Archives for Hudson County Criminal 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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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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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!

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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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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Not Guilty Verdict

Client was charged with second degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.  He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding before cocaine was found in the backseat within client’s reach.  Client’s plea offer was five years in state prison and he faced up to ten years if found guilty at trial.  However, he was found not guilty of  all charges by a jury.
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