Reduction of Points, N.J.S.A. 39:5-30.9

Reduction of Points, N.J.S.A. 39-5-30.9, New Jersey, Alcotest, Walk and Turn Test, One-Leg Stand Test, Nystagmus Test Procedures, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Vertical Gaze Nystagmus, standardized field sobriety tests, Driving While Intoxicated, DWI, Driving Under the Influence, DUI, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerA recent automobile collision in Jersey City resulted in an arrest for driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. Indeed, the crash occurred after a woman leapt from her vehicle. To her credit, before her flying leap she had stopped the vehicle. But she jumped from it at a busy intersection without putting it in park, per the news. Consequently, her vehicle crashed into another parked vehicle. Subsequently, police found the woman in the middle of the road. Despite these ostensibly harrowing events, however, news reports indicate she suffered minor injuries. Although her minor injures signify good luck, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission assesses 5 points for any person convicted of reckless driving.1 Additionally, the accumulation of points can lead to surcharges and license suspension.2 Nevertheless, the law requires the reduction of points recorded against a licensee in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:5-30.9.3 Read more

Aggravated Assault, Pointing, N.J.SA. 2c:12-1(b)(4)

Aggravated Assault, Pointing, N.J.S.A. 2c:12-1(b)(4), New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerLast September a misunderstanding in a park lead to charges against a Jersey City Detective. Thus, the cop is under indictment for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and false incrimination. Additionally, the indictment charges him with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault, pointing a firearm. It all began when the cop was with his son in a park. An argument with another person ensued. And when it became physical, the cop allegedly drew his gun, causing the juvenile to raise his hands. But in the end, the juvenile left with a girl and no one was injured. Read More

Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage, N.J.S.A. 2c:17-2

Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage, N.J.S.A. 2c-17-2, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerHave you heard of self-immolation? A suicidal-sacrificial form of protest, it includes but is not limited to setting oneself on fire. For example, some self-immolation martyrs include Thích Quảng Đức, Jan Zajíc, and Evžen Plocek. To be certain, however, this form of altruistic suicide is for a collective cause. Additionally, martyrs do not intend to inflict physical harm on others or cause material damage. Instead, they merely intend to attract attention to a cause. Therefore, if performed for these selfless motives, the martyr is not causing or risking widespread injury or damage. Contrarily, a man in Woodbridge recently doused himself with fuel and tried to light himself on fire. Read More


Unauthorized Practice of Law, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-22

Unauthorized Practice of Law, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-22, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThe Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office recently charged an elderly art dealer with Theft By Deception, Forgery, and Unauthorized Practice Of Law. Last December, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a victim who hired the defendant to represent him in an estate settlement. Indeed, the victim claimed that he paid $15,500.00 in legal and professional fees for the estate work. Later, however, he learned of the defendant’s disbarment. Additionally, the investigation revealed the New Jersey Supreme Court had disbarred the defendant from the practice of law in 1998. The investigation further revealed that the defendant had deposited the monies from the victim into his personal bank account and used them for his own purposes. The defendant also forged the victim’s signature on multiple checks amounting to $21,500.00 for a total loss of $37,000.00. Read More

Failure to Report Accident, N.J.S.A. 39:4-130

Failure to Report Accident, N.J.S.A. 39:4-130, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerRecently a car and a a New Jersey Transit bus collided in Newark, per the news. In addition to seeking the driver, the authorities reported injuries to three people. The crash occurred when the No. 39 bus from Irvington was on Bergen Street crossing over Nye Avenue. Like dominoes, the collision caused the bus to hit a light pole, which caused the pole to fall on the sidewalk. A Newark Public Safety Officer told reporters that the car’s driver did not remain on the scene. Two of the three injured people were passengers on the bus, per the cops. Read More

False Contract Payment Claims, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-34

False Contract Payment Claims, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-34, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThe New Jersey Attorney General recently announced the guilty plea of an Ocean County contractor. Apparently, the contractor admitted to purposely not paying prevailing wages on a government contract valued over $75,000. Consequently, the Toms River contractor pleaded guilty to second-degree false contract payment claims in Camden County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend a three year sentence in state prison. The defendant, however, must pay a total of up to $200,407 in restitution to his workers. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD), Division of Wage and Hour Compliance referred the case to the Division of Criminal Justice. NJLWD initially investigated the violations of the Prevailing Wage Act. Read More


Swatting (False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities), N.J.S.A. 2c:28-4

Swatting, False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, N.J.S.A. 2c:28-4, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerI blogged once before about Fictitious Police Report, when news outlets had reported a phony 911 call after a stop over a flat tire. I am blogging about it now because police recently charged a Trenton man with swatting for 17 alleged phony emergency calls. In particular, they claim he placed two in Florence and 15 in Hamilton. Additionally, authorities allege this spanned more than 12 months. For example, they claim it began in December 2017, and it has ended with his arrest in February 2019. Indeed, the cops claim this individual placed a bogus call about an attempted burglary in January 2019. But police arrived to discover a vacant building and no suspicious evidence. Another call that same day for the same address about a fire yielded the same result. Read More


Escape, N.J.S.A. 2c:29-5

Escape, N.J.S.A. 2c:29-5, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyer, Cumberland County Superior CourtRecently a teenager pleaded guilty for escaping with three other juvenile detainees from a facility in 2017. Indeed, the four adolescents overpowered an Atlantic County juvenile detention center corrections officer. Additionally, they injured the officer and stole his keys, per the news. Furthermore, they fled in his vehicle, sideswiped another vehicle, crashed into a residence, and fled on foot. Moreover, while on the run, they burglarized two homes. Consequently, this youth pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of first-degree attempted murder, burglary and escape. Accordingly, he will serve a total of 16 years, 11 of which are subject to parole ineligibility, per the news. Read More

Aggravated Assault on Bus Driver, N.J.S.A. 2c:12-1

Aggravated Assault on Bus Driver, N.J.S.A. 2c:12-1, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyer, Elizabeth Free Public LibraryIn a classic whodonit, cops in Elizabeth, NJ, found a pregnant on-duty bus driver with bumps, cuts and bruises. Indeed, the woman went to Trinitas Regional Medical Center for treatment. Additionally, the cops allege she had been robbed of her cell phone. But the alleged assailant had fled the scene. Furthermore, news reports do not reveal how the investigators from Elizabeth and NJ Transit identified this man as the suspect. Thus, another mystery relates to how the cops solved the mystery. Nevertheless, they charged this Union Township resident with robbery, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault on bus driver, per the news. Read More


DWI Sobriety Checkpoint in New Jersey

DWI Sobriety Checkpoint, Search and Seizure, New Jersey, Alcotest, Walk and Turn Test, One-Leg Stand Test, Nystagmus Test Procedures, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Vertical Gaze Nystagmus, standardized field sobriety tests, Driving While Intoxicated, DWI, Driving Under the Influence, DUI, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerRecently Cedar Grove cops set up a DWI sobriety checkpoint in Essex County, New Jersey. During a six hour period, 1,450 vehicles passed through the area, per the news. But the cops did not arrest one driver for driving while intoxicated. I have to tell you, this warms the very cockels of my heart. This is especially heartwarming because officers conducted field sobriety tests on seven drivers who “exhibited signs of intoxication.” But they did not arrest anyone for DWI. And it’s as if Police Chief Joseph Cirasa read my mind. He claims this was a resounding success! With no arrests to show, he claims the goal was to deter. Read More