Princeton Basketball Star Charged with Aggravated Assault & Resisting Arrest

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It has been reported that Princeton University’s all start basketball player was arrested following an incident at the local Wawa earlier this week. It appears that the incident started when the Defendant, a twenty-two year old male, got into a heated argument with several other customers. Since the Wawa is actually located on campus, campus security was called to the scene around 3:30 a.m. to investigate. According to the Trentonian, that is when things went from bad to worse for the local basketball star. Apparently the Defendant became more irritate and started screaming and cursing off campus security. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it is then alleged that the Defendant took a swing at one of the officers but fortunately the officer was able to duck out of the way. It was at this point that the officers finally subdued the Defendant and was able to place him in handcuffs. Read More

Child Pornography Charges Filed in Mercer County

Local Child Pornography Defense Attorney in Mercer County has reported that a twenty-four year old male from Princeton Township was charged with not only possessing but distributing child pornography last Tuesday. Based on the reports, it appears that authorities from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were first tipped off about the Defendant’s alleged conduct by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. After investigating the tip, the authorities learned that the “sharing” of the pornography was coming from an IP address in Princeton. It is unclear at this point in time what specifically revealed to authorities that the Defendant was their suspect as an IP address only indicates where the images were being “shared” from.Read More

What is the Difference Between Simple Assault & Aggravated Assault

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When it comes to defending an assault charge in New Jersey it is important to determine first whether the charge is for a simple assault or aggravated assault. The difference between the two will not only indicate what court has jurisdiction over the charge but it will also indicate the potential penalties that an individual is facing as well. Furthermore, it is more likely than not that an individual charged with aggravated assault will be subject to bail reform and thus be forced to go through a detention hearing in order to be released from the county jail on bail, pending trial. Once that is determined, it is then important to figure out who the alleged victim was. Was it a random person? Was it a police officer? Was it a loved one? The type of victim could not only lead to additional charges but it could also lead to collateral consequences including a temporary restraining order.Read More

As the Holiday Season Approaches NJ Increases Police Patrol

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In an effort to deter and hopefully prevent would be drunk drivers this holiday season, New Jersey has announced that they received more than $775,000 in grants to help better patrol the streets. The main goal behind the grants is to offset the overtime costs needed to increase the police presence throughout each of the municipalities. In all, more than 160 municipalities in 21 different counties obtained grant money this holiday season in order to participate in what has been labeled as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  A similar program was run last holiday season but with only 128 municipalities participating and the numbers were staggering. In total, 1,416 individuals were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (alcohol) or driving under the influence (drugs). Another 5,128 were charged with speeding and 2,916 were charged with failing to wear a seatbelt.Read More

Hamilton Police Look for Theft Suspect

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According to the Trentonian, the Hamilton Police Department is actively searching for two individuals whom they allege have been stealing packages off the front porch of a residence near Collins Road. The suspects were apparently caught on video surveillance removing several packages from the front porch on both November 25th and 28th. The one suspect was described as a heavy-set male, who was approximately 5’8 inches tall and wearing gray sweatpants, a gray hoodie and white sneakers. The second suspect was of a more medium build but same height and was wearing dark pants and hoodie. Both of them were able to flee the area before authorities could be notified. As a result, the Hamilton Police Department is asking for anyone with information to please come forward. Read More

Assault by Auto Charges Filed in Ewing Township

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Tragedy has struck The College of New Jersey this week. According to the reports, a serious motor vehicle accident occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday in Ewing Township. It appears that the Defendant, a twenty-two year old from West Windsor was driving down Pennington Avenue when his vehicle crossed over the center line colliding with a vehicle heading in the other direction. The vehicle heading in the opposite direction was carrying five TCNJ students, all of whom were seriously injured and needed assistance being removed from the vehicle. In all, eight individuals were seriously injured as a result of the incident.  Three of individuals were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and the other five were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment. It was eventually determined that the Defendant was operating under the influence at the time of the incident. To make worse, it was discovered that the driver of the other vehicle was the designated driver for the evening and was attempting to help his colleagues return home safely.Read More

Another Random Groping Incident Reported This Week in Princeton

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Authorities in Princeton Township are fearing that an alleged “serial groper” from earlier this year is at it yet again. This time, victimizing a fifteen year old girl who was walking in downtown Princeton near Franklin and Moore street on Friday at around 5:30 pm. The suspect allegedly came up from behind the victim and grabbed her buttock before fleeing the area. Unfortunately, the victim was not able to obtain a good description of the suspect but did confirm that he was wearing all black. Back in April of this year another groping incident occurred near Moore Street and Spruce Street. With the assistance of local surveillance cameras, authorities were able to locate video footage of the incident but are still yet to identify the suspect. Also in April a women alleged that a man was peeking into the stalls of a bathroom at a local brewery.Read More

Temporary Restraining Order Dismissed in Hamilton NJ

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Proetta & Oliver is happy to announce that they were able to secure another dismissal of a temporary restraining order (TRO) for one of their clients, this time in Mercer County. The victim in this case was our client’s wife of two years. She alleged in her TRO that she had been continually harassed by our client via emails, text messages and phone calls for the previous month about various different things. Also, she had indicated that he has been harassing in the past and that most of their verbal arguments took place in front of the children. As a result of the TRO being issued, our client was removed from the marital home pending the final restraining order hearing. In the interim, the victim also filed for divorce.  Read More

DWI Dismissed in Hamilton Township

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Proetta & Oliver is happy to announce that they were able to secure another dismissal of driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges for one of their client’s, this time in Hamilton Township. Our client was arrested and charged with a slue of criminal and traffic offenses following an incident in Hamilton Township. The slue of charges included DWI, possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while suspended. Once our office was retained, we sent a request for discovery from the New Jersey State Police.Read More

Facing a Gun Charge in Mercer County

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It is well known by now that New Jersey takes gun offenses very seriously and that the ramifications for anyone accused of unlawfully possessing a firearm can be unforgiving. The potential penalties include not only a mandatory term of incarceration but also the imposition of a mandatory parole ineligibility period as well. Those penalties are as a result of the Graves Act, which was instituted in an effort to combat gang activity. Under the Graves Act, even for a first time offender who has a proper permit from another state, the mandatory minimum plea offer that can be extended is five (5) years in state prison with a forty-two month parole ineligibility period. With that being said, there is a Graves Act Waiver that could be obtained, however, it will be on the defense counsel to convince the prosecution that such waiver should be granted. For more information on the Graves Act and how it applies in Mercer County, please click the link.

The penalties mentioned above are applicable for anyone accused of possessing a firearm without first obtaining the proper firearms id card, even if they had a proper permit from another state. They do not taken into consideration whether or not the gun was used for an unlawful purpose. For example, was the gun used to commit a robbery or during the commission of a drug offense? If that is the case, additional charges would apply, such as possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon during the commission of a drug offense. Read More