Archives for Jake Hudnut

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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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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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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Attorney Hudnut Presents at Statewide Public Defender Training

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender’s statewide in-house Continuing Legal Education training on “Guns and the Law: Graves Act Nuances and Using the Escape Valve to Probation.” I spoke about my experience securing a probationary sentence after trial for a client convicted of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon – a first in Hudson County history, which was recently upheld on appeal.  Read more about the trial here.   A hand out of my presentation can be found here: Graves Act waiver pinball.
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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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