Archives for New Jersey Not Guilty Verdict

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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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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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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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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Not Guilty Trial Verdict

Client was charged with two counts each of the following: unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and aggravated assault.  Each set of counts was for a handgun and a bat that client was alleged to have used against two customers and a car dealership that he was employed at.  Client and defense witnesses maintained that the two customers were the instigators and that client was acting in self-defense and defense of others (namely, the elderly owner of the dealership).  Client faced a mandatory state prison sentence between five and ten years if found guilty
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Multiple Charges Dismissed

My client was charged with Criminal Contempt and Harassment. The State alleged that he violated a temporary restraining order (TRO) by calling his ex-girlfriend (who had sought the TRO) while incarcerated on other charges. The State further alleged my client threatened his ex-girlfriend in that same phone call. He faced up to six months in jail consecutive to the charges he was initially held on. Upon being retained, I immediately requested the jail’s phone records. Careful review of the phone records showed that, while he did dial the ex-girlfriend’s phone number, no call ever connected on the night that the
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Attempted Car Theft Charges Dropped

My client was charged with attempted car theft.  He faced up to five years in New Jersey state prison and immigration deportation.  Careful review of the police investigation led to the charges being downgraded to a disorderly person (aka misdemeanor) offense with court fines only (no prison, no probation, and no deportation). 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 the firm today for a free consultation.  Attorney Jake Hudnut is here to help!
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