Theft and Fraud Offenses

Rockaway Shoplifting Charges Result in No Jail Time on a Third Offense

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Shoplifting Charges Morris County NJ

Have you been arrested for shoplifting in Morris County? We can help. Here is a case we successfully handled in 2018 for a client who was facing a third offense shoplifting conviction which requires a mandatory 90 days in the county jail if convicted.

Our client was a 61-year old married father who hadn’t had an arrest or conviction since 1990 (28 years ago). Unfortunately for him, his two prior convictions in 1989 and 1990 were for shoplifting. Under New Jersey law, a third conviction for shoplifting (at any time in person’s life, even almost 30 years ago), requires that the defendant serve 90 days in the county jail. This alleged shoplifting offense was in Rockaway Township in Nordstrom Rack in an amount of $74.00.

We were retained to handle the case and filed Laurick motions in the two courts where his prior convictions occurred (Wayne and Bridgewater). Because he was not represented by an attorney on those two prior cases, under New Jersey law they can not enhance his third offense to include that mandatory jail time. The argument is that he was not properly advised of his rights and the penalties involved for subsequent convictions because he did not have legal counsel.

Luckily for our client, the motion was granted in Bridgewater and the Judge there signed an Order stating that the prior conviction could not be used to enhance a subsequent conviction. This avoids the mandatory jail time.However, the Municipal Judge in Rockaway Township could still impose a jail sentence if he believed it was appropriate under the circumstances.

We submitted a sentencing brief to the Court which details our client’s age, medical issues, proof of employment, the hardship a jail sentence would impose on him and his family, the counseling he completed after this offense, and argued that he had been living a law abiding life for the last 28 years since his prior convictions and that should significantly mitigate the instant offense and the Judge agreed. He imposed a one year probationary sentence and 90 days SLAP (which is in lieu of county jail time). The SLAP program allows people to do community service instead of actual jail time.

This was a great result for our client and the Tormey Law Firm. Here is a review from our client on this case:

5.0 stars

Posted by John September 28, 2018

Hiring Mr. Tormey to defend my shoplifting charge was the best decision of my life. I was facing mandatory jail time due to two prior convictions. My case lasted 5 months, and was the most stressful time I have ever experienced. The judge was very unforgiving, and from the first court session we learn that he was going to give me the maximum mandatory jail sentence. However, with his skill and knowledge, Mr. Tormey uses ever possible strategy to get me from being incarcerated. At the sentencing date, the judge told me and quoted “This is a very lucky day for you, I have decided not to give you jail time, and you have to thank Mr. Tormey for he has worked very hard on your behalf”. With that I was given probation and no jail time. Mr. Tormey is a professional, very responsive and stayed focus to get you the best possible outcome. At one point I was ready to plead guilty, serve the time and then just move on with my life. He reassured me by saying “That is a terrible decision, just let me do what I can do and we will avoid the jail time”. I am glad I took his advice. I also wanted to thank Mr. Brent DiMarco, an associated with his firm who assisted the case by drafting and filing various motions with the other municipal courts, and in submitting the sentencing memo to the judge. His documents were comprehensive, timely filed and were instrumental in achieving the favorable outcome. If you need an attorney in this and other criminal matters, please do yourself a huge favor and call Mr. Tormey and his team of lawyers.

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Suspect Charged with Burglary & Theft for Alleged Theft of Minibikes in Mendham Borough, New Jersey

Theft Lawyer Morristown NJA Randolph, New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly stealing almost $5,000 worth of minibikes and skis and selling them to a pawnshop in Morristown, NJ. The suspect is Lennon J. Freed, a 32-year-old man from Randolph in Morris County, New Jersey. According to law enforcement officials, Freed burglarized two stores in Mendham Borough, NJ in early September 2017 and stole several expensive items, including minibikes and skis. He then allegedly took the stolen goods to Perfect Pawn, a pawnshop located on Speedwell Avenue in Morristown, NJ, and sold them for less than $200. Detectives with both the Mendham Borough Police Department and the Morristown Police Department investigated the break-ins in Mendham Borough and eventually tracked the stolen merchandise to the pawnshop in Morristown. Investigators reportedly found shop receipts that showed that Freed sold seven items one day and nine items the following day. Authorities believe that most of what Freed sold to the Morristown pawnshop was stolen during the burglaries in Mendham, New Jersey.

Although law enforcement quickly identified Freed as the main suspect in the Mendham Borough burglary and theft case, placed him under arrest was another story entirely. Prosecutors in Morris County charged Freed with multiple crimes in September 2017, but he was not taken into police custody until recently. Even though Freed had a warrant out for his arrest, he was not arrested until this past week when he turned himself in to Morristown police.

Severe Penalties for Felony Theft Crime Charges in Morris County, New Jersey

Now that Freed has been arrested, he will face several criminal charges. Court records indicate that Freed has been charged with theft of movable property, as well as two counts of burglary. Since the retail value of the items Freed allegedly stole is greater than $500, he will probably face third degree theft crime charges. If Freed had been accused of stealing merchandise valued at less than $200, he would likely have been charged with a disorderly persons offense. (This typically happens in NJ shoplifting cases.) Instead, Freed has been charged with a third degree crime that is punishable by up to five years behind bars in NJ State Prison. Beyond that, Freed could be ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the thefts.

Contact an Experienced Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Theft Charges

Were you arrested and charged with a theft or fraud crime in Morristown, Parsippany, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Denville, or somewhere else in Morris County? Then you need to talk to New Jersey criminal attorney Travis J. Tormey immediately. Attorney Tormey can help you fight the charges and stay out of jail. Contact him anytime.

Morristown, NJ Man Allegedly Robbed Victim Outside Local Wells Fargo Bank

Morristown Carjacking LawyersA man from Morristown, New Jersey has been charged with several crimes after he allegedly committed a carjacking at a bank. The suspect is 37-year-old Michael Conway, who lives in Morristown in Morris County, NJ. According to authorities, Conway used a handgun to hold up a victim in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank on Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown. When the victim pulled his car into the bank parking lot at approximately 5:40 p.m., Conway allegedly approached the vehicle on foot. Conway then allegedly told the driver that he had a firearm and threatened to shoot him unless he handed over money.

Once the victim gave up his wallet, Conway allegedly instructed him to exit the vehicle. Conway then reportedly got behind the wheel and drove away with both the victim’s cash and the victim’s car.

The Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the theft offense and eventually found the stolen vehicle. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Conway. Morristown police officers later located Conway and arrested him without incident.

Harsh Penalties for Carjacking in Morris County, New Jersey

Conway faces numerous criminal charges: carjacking, robbery, and auto theft. Conway has not yet been charged with any weapons offenses because authorities are unclear as to whether he actually possessed a gun during the alleged carjacking incident.

The most serious charge against Conway is the carjacking charge, which is considered a first degree felony under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2. The statute classifies carjacking as a special type of first degree felony, so it can result in enhanced penalties. While most first degree crimes carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in NJ State Prison, carjacking can result in a sentence of 30 years behind bars because it is a particularly dangerous violent crime.

After Conway was identified and placed under arrest, he was moved to Morristown police headquarters so that he could be processed. He was later taken to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey, where he is being held until a bail hearing. Depending on the outcome of the detention hearing in Morris County Superior Court, Conway may be required to remain incarcerated until his case is resolved. That’s because new bail guidelines in NJ call for defendants who have been accused of violent criminal offenses to stay behind bars while the charges remain pending.

Free Consultation with an Aggressive Criminal Lawyer in Morristown, NJ

The Tormey Law Firm is a legal team that handles all kinds of criminal charges in New Jersey, including charges for carjacking, armed robbery, auto theft, and aggravated assault. If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with a violent crime in Morristown, NJ, our experienced criminal attorneys can help. Contact us immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.

Police Searching for Man Accused of Posing as Taxi Driver and Robbing Fare in Hackettstown

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dover NJMorris County and Sussex County police are searching for a man who reportedly posed as a taxi driver and robbed his fare. The incident happened late at night: the suspect picked up the victim outside a Dover restaurant when the victim requested a cab ride. According to law enforcement, the suspect pretended to be a cab driver so that he could lure the victim into the vehicle. The victim reportedly needed a ride from the Dover restaurant to an unspecified location in Hackettstown in Sussex County, New Jersey.

The “taxi ride” ended when the car pulled up to a Quick Chek on Mountain Avenue in Hackettstown, NJ. The suspect then allegedly aimed a silver handgun at the victim and threatened to shoot unless he handed over money. The victim the suspect cash and then got out of the car.

The suspect drove away from the area and the victim notified Hackettstown police. Officers soon arrived at the scene, but the suspect was gone. Now detectives with the Hackettstown Police Department and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office are working with police departments in Morris County to investigate the theft offense.

NJ Armed Robbery Charges: Penalties for Theft & Weapons Offenses

The Dover robbery suspect is said to be an “older male” who is Hispanic. He reportedly drove a silver Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis that did not have a taxi company logo on the side. Police are actively investigating and trying to determine the suspect’s identity.

If the suspect is captured, he would probably be charged with multiple crimes: armed robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The robbery charges would be the most serious because the suspect allegedly used a firearm. N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a first degree crime when the offender attempts to kill someone, purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury, or uses a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife. (Robbery is typically classified as a second degree crime under NJ law.) In this armed robbery case, the suspect could face first degree felony charges and face 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison if convicted.

Call the Tormey Law Firm to Speak with an Experienced Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Robbery Charges

A robbery charge needs to be taken seriously because it can result in severe penalties. If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery in Morris County, New Jersey, you need to talk to an aggressive criminal defense attorney immediately. Travis Tormey is an experienced criminal lawyer who helps clients fight robbery charges in Morris County, Sussex County, and Warren County, NJ. Contact Attorney Tormey today to start your defense.

Robbery Charges in Long Hill NJTwo Washington Township men will be going to prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery charges in Long Hill, NJ.

The suspects, a 52-year-old man and a 53-year-old man, are both residents of Washington Township in Warren County, New Jersey. They were placed under arrest after authorities identified them as the culprits in the robbery of the Country Farms convenience store located in the Millington part of Long Hill Township.

According to authorities, one of the suspects walked into the store while the other suspect remained outside in a getaway vehicle. The suspect inside the building allegedly threatened the clerk with a firearm.

After getting money from the register, the suspect ran outside and got into the getaway car.

Police eventually captured the suspects and connected them to the robbery. The suspects were charged with first degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons offenses.

The suspects avoided trial by reaching a plea agreement with Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. When the suspects return to Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ later this year, they could be sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

For more information about this case, view the article, “Duo Reportedly Facing Up to 10 Years in Prison Over Long Hill Robbery.”

Montville NJ Theft LawyersPolice in Montville, New Jersey arrested two men who allegedly staged a robbery at a 7-Eleven convenience store and then lied to law enforcement about it.

The Montville Police Department got a call about an an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven on Changebridge Road in Montville, NJ. A store clerk dialed 911 and told police that the robber entered the 7-Eleven at around 1:20 a.m., flashed a gun, and ordered the worker to hand over money from the register.

Detectives investigated the alleged theft crime by talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance video footage of the incident.

Investigators made the determination that the 7-Eleven clerk conspired with the robber to stage the robbery and steal the cash.

The clerk is a 19-year-old East Orange man. According to authorities, he planned to allow the “robber,” a 19-year-old Bloomfield man, to flee the scene before dialing 911 to notify police.

Both men now face criminal charges for theft of movable property and conspiracy to commit theft. The East Orange NJ suspect faces an additional criminal charge for filing a false police report.

For further information about this case, go to the article, “7-Eleven Robbery Faked by Clerk, Partner, Cops Say.”

Florham Park Fraud AttorneyA Philly man who previously served as the bookkeeper for a business located in Florham Park, New Jersey was recently indicted on federal charges for embezzlement.

The suspect is a 54-year-old man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He used to work as the bookkeeper for QwikSource, a Florham Park NJ company that provided cellular solutions.

According to federal prosecutors, the suspect embezzled money out of the QwikSource bank account and deposited the cash into an unauthorized PayPal account that he established under his employer’s name. The embezzlement reportedly occurred over a 10-year period.

Law enforcement officials investigated the suspect and determined that he may have stolen $1.6 million from the company.

The suspect was eventually placed under arrest and charged with wire fraud, money laundering, aggravated identity theft, filing false income tax returns.

Now the suspect could be headed to trial in U.S. District Court after a grand jury indicted him on the criminal charges.

For additional information about this case, read the article, “Bookkeeper Used PayPal to Embezzle $1.6M from Employer, Feds Say.”

East Hanover Robbery LawyersPolice officers recently arrested an Irvington man who allegedly robbed a Five Guys fast food restaurant in East Hanover, NJ.

The suspect is a 38-year-old man from Irvington in Essex County, New Jersey. He has been accused of using a knife to rob the Five Guys Burgers and Fries located on Route 10 in East Hanover, New Jersey.

According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect walked into the restaurant and threatened multiple employees. After reportedly stealing more than $500, the suspect allegedly exited through a back door and fled the area.

The East Hanover Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the theft crime and identified the suspect as a former employee.

The suspect has been charged with several crimes, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft of movable property, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense.

To learn more about this case, check out the article, “Man Charged with Robbing Five Guys Restaurant at Knifepoint.”

Morristown Robbery AttorneysA Morristown New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from his robbery of a Morristown bank.

The suspect is a 30-year-old man from Morristown in Morris County, NJ. He was apprehended within minutes of robbing the TD Bank on South Street in Morristown, New Jersey.

The suspect reportedly walked into the bank, handed a threatening note to a bank teller, and stole $688 in cash. The note reportedly stated that the suspect would use a weapon against the employee unless the employee gave him the money.

Morristown NJ cops arrested the suspect when he went to a nearby Walgreen’s store and tried to make a purchase with the stolen cash.

The suspect has now reached a plea deal with Morris County prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second degree robbery charges. It is expected that prosecutors will recommend that the suspect be sentenced to a term of incarceration of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.

For further information about this case, read the article, “Admitted Heroin Addict Pleads Guilty to TD Bank Hold-Up in Morristown.”

East Hanover NJ Robbery SuspectPolice in East Hanover NJ are attempting to determine the identity of a man who allegedly robbed a local Five Guys Burgers restaurant.

The theft crime was reported to East Hanover NJ police a short time after 10:30 p.m. Employees told police that someone entered the restaurant after closing and threatened them with a knife.

After reportedly getting an undisclosed amount of cash from a register, the suspect exited the building and fled the scene.

East Hanover police officers searched the area around the restaurant, but they reportedly could not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a man with a heavy build. When the suspect committed the robbery, he reportedly wore a plaid shirt, a baseball cap, and a mask over at least part of his face.

The good news is that none of the Five Guys workers were injured during the robbery.

If and when law enforcement identifies and captures the suspect, he could face very serious criminal charges for armed robbery, theft, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

For additional information about this case, access the article, “Cops Investigating Armed Robbery of Five Guys in East Hanover.”