Proetta & Oliver just finished representing a client that was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, driving while intoxicated as well as countless other motor vehicle violations. The charges originated from a serious motor vehicle accident that dated back to 2017. When the officers arrived on scene they located our client, who was seated on ground next to the car and he was profusely bleeding from his forehead. Due to the severity of his injuries our client was taken to the hospital. A subsequent search of our client’s motor vehicle was conducted by the officers and a bb-gun was located in the center console.Read More
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
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
An experienced criminal defense attorney at Proetta & Oliver was able to secure an outright dismissal for one of their client’s this week. The client was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, in violation of NJSA 2C:35-10a(4), possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of NJSA 2C:36-2 as well as several traffic violations, including possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The charges stemmed from a routine motor vehicle stop in West Windsor Township. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer began questioning our client and the passenger about their whereabouts and what they were doing in the area, since they both resided in Connecticut. Read More
Proetta & Oliver just secured a dismissal of serious felony charges for one of their clients this past week in the Mercer County Superior Court. Our client was arrested on New Years Day and charged with three serious criminal offenses, which included unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose as well as domestic violence simple assault. Although the charges were considered “acts of domestic violence“, a temporary restraining order was not sought. The charges stemmed from an incident that took place in West Windsor Township during the early morning hours of New Years Day.Read More
Proetta & Oliver just finished up representing a client who was charged with two counts of terroristic threats stemming from an incident that took place in Lawrenceville Township.
Our firm just finished up representing a Defendant that was arrested and charged the possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and the possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. The charges stemmed from what we quickly determined was an undercover operation. The narcotic detectives were in essence combing the area looking for any suspicious activity.
In our case, the “suspicious activity” amounted to our client, who was an African American male, getting picked up in an urban area by his Caucasian friend, who happened to be driving a Mercedes. Based on this activity alone the surveillance team followed the vehicle for about two miles until it lawfully parked on the side of the road and the Defendant exited the vehicle to enter a bodega. After being inside the bodega for ten minutes, the Defendant exits and the officers assert that they watched him then have a conversation for about three minutes on the street corner with another individual. Then when the conversation ended and the parties parted ways,the officers claimed they observed a “hand gesture” as the Defendant reentered the vehicle. Based on that information alone, the Defendant and his friend were removed from their vehicle, with weapons drawn and a search was conducted. Located on the Defendant was several grams of crack cocaine and several bundles of heroin. Read More
For years now the New Jersey Supreme Court has gone back and forth on the issue of whether a police officer is permitted to conduct a warrantless search of a motor vehicle based on probable cause alone. For the better part of the last two decades, New Jersey has provided its citizens with greater protection than that of the Federal system. Pursuant to State v. Cooke and State v. Pena-Flores, a police officer must have both probable cause and exigent circumstances before they can justify a warrantless search of a motor vehicle. However, that all changed in 2015, when the New Jersey Supreme Court decided State v. Witt.Read More
Mr. Oliver, one of the founding partners at Proetta & Oliver, just resolved a case for one of their clients that originated from an incident that occurred in June of 2016. The incident involved a physical altercation between their client, his friend and his girlfriend’s father. As a result of the altercation, the girlfriend’s father suffered several broken ribs and required a dozen or so stitches to his forehead. Based on the injuries, their client and his friend were both arrested and charged with aggravated assault, in violation of NJSA 2C:12-1b(7). This is a second degree felony offense in New Jersey. If convicted, their client would be facing a prison sentence ranging anywhere from five to ten years and a fine up to $150,000. Furthermore, this offense would be subject to the No Early Release Act, which would require their client to serve at least 85% his sentence before he could become eligible for parole. While the charges were pending, their client was arrested also on two separate occasions, one of those times being for the possession of cocaine in the third degree.Read More
Mr. Oliver, one of the firms founding partners, represented a client that was arrested and charged with among other things possession of a handgun and possession of hallow point bullets. The charges stemmed from a motor vehicle stop where it was alleged that the client was speeding. Since the client was from out of state the officers began questioning him with regards to where he was coming from and heading too. During the questioning, the client admitted that located inside his vehicle was a handgun. As a result of his admissions, the Defendant was removed from his vehicle and a search was conducted. The search revealed a 9mm handgun and to make matters worse, the gun was determined to be loaded with hallow point bullets.
Based on their findings, the client was charged with an individual who was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b which is a crime of the second degree and possession of hallow nose bullets, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3f, which is a crime of the fourth degree. The handgun charge falls under the Graves Act in New Jersey. The Graves Act in essence requires a Defendant to serve not only a mandatory term of incarceration but the term must also be subject to a parole ineligibility period as well. So at a minimum, the Defendant was facing five (5) years in prison with a forty-two parole ineligibility period. Read More