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Plainfield NJ Sexual Assault Charges Filed Against Teacher

Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers in Union County New Jersey A former high school art teacher was arrested this week on charges of sexually assaulting a student. The incidents underlying the charges occurred in 2015. The accused, Joshua Green, 33, taught at Mahwah High School until the end of the school year in 2016. Specifically, he taught “Design & Illustration,” “Portfolio Development,” and “Art 1” at Mahwah High School for three years. News reports indicate that Green is currently employed as a graphic design teacher for the visual arts program at... Read More»

Guns Stolen From Judge’s Car in Elizabeth New Jersey

Elizabeth NJ Car Burglary Defense Attorney A car burglary involving some very unique facts recently occurred in Elizabeth New Jersey. The victim was a judge whose car was broken into and three guns stolen from the vehicle. You may ask: Why would a municipal judge have a need to keep not one, but three, guns in his car? The answer to that question is unclear. The thieves also made off with a GPS system, six credit and debit cards, and the driver's license of the judge. The investigation is ongoing,... Read More»

Elizabeth NJ Stabbing Results in Murder Conviction

Homicide Defense Lawyers in Union County Rosendo Salomon Gomez-Serpa, an undocumented immigrant once deported to Guatemala, was residing in Elizabeth.  In the early morning hours of April 9, 2016, Gomez-Serpa, 25, got into an argument with Mario Ortiz, 30, in the parking lot of the Imperial Latino Lounge in Elizabeth.  During the argument, Gomez-Serpa pulled out a knife and stabbed Ortiz five times, which included a fatal blow to the chest.  Virtually all of the fight and murder was caught on surveillance camera.  In addition, Ortiz’s blood was found on... Read More»

Elizabeth Man Accused Of Assault & Weapons Violations Secures Release At Detention Hearing

Union County Detention Hearing Defense Lawyers They say that truth is often stranger than fiction. This case seems to that prove principle correct once again. A tavern owner in Elizabeth was accused this week of biting his girlfriend during a fight. After a court appearance, the judge released the tavern owner to the custody of the victim’s ex-husband. Crazy no? Michael Santos, the owner of Nugent’s Tavern in Elizabeth New Jersey, was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend.  The ensuing police call and investigation revealed that Santos’ girlfriend had... Read More»

Child Cruelty & Neglect Charges Filed Against Preschool Administrator in Plainfield New Jersey

Plainfield NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child Defense Lawyer Former Prosecutors That Defend Child Cruelty & Endangering Charges in Union County New Jersey In a truly bizarre case that calls into question the mental stability of a preschool administrator came to light last week. It appears that the Director of Plaintfield’s Dawn to Dusk Christian Childcare and Learning Center, Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso, pulled a knife on two 4-year-old preschoolers who were misbehaving. Akinnaso threatened the children with harm if they kept misbehaving. The children were not, however, harmed by... Read More»

Kenilworth Trespass Offense Results In Conviction

Trespass Charges in Union County New Jersey Contact Our Former Prosecutors For Assistance Defending Your Trespass Offense Union County Family Court Judge Theresa Mullen found herself on the other side of the bench this week and was found guilty of trespass.  This unusual case began a year ago when Mullen sued St. Theresa’s School in Kenilworth and the Archdiocese of Newark.  The suit challenged the school’s decision to exclude Mullen’s daughter from playing on the boys’ basketball team, even though the school did not have a girls’ basketball team.  Both... Read More»

Gang Member Gets 27 Years In Elizabeth For Shooting in Plainfield

Elizabeth New Jersey Aggravated Manslaughter Defense Lawyers Former County Prosecutors That Are Accomplished In Defending Union County Weapon Charges Abdul Ward, an alleged gang member, was prowling Plainfield on March 2, 2015, in search for a rival gang leader. Upon finding him, Ward started shooting. In a nearby convenience store, Wilson Valdez hears shots fired. He moves to protect a 4-year-old girl who was in the store and was shot while attempting to shield the youth. Mr. Valdez later died. This week, 26-year-old Ward, after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter... Read More»

Sex Abuse In New Jersey’s Prison for Women: Mahan Correctional Facility in Union Township Had “Culture of Silence” Around Sex Abuse

On Thursday, February 22, former inmates who served time at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, a facility in Union Township, testified before the New Jersey State Senate – they had an unsettling story to tell. The former inmates who served time at Mahan, the only women’s prison in the State, testified that they were sexually abused by corrections officers. They testified that they had seen countless women raped in the prison. They testified that they spoke up, they reported the incidents, they complained. They testified that nothing was... Read More»

Cop Becomes Criminal: Union Township Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft

Union Township NJ Theft Lawyers It is never good news to learn about a person who is sworn to enforce the criminal laws falling prey to the urge to break those same laws. However, on February 15, 2018, a Union Township Police Department sergeant pleaded guilty to third-degree theft in Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth New Jersey. Michael Wittevrongel, formerly a police sergeant with the Union Township Police Department, admitted responsibility for accepting thousands of dollars in overtime pay that he did not earn. In exchange for his guilty... Read More»

Two Men Sentenced To Extended Terms For Possession of Heroin in Elizabeth New Jersey

Two Elizabeth men were scheduled to be sentenced last week to extended terms of imprisonment on charges of heroin possession and distribution. The drugs were discovered as a result of execution of a search warrant at the defendants' apartment on Olive Street in the City of Elizabeth. A total of 450 folds of heroin, 16 bags of cocaine and some marijuana were recovered by members of the Narcotics Unit of the Elizabeth Police Department. An indictment of both men was returned by a grand jury empaneled in Elizabeth in 2016.... Read More»