police Department said that police are “pleased to see a downward trend” in the total number of arrests made and tickets issued during the annual parade.

Morristown NJ police released arrest figures from this year’s parade. Police arrested a total of just 16 people this year, which represents a sharp decline from the 29 people arrested during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Moreover, just 7 of the people arrested were charged with disorderly conduct.

Additionally, Morristown police issued 30 summonses to parade attendees for municipal ordinance violations. During the 2014 parade, police issued 34 tickets these sorts of violations.

Beyond that, police issued a total of 19 summonses for illegally drinking at this year’s parade.

A total of 8 citations were handed out at this year’s parade for public urination. The low number could be the result of an increase in fine amounts for violators: the local government doubled the fine for first-time offenders from $250 to $500, while repeat offenders are now subject to a fine of $1,000.

In addition to the low number of arrests and tickets issued during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade, the total number of emergency calls was also down. Emergency medical services needed to respond to only 25 calls, with none of the reported injuries being very serious.

Police did have to deal with 6 car crashes during the parade. However, none of these accidents involved drunk driving. That was an improvement on last year’s parade, during which two people were charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)

Morristown police were unable to offer any reasons for the decline in arrests this year. However, it’s likely that poor weather conditions resulted in fewer people showing up for the parade.


For more information, read the article entitled “Arrests Day of Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Almost Drop in Half.”

Riverdale NJ DWI AttorneysPolice in Riverdale NJ arrested a man accused of causing a drunk driving accident.

The Riverdale Police Department got a call about an accident on Mathews Avenue. When a police officer showed up at the scene, he saw that an Audi had driven off the road and slammed into a utility pole.

The 27-year-old driver, who lives in Wayne NJ, could not open his doors because they had been damaged in the crash. So he climbed through the trunk in order to exit the vehicle.

The police officer spoke with the driver about the accident. During their conversation, the officer smelled an odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. Additionally, the officer reportedly observed other signs of intoxication, such as bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

The officer then administered field sobriety tests on the side of the road. When the suspect allegedly failed the tests, the officer placed him under arrest.

The suspect was later transported to Riverdale police headquarters, where he allegedly became “antagonistic.” When a police officer attempted to administer an Alcotest exam, the suspect allegedly became disruptive and “refused to follow directions.”

Police also claim that the suspect taunted officers at the station about their ethnicities and personal lives.

After the suspect was placed in a holding cell, he allegedly tried to climb the bars of the cell.

The suspect has been charged with several offenses, including driving while intoxicated (DWI), breath test refusal, reckless driving, and careless driving.

The suspect has also been charged with disorderly conduct because of his alleged unruly behavior at the police station.


For further information about this case, see the article entitled “Intoxicated Man Taunted Officers, Climbed Bars of Jail Cell, Riverdale Cops Say.”

Morris Township NJ Jeep Tire TheftMorris Township New Jersey police arrested a man who allegedly tried to steal tires from a local Jeep dealership.

The Morris Township Police Department received a security alert about a theft at the Beyer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, which is located at 200 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey.

According to officials, surveillance cameras showed a man in the process of jacking up and then removing tires from several vehicles in the dealership parking lot.

When police officers arrived at the scene a short time later, they saw two Jeeps with missing spare tires. Additionally, the lug nuts from the tires on a third Jeep had also gone missing.

Police officers from departments in Morris Township, Morristown, and Hanover investigated the possible theft. Police canvassed the area and eventually found the suspect by tracking a set of footprints in the snow. When police located the suspect, he was allegedly hiding behind a business on East Hanover Avenue.

The 38-year-old suspect, who is from Newark, was placed under arrest and charged with numerous criminal offenses. Among the most serious criminal charges faced by the suspect are burglary, theft of movable property, criminal mischief, and defiant trespassing.

The suspect was also charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice because he allegedly attempted to flee the scene when police officers closed in on him.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of burglary, theft, or criminal mischief, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree burglary charges can potentially result in a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.


For further information about this case, view the article entitled “Newark Man Tried to Steal Tires from Morris Township Car Dealership, Police Say.”