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Statute of Limitation for Disorderly Persons Offense

When someone violates the New Jersey Criminal Code, a related charge may be filed. The lowest grade of violations are disorderly persons offenses. Typically, these charges are heard in municipal courts like the one in Elizabeth, Cranford, and Westfield. Our attorneys are former municipal prosecutors who have been defending individuals throughout the county for decades. Call us for a free consultation at 908-272-1700. How Much Time Do Police or a Private Citizen Have To File A Disorderly Persons Offense? When someone is charged with an indictable offense, an indictment represents... Read More»

Removing a Restraining Order

If you are the subject of a restraining order and would like to have it vacated, this relief is available under New Jersey Law.  In this regard, a final restraining order can be dissolved, removed and/or vacated in one of three ways. It is crucial to keep in mind, however, that the process of obtaining this relief is both complicated and difficult as it involves a formal petition with the court wherein the defendant bears the burden of proof. If you are interested in seeking to dissolve a restraining order,... Read More»

Bail Procedures in New Jersey

When an individual is charged with an offense under the New Jersey Criminal Code, the court has the discretion to set a bail amount. The purpose of bail is not to penalize and individual but rather to ensure his/her appearance in a criminal case. Accordingly, courts are supposed to set bail at that amount that is necessary to provide adequate assurance that they will appear and no more than that amount. Unfortunately, things don't always work out this way and, when this is the case, our attorneys often establish themselves... Read More»

Another Robbery Indictment in Union County

We appeared in Union County Superior Court today in an ongoing First Degree Robbery case. We were retained in the matter approximately a year ago and are defending a gentleman who was basically a "look out" for what turned out to be an armed robbery in Union County. While the client clearly had knowledge that a robbery would take place, he had no idea that it was going to be perpetrated with a weapon or, for that matter, that one of the participants was going to pistol whip a victim.... Read More»

Union County Burglary Charges May be Coming

Recent reports have been circulating regarding almost 30 incidents of burglary in Union County. The burglaries are believed to be related and the responsibility of an organized enterprise. Participants ring the doorbell to a home while accomplices approach from the rear. If no one answers the door, the thieves break through and burglarize the property. The majority of the burglary cases arise in Westfield, Berkeley Heights, and Mountainside. Thousands of dollars in theft losses are claimed. The law governing Burglary Charges in Union County is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. It... Read More»

Linden NJ Robbery Results in Injuries

While purse snatchings are common in major cities, I usually do not connect the City of Linden with such a robbery. The exception was the case earlier in the week when a young man knocked a Union County woman to the ground to steal her purse. The woman was initially successful in escaping the theft but the assailant ran her down and slapped her in the face causing her to fall to the ground. The thief made off with the purse and has yet to be apprehended. In accordance with... Read More»

Union County DWI Task Force & Kenilworth Initiating Crackdown

From August 21 through September 7, sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in Union County as part of the "Over the Limit - Under Arrest" campaign.  The first roadblock has been scheduled by Union County and the Kenilworth Police and shall be conducted on August 27, 2009. The roadblock shall be positioned at the interection of Kenilworth Boulevard and Michigan Avenue and shall run from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Roadblocks and DWI checkpoints are actually much more common than many people know. Notwithstanding, the odds of someone encountering one is... Read More»

Union County Drug Distribution Arrest Unsuccessful

For months now, the Union County Prosecutors Office and police throughout the County have been attempting to apprehend a reputed drug dealer. The suspect is alleged to be a kingpin in a cocaine distribution and trafficking ring based out of Elizabeth. He is also believed to be a high level member of the "Bloods". The defendant has a long history with the law. The pending charges involve RICO, maintaining a cocaine drug production facility, distribution of CDS and numerous weapons offenses. His bail is set at $5,000,000 but efforts to... Read More»

Elizabeth NJ Man in Possession of $8.0 Million in Heroin

We read about sizable drug possession busts all the time that involve Union County. Well, there was certainly a sizable one last Friday. In this regard, a Union County man from Elizabeth was charged with possession of between $8,000,000 and $10,000,000 of heroin. The arrest is believed to be the largest seizure of pure heroin (i.e. was not cut for distribution) in related County history. Possession with Intent to Distribute is a First Degree Offense when it involves 5.0 ounces or more of Heroin. These charges undoubtedly carry a First... Read More»

Union Correction Officer Arrested for Conspiracy

If you have been reading the newspapers lately, you probably have seen an article or two concerning prisoners who have come into possession of cell phones.  This is apparently a significant problem for the Union County Correctional Institute and other jails around the state. The issue is not only the mobile telephones themselves but also the fact that it is claimed that many convicts are using them to continue criminal activities within Union County and elsewhere. The heat was so high on this issue that a state corrections officer from... Read More»