Archives for New Jersey Criminal Defense

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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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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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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Not Guilty Trial Verdict!

A client was charged with possessing 14 vials of cocaine with the intent to sell them.  They were found in the lobby of an apartment building that the client was observed by police entering and existing with other individuals in between stretches of time standing on a nearby street corner.  The State alleged that the client did not live in this building.  The client’s plea offer was five years in New Jersey state prison with three-year parole ineligibility.  If convicted, he faced upward of ten years in state prison with five-year parole ineligibility.  
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A Second Chance for Client with 4 Distribution Cases

A client had four open files for distributing drugs and/or possessing drugs with the intent to sell them.  His plea offer was seven years in a state prison and, if convicted at trial, his aggregate sentence for all four files would be well over 30 years in prison.  Client maintained he sold to support his own drug habit, but was denied special probation Drug Court because he had failed out of same ten years ago. 
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Not Guilty Trial Verdict!

Client was charged with possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute when three police officers alleged to have seen him run from them and toss the drugs on the ground.  Over thirty vials of cocaine and heroine were recorded.  Client – who was being treated with kidney dialysis three times a week – had a plea offer was five years in New Jersey State Prison and maintained his innocence.  
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