Read my Op-Ed in the Jersey Journal

Here is a fact that can’t be repeated enough in Hudson County right now:  four people have died in the past eight months. None of them were accused of violent crimes, and the oldest among them was just 48 years old. Read my op-ed which appeared online and in print in the Jersey Journal on this sad news, and how Hudson County has fallen short in addressing this tragedy in a substantive way. Click here.
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1983 Felony Vacated for Immigrant In Removal Proceedings

Client was a 56-year old man who came to the United States lawfully in the early 1980s, but his visa had since expired. In 1983, he made a mistake and was arrested for drug possession/attempted sale in Brooklyn, New York. He pleaded guilty, unaware that he was making himself permanently removable and ineligible to ever legalize or naturalize. In the years, since he built a career and a family with children born here as citizens. He was never in trouble again. Sadly, in the early 2000s, he found himself ordered removed because of the 1983 conviction. He was able to
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Life Sentence Reduced to 2-Year Probation!

Client was charged with aggravated assault and witness tampering, both in the first degree. Both charges carried 10- to 20-year sentences, which could have run consecutively and amounted to a life sentence. The pre-trial plea offer was more than ten years. Client maintained his innocence. This was not surprising; the complaining witness had a history of making false allegations against client, including in a case in which the jury acquitted client, having not believed the complaining witness. Prior to trial, I filed motions to dismiss the witness tampering (because the underlying case had been acquitted) and to introduce the witness’s
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Minimum Sentence for Manslaughter Conviction

Client was charged with manslaughter after the man she shared an apartment with was found dead. Client faced up to ten years in State prison. Client maintained that the incident was initiated by the decedent. I hired an expert to review the autopsy, which confirmed client’s account and also found inconsistencies in the medical examiner’s initial report. Motions were filed to this effect, and the State’s plea offer was lowered to the lowest end of the sentencing range: five years. 
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Hudnut Joins Spar & Bernstein!

Jake Hudnut is excited to announce that effective April 24, 2017 he will join the team at Spar & Bernstein, P.C., a nationally-recognized immigration law firm in New York, NY. In the firm’s criminal defense practice group, Jake will continue to aggressively advocate for the accused, stand up for their constitutional rights, and tell their stories to judges and juries. Jake and his colleagues in the criminal defense practice group will represent those accused of crimes in all courts throughout New York and New Jersey.
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Not Guilty Jury Verdict!

A client was charged with possession of a weapon and, based on prior criminal contact, faced an extended term in state prison with a significant period of parole ineligibility. The weapon was found among the client’s personal belongings, including photo identification. Through defense investigation, the raising of reasonable doubt, and skillful examination of the State’s witnesses (who had motive to lie), the client was found not guilty of the charges. If you are accused of a crime or an offense, then it is important you retain the representation of a knowledgeable and aggressive defense attorney to advocate strongly on your behalf. Contact
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Not Guilty Verdict on First Degree Kidnapping

A client was accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and committing assault. The combination of charges exposed the client to between twenty years and life in prison if found guilty.  Client’s offer before trial was approximately ten years, but he insisted he was innocent. An aggressive defense was presented to the jury, based in large part on skillful cross examination of the State’s many witnesses, and after a three-week trial the client was acquitted of all felony charges.
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Bail lowered from 150K to 7.5K in case of overzealous prosecution

A client  was charged with first degree Witness Tampering for  allegedly posting his criminal case’s discovery to his personal Facebook. He had a bail of $150,000 cash only. However, first degree Witness Tampering requires force or threat of force. Without force or threat of force, it is a third degree charge. The client’s posts had no threats of force. A lengthy bail motion brought this to the judge’s attention, who agreed the charge should not be first degree. Bail was  significantly lowered to $7,500 with a 10% cash option. It still remains to be determined if simply posting your case’s
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Distribution Charges Dismissed Before Trial

Client was charged with distributing drugs to an undercover police officer.  His plea offer included state prison.  Mr. Hudnut investigated several alibi witnesses who stated that the client was in New York during the time of the alleged sale.  No arrest had been made at the scene of the alleged sale and the identification procedure used by the police was poorly administrated.  Upon presentation of the client’s alibi witnesses and a sound legal argument highlighting the deficiencies of the investigating police’s identification procedure, the charges were dismissed the day before jury selection was scheduled to begin. 
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