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Arrested and Charged with Choking in Mercer County
As of July 2021, anyone accused of choking another during a domestic dispute in New Jersey will now be charged with a second degree indictable offense (felony). With the passing of this new legislation regarding strangulation allegations, New Jersey has once again shown its desire to protect those who fall victim of domestic violence. It is well known by now that the legislature has been extremely proactive in combating crimes of domestic violence and this is yet again another sign that they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect would be victims. In fact, law enforcement throughout the State, including in Mercer County has undergo extensive training regarding domestic violence investigations. By there very nature, these types of crimes tend to not only be underreported but most investigation tend to be stonewalled by alleged victims. Therefore, New Jersey has put a big emphasis on spotting signs of choking. The elevation in the severity of the penalties one faces if convicted of domestic violence choking is just one of the proactive steps that New Jersey has taken over the years. Another major example was New Jersey’s Bail Reform Act that was enacted in 2017. The Bail Reform Act almost guarantees that those charged with a crime of domestic violence will be required to spend at least 24-48 hours in the County Jail. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime of domestic violence in Mercer County, the Law Office of Proetta, Oliver & Fay can help. Our attorneys have a significant amount of experience defending domestic violence allegations in Mercer County. We defend not only domestic violence strangulation charges but terroristic threats, harassment, stalking, aggravated assault and cyber-harassment charges as well. We serve all of Mercer County, including Hightstown, West Windsor, Hamilton, Trenton, Princeton, Hopewell, Ewing and East Windsor. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today, please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779.Read More
Proetta, Oliver & Fay was able to secure a dismissal of a temporary restraining order (TRO) after a two day trial in Mercer County for their client who was accused of sexual assaulting the alleged victim in her dorm room last year. If you or a loved one has been served with a TRO and would like to consult with one of our attorneys about your options, please feel free to contact our Hamilton office at 609.789.0779.Read More
Proetta, Oliver & Fay was recently retained by an individual who had been subject to the harsh requirements of Parole Supervision for Life (PSL) and Megan’s Law (ML) for an incident that took place in the early 2000’s in Mercer County. Parole Supervision, Community Supervision and Megan’s Law Registry are special conditions imposed on individuals who are convicted of or who plead guilty to specific sex offenses in New Jersey. Our client was extremely eager to seek to petition the Court to be removed from both requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2f. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2f, certain individuals may seek to petition the Court to be removed from either Parole Supervision and/or Megan’s Law Registering if they can meet the strict requirements. As anyone could imagine, being removed from either PSL or Megan’s Law Registering would be a significant benefit. It goes without saying that both of these requirements have a significant effect on how one could live their life.Read More
Being placed under arrest and formally charged with a criminal offense can be absolutely terrifying. Those thoughts will only be exacerbated if the individual has been charged with a first degree felony. A first degree charge is the highest degree of a felony under the New Jersey criminal code. The minimumterm of incarceration that an individual can receive is ten (10) years in a New Jersey State Prison. It should go with out saying, that if you or a loved one has been charged with a first degree crime like aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery, drug distribution, murder or leader of a drug trafficking network in Mercer County or elsewhere in New Jersey, we strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney immediately about your options. As you will see below, even obtaining bail, which will allow for the individual to be released from jail pending trial, can be complicated and more likely than not, will required a formal hearing. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today with one of the Mercer County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta, Oliver & Fay, then please contact our office at 609-789-0779. Our attorneys serve all of Mercer County, including Trenton, Hightstown, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Ewing and Princeton. Now here is some information on First Degree Felony in New Jersey.
Princeton Township is one of the more affluent and sought after municipalities in all of New Jersey, let alone Mercer County. It is home to one of the Country’s most prestiges and recognizable universities, Princeton University. If that wasn’t desirable enough, it also has an extremely bustling downtown, which attracts people from all over the area. In order to help keep Princeton such a desirable location to not only live but to visit, law enforcement rigorously patrols the township. As a result, what starts out as a routine traffic stop can and tends to, lead to an increase in drug possession arrests. Some of the most common drug charges that we tend to see issued in and around the Princeton area include but are not limited to cocaine possession, MDMA possession, marijuana possession and possession of prescription drugs like Xanax, Adderral and Oxycontin. These are all extremely serious charges and as you will see below, the potential sentence if convicted for one of these offenses can have a crippling affect on your life.Read More
Proetta, Oliver & Fay was able to secure another dismissal of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) for one of their clients last week. Our client was served with a TRO following an alleged domestic dispute between his ex-wife. The incident took place in their residence in Robbinsville Township. The victim alleged that our client as not only verbally abuse during the altercation but was also physically abusive. Furthermore, the victim alleged that their three children were present during the dispute as well. While the case was pending, our client was also charged with violating the TRO.
Charged with a second degree indictable offense in Mercer County? Was it for Aggravated Assault? Burglary? Sexual Assault? Eluding? Endangering the Welfare of a Child? Heroin Distribution? Gun Charge? If so, we strongly urge that you speak to an experienced Mercer County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. As you will see below, a second degree indictable offense carries with it not only a presumption of imprisonment if convicted but the term of incarceration could be up to a decade. Clearly these types of consequences are life changing. If you would like to speak to one of the criminal defense lawyers at Proetta, Oliver & Fay about your options, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609.789.0779. Our office handles all of Mercer County, including towns like East Windsor, Ewing, Trenton, Robbinsville, Highstown, Lawrenceville and Princeton. Read More
Being charged with a fourth degree indictable offense can be intimidating. Not understanding your options as well as the potential ramifications will only add to an already stressful situation. It is important to note here that a fourth degree indictable offense is considered a felony offense. New Jersey does not use the preferable “felony” and “misdemeanor” to describe the degrees of crimes, instead we use “indictable offenses” and “disorderly persons offenses“. As you will see below, indictable offenses are broken down even further into four different degrees: first, second, third and fourth. The specific offense charged will dictate the degree of the crime. If you or a loved one has unfortunately been charged with a fourth degree felony like possession of marijuana over 50 grams, stalking, shoplifting, driving while suspended, assault by auto or resisting arrest in Mercer County, the Law Office of Proetta, Oliver & Fay can hep. Our attorneys defend those accused of serious crimes in courts throughout Mercer County, including in towns like Hightstown, West Windsor, Trenton, Hamilton, Ewing and Robbinsville. Read More
Have you been arrested and charged with a third degree indictable offense in Mercer County? Was it in Trenton? West Windsor? Hamilton? Princeton? Ewing? If so, we strongly urge that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your options. It is important to understand that “indictable offenses“ are New Jersey’s version of a felony. They are broken down into four different degrees: first, second, third and fourth, with a first degree being the most serious. As you will see below, the potential sentence for anyone convicted of a third degree indictable offense in New Jersey can be life altering. If you have bee charged with aggravated assault, possession of heroin, terroristic threats, shoplifting, distribution of cocaine, burglary or any other offense in Mercer County, Proetta, Oliver & Fay can help. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with one of our Mercer County criminal defense attorneys today, please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779 or you can try contacting us online. Read More
The Lawrenceville Police Department has formally charged two juveniles with among other things, bias intimidation following an incident that occurred last Saturday during a football game. According to the reports, the investigation began when detectives learned through social media posts that two high school students allegedly urinated on four African American female eighth graders. To make matters worse, the two juveniles are alleged to have used racial slurs during the incident as well.