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Facing a Gun Charge in Mercer County

Local Mercer County NJ Gun Charge Defense Lawyer

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

Another Bank Robbery in Mercer County NJ

Local Bank Robbery Defense Lawyer in Mercer County NJ

It seems like the number of bank robberies has been on rise in New Jersey over the last few months, especially in the Mercer County area. The New Jersey criminal code does not have a special subsection for bank robberies, it falls under the traditional robbery section, which is NJSA 2C:15-1. This is by far one of the most serious crimes in New Jersey. Depending on the facts, anyone accused of robbery will either be facing a first or second degree felony offense. A conviction for either felony offense will almost certainly land an individual in State Prison.Read More

Criminal Lawyer for Arrest at Rider University

Need a Lawyer for Rider University Criminal Charges

Arrested at Rider University?

Just like every other college in the country, Rider University deals with its fair share of “crime” each and every year. Some of the most typical arrests seen on and around the Rider campus, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, include but are not limited to underage drinking, simple assault, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of a fake id. Although these certainly are not crimes of the century, the potentially devastating consequences that follow any of the aforementioned offenses can have lasting effects on someone’s life. That includes the obvious potential for a criminal record or even jail time but it also includes the potential forfeiture of scholarships as well as being expelled from the university. Those are just a few of the reasons that if you or a loved one has been charged with a crime at or around Rider University that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if for nothing else to at least learn your options.Read More

Looking for a Criminal Lawyer for Incident at The College of New Jersey?

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Local Criminal Attorney Ewing NJ
Facing criminal charges at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Have you or your child been placed under arrest and charged with a crime at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)? If so, you are not alone. It is well known by now that college life breeds an environment that is surrounded by lavish and frequent partying. It is no secret that this atmosphere leads to underage drinking and even experimenting with drugs. Law enforcement is well aware of what college life can involve, as such, these areas tend to be heavily patrolled by not only campus security but the local police department as well. Therefore, it should be no surprise to hear that the number of arrests tend to increase in and around college areas and TCNJ is no different. Anyone arrested and charged with a criminal offense at or around the TCNJ will most likely end up litigating the charges in either the Ewing Municipal Court or the Mercer County Superior Court. As you will see below, the court that retains jurisdiction over the charges will directly depend on the degree of the crime charged. If you or your child has been charged with a criminal offense at TCNJ or elsewhere in Mercer County, we strongly urge that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. A criminal conviction can have an absolutely devastating impact on someone’s life, especially someone that is young and just about to embark on their future. To speak to one of our experienced Ewing criminal defense lawyers then please contact our local law office at 609-789-0779 or you can contact us online. Read More

Hamilton Police Officer Charged with Driving While Intoxicated

Need a Lawyer for a DWI Charge in Hamilton NJ

New Jersey as a whole but Hamilton Township could not have been any clearer this weekend that they have zero tolerance for those alleged to have been driving under the influence as they arrested and charged one of their own. New Jersey has always been well known for their aggressive approach to apprehending and prosecuting those alleged to have been driving while intoxicated. If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI, DUI, refusal to submit a breath sample, eluding, assault by auto, death by auto or drug dui in Hamilton Township, we strongly urge that you contact an experienced DWI defense attorney as soon as possible. Hamilton Township issues and prosecutes by far the most amount of DWI charges in Mercer County each and every year. In fact, they rank at the top end of the State for DWI arrests year in and year out. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with one of our Hamilton DWI defense lawyers today, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779 or you can try contacting us online by clicking the link. Although these are offenses classified as traffic offenses, the potential penalties, even for a first time offender can be absolutely devastating.Read More

Juvenile Charged with Multiple Counts of Aggravated Assault in Hopewell NJ

Hopewell NJ Juvenile Criminal Attorneys

In New Jersey, when an adult is charged with a criminal offense, the degree of the offense in question will dictate where the charges are ultimately litigated. For example, all disorderly persons offenses, like simple assault, will be litigated in the local municipal court where the incident happened and all indictable offenses, like aggravated assault will be litigated in the Superior Court in the county where the incident happened. However, when a juvenile is arrested and charged with a criminal offense, their charges are automatically transferred to the family part of the Superior Court in the county where the juvenile resides. So, regardless of whether or not the juvenile is charged with an indictable or disorderly persons offenses, the case will be transferred to the Superior Court for disposition.Read More

Conditional Discharge vs. Pretrial Intervention

How Do I Apply for PTI in Mercer County

One of the most common statements we hear from potential new clients is “Am I really facing jail time” … “But it is my first offense” … “Isn’t there some program I can take advantage of”. In short, yes there maybe but that will depend on many different factors. Some of those factors include:

  • The crime in question;
    • The degree of the crime (i.e. Felony? 1st Degree? 2nd Degree? 3rd Degree?)
    • Nature of the crime (i.e. Domestic Violence? Drugs? Assault?)
  • Prior criminal history, if any;
    •  This includes out of state crimes as well.

Potential Diversionary Programs in New Jersey

New Jersey’s two most frequently used diversionary programs include the Pretrial Intervention Program and the Conditional Discharge Program. Although these two programs are similar certain ways, they are very distinct in others.  These programs can have significant advantages for certain clients. Both programs could help an individual not only avoid incarceration but could also help someone avoid a permanent criminal record. If you have been charged with a crime like possession of marijuana, aggravated assault, shoplifting, heroin possession, eluding or burglary in Mercer County and would like to speak to one of our attorneys about your ability to gain admission into a diversionary program, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. One of our Mercer County criminal defense lawyers would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. So if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.Read More

Trenton Man Charged with Using Paintball Gun to Deter Would be Addicts

Facing Assault Charges in Trenton New Jersey

A twenty-four year old Trenton native reached his boiling point last week and attempted to take the law into his own hands. According to the Trentontian, the Defendant fired a paintball gun at a suspected drug addict, that he alleged was using his property, including his front porch to inject their drugs.  Defendant alleges that this is not the first time and that these addicts constantly loiter in and around his property, so that they can use their drugs.  To make matters worse, the Defendant also alleges that these addicts would urinate and defecate on it as well. As a result, the Defendant, who allegedly tried to deter would be addicts from using his property by dumping water on them, turned to his paintball gun for additional assistance this week.Read More

Aggravated Assault Indictment Dismissed

Facing Assault Charge in Hamilton NJ

Proetta & Oliver was able to secure yet another dismissal of serious felony charges for one of their clients. This time, our client was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the third degree and theft of moveable property in the third degree following an incident in Hamilton Township. The charges stemmed from an incident that took place both outside and inside local hotel in Hamilton Township. The victim in the case, who was our client’s girlfriend at the time of the incident, alleged that our client not only struck her in the face several times but also choked her to the point of unconsciousness twice and attempted to place her into the bathtub while she was unconscious. Furthermore, she alleged that while she was unconscious, our client stole her cellphone and her vehicle and fled the scene.  As a result of the victim’s allegations, a BOLO was put out for her vehicle. Authorities were able locate the vehicle, which our client was operating. Following a brief investigation on scene he was placed under arrest. He was taken to the Mercer County Jail, pending his Central Judicial Processing Hearing (CJP). Once the hearing was conducted, it was determined that our client would be released from the county jail pending his Pre-Indictment Conference (PIC). During his PIC conference our client rejected the State’s offer and sent the matter to the Grand Jury. Once the Grand Jury formally indicted him is when he retained our services.Read More

Domestic Violence Harassment Charge

Princeton NJ Domestic Violence Harassment Attorney

By far one of the most common acts of domestic violence is harassment, which includes cyber harassment. These two charges can and more often than not, lead to an individual being saddled with a temporary restraining order on top of the criminal charges. To make matters worse, if the incident which lead to the individual being charged with harassment is classified as an act of domestic violence, that person more likely than not will be taken to the county jail for up to 48 hours so that pretrial services can conduct their interview. Which means, a simple heated text message exchange or a verbal dispute between loved ones can easily end with at least one of the parties spending at a minimum, a night in jail.Read More