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A two month long undercover investigation that lead to the arrest of three Mercer County residents was concluded this week in Hamilton, New Jersey. According to the reports, this was a multi agency investigation and it involved several undercover narcotics sales. The agencies involved included the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, the Hamilton Police Department and the Hamilton Police Department. Based on their investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the main suspects residence. Once the search warrant was fully executed on the home, two bundles of heroin, 37 Xanax’s and nine marijuana baggies were seized. Also, the main suspect, a thirty-eight year old male from Hamilton, was found to be in possession of 24 more bricks of heroin and over $500 in cash. In addition to him, two other Hamilton residences were arrested as well following a subsequent search of vehicle they were operating. The vehicle, which was later seized, resulted in three more bags of crack cocaine. Read More
A chain reaction motor vehicle accident in West Windsor Township this weekend leaves one deceased and one being charged with death by auto. According to the reports released at this point in time, the Defendant, a fifty year old resident of West Windsor, was driving down Quakerbridge Road when he rear ended the car directly in front of him. As a result of that collision, the Defendant then slammed into another individual who was operating a motorcycle in the right lane. But it did not end there, eye witnesses then assert that the Defendant attempted to flee the scene on foot. However, he did not make it very far as he collapsed about 200 feet away from the scene and bystanders actually needed to restrain him from leaving. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the first car was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Defendant was arrested and charged with one count of death by auto, one count of assault by auto, one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of possessing an open container of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. The most serious charge above is death by auto. That is a second degree felony offense in New Jersey and if convicted, the Defendant could be facing up to ten years in a State Prison and a fine up to $150,000. In addition, the charges could upgraded to aggravated manslaughter, where the Defendant could be facing up to thirty years in a State Prison. It is unclear but once the Defendant was treated for his injuries he was most likely taken to the Mercer County Jail so that a pretrial service packet can be complied. That will be used in an effort to determine if the prosecution will seek to detain the Defendant in the Mercer County Jail without bail, pending trial. Read More
Mr. Oliver from our office just resolved a case a Temporary Restraining Order in the Mercer County Superior Court last week. Our client was the Defendant and issued a Temporary Restraining Order in Ewing Township. Once Mr. Oliver and the client met and discussed the facts of the case, it was apparent that the plaintiff was going to have serious proof issues. Mr. Oliver was able to recover countless text messages, emails and phone call records which exploited serious misconceptions in the plaintiff’s version of events. Furthermore, it became apparent through the text messages that the plaintiff had other ulterior motives when it came to obtaining the Temporary Restraining Order, which is one thing that the court system does not take kindly. When a plaintiff is using the TRO as “a sword as opposed to a shield”, the court system gets very irritated fast. In other other words, the court really frowns upon a situation where in which the plaintiff is simply seeking a TRO for means other than that they truly fear the Defendant.Read More
There is a huge misconception going on in New Jersey that the possession marijuana is a “low level” offense and that it is “no big deal”. However, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Marijuana is still illegal in New Jersey. So the fact that it is legal in California or Colorado or the fact that it is decriminalized in New York will have no bearing on someone caught possessing marijuana in New Jersey. The Hamilton Municipal Court in Mercer County deals with a tremendous amount of drug charges each and every year and the possession of marijuana under 50 grams is one of the most common charges levied against individuals. If you have been charged with the unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia or issued a ticket for being in possession of CDS while in a motor vehicle in Hamilton, New Jersey, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help.Read More
A Foot Locker store in North Olden Avenue in Ewing was robbed last Friday. The robbery occurred around 2:30 in the afternoon. According to the reports, the suspected entered the store handed a note to an employee that read “Don’t make this a homicide”. Once the employee read the note he fled out the rear of the store through a rear stock room. The only other individual in the store was a customer who to fled the store. Once the store was empty, the suspect smashed both registers. Once he removed both cash draws he fled the store with cash draws in hand. The Ewing Police Department is asking for the public’s help to catch the suspect. The entire incident has been captured on surveillance video. Here is a clip of the surveillance footage courtesy of the Trentonian.Read More
The Ewing Police Department is still investigating the burglary of a Metro PCS store that occurred last month. According to the reports, the suspect was rather brazing as he made entry into the Metro PCS on North Olden Avenue. It is alleged that he shattered the front window of the store to gain entry. Once climbing through the front window the suspected headed directly to the cash register, where he removes a sum of cash. The suspect then heads to the shelves and grabs a blue tooth speaker before exiting the store. The Ewing Police Department is still searching for the suspect and are asking the public for help. Apparently, at the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a red Arizona Cardinals hat. The entire incident is captured on surveillance video. If the suspect is ever apprehended he will most likely be charged with shoplifting in the third degree, burglary in the third degree, trespassing in the fourth degree, theft of moveable property in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree.Read More
According to the reports, the Ewing Police Department has arrested and charge three juveniles with a several drug and weapons violations late last week. The charges stemmed from what the officers are claiming was a routine traffic stop. During the initial interaction, the officers on scene claimed that they smelled the scent of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. The smell of the marijuana gave the officers the probable cause that they needed to search the motor vehicle.
When the motor vehicle was searched, the officers uncovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun, a pellet gun and what they believed was marijuana. The three juveniles, two from Trenton and one from Ewing, were arrested and charged with the following offenses: Read More
The City of Trenton is no stranger to the heroin epidemic that has been sweeping through New Jersey over the last five years. In fact, it has become well known throughout the drug community as one of the hotspots for anyone trying to score heroin. Unfortunately, the Trenton Police Department is well aware of that to. Over the years they have really ramped up their patrol. In an effort to try and combat the epidemic that has been sweeping throughout the state, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has taken a tough stance when it comes to prosecuting these types of offenses. If you have been arrested and charged with possession of heroin in Trenton it is crucial that you speak to an experienced Mercer County criminal defense attorney about your options. This is a serious offense, one that if not handled properly could land an individual behind bars for up to five years. At the Law Office of Proetta & Oliver we fully understand what is at stake when a Defendant is charged with possessing heroin. If you would like to come into our office for a consultation today then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. We can sit down and discuss the specific facts of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to fit your needs. Our attorneys are well equipped to defend these types of charges anyway that you see fit, whether that be a trial, suppression hearing or negotiating a favorable plea deal. These are serious charges and ones that should not be taken lightly. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.Read More
The Princeton Police Department has announced that they are currently investigating a rash of car burglaries that occurred within the township earlier this week. According the reports, three cars were stolen and another five were broken into between late Sunday night an early Monday morning. A 2017 Toyota Highlander and a 2015 Mercedes Benz were stolen from the driveway of a home on Finley Road. Also, an 2009 Audi was stolen from the driveway of a home on Allison Street. It appears that every single one of the vehicles which were stolen not only were unlocked but also had the key located inside of them. Of the other four cars that were broken into, two of them were located on Mt. Lucas Road, another on Coniston Court and the last one on Hunter Road. So they were all located in very close proximity to one another. Of the four vehicles that were burglarized, it appears that they were also all unlocked but the keys were not located inside the vehicle. More often than not, these types of crimes are what is known as, crimes of opportunities. Meaning that although the area may have been preplanned, they normally only actually burglarize the vehicles which they find are unlocked. In other words, you can seek to prevent these types of crimes by simply making sure your vehicle is properly secured. Read More
The Trenton Street Crime Detectives were at it again this weekend. This time they arrested and charged a thirty-three year old male from the City with weapons and motor vehicle offenses. According to the reports released at this point in time, the detectives became suspicious of the Defendant when they noticed that his car was parked on the sidewalk near Sanford Street. When they approached the Defendant’s vehicle they noticed that the Defendant was attempting to conceal something under his seat. Once the car was illuminated they noticed an open bottle of alcohol and a handgun by the Defendant’s feet. As a result he was removed from the car and arrested. He was formally charged with unlawful possession of a weapons, possession of a defaced firearm and several other motor vehicle infractions. Read More