Archives for Hudson County Criminal Defense Lawyer

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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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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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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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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Shoplifting Ring Leader Charges Downgraded

Client was charged with being the ring leader of a shoplifting scheme that stole over $100,000 from various departments stores New Jersey and New York.  Client was related to the shoplifters, and her car was driven by some of the shoplifters, but no evidence put client in the stores at the time of the thefts or profiting from same.  Client was an employed bus driver with no criminal record.  Her plea offer was over five years in New Jersey State Prison.
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Weapon Charge Downgraded To Probation

Following a police foot chase, client was alleged to have been in possession of a handgun that was found near the area of his arrest, but not on him.  An officer alleged that client through the gun during the case.  Client’s plea offer was over five years in New Jersey State Prison.
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Drug Production Facility Charges Dropped

Client was charged with first degree drug production facility charges.  The plea offer was near ten years in New Jersey State Prison.  However, I filed a successful challenge to the warrantless search that led police inside the home that the client allegedly lived in (although there was no physical evidence that client lived in or operated at this location).  Accordingly, all charges against the client were dismissed.  
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Burglary Charges Accepted into Diversionary Program

Client was charged with breaking into a home and stealing home electronics.  Client was a college student and had no prior criminal felony contact.  The nature of client’s charged kept him out of Pre-Trial Intervention, the diversionary program he would normally be eligible for as a first-time offender.  His plea offer was a plea to a felony with probation, but this would have affected his college financial aid and ability to find work after graduation.
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First Degree Armed Robbery Charges Dismissed

Client was charged in state court with first degree armed robbery for the alleged forceful theft of a local restaurant owner.  The plea offer was fifteen years in state prison and, if convicted at trial, the maximum sentence was twenty years in state prison.   However, a review of the state’s proof indicated that the alleged victim was a defendant in a federal prosecution and client had already plead guilty to robbing this victim and agreed to cooperate in any federal prosecution against her.  A motion to dismiss the state charges on the grounds of double jeopardy was granted and
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Not Guilty Verdict

Client was charged with first degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.  Client accepted and signed for a package containing three kilograms of cocaine at the Union City Post Office.  The package had been sent from Puerto Rico, and postal inspectors and local police had already determined through a lawfully-obtained search warrant that it contained cocaine.  Client maintained that he was picking up the package for a friend as a favor and had no knowledge that it contained cocaine.  His plea offer was ten years in state prison.  Client maintained his innocence and proceeded to trial, where he
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