Falsifying or tampering with records, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-4

This week a former Piscataway policeman plead guilty to falsifying or tampering with records and simple assault, per the news. Originally the officer was charged with tampering with public records, falsifying and tampering with records, and assault. Indeed, the video demonstrates that while on duty, the 22-year law enforcement veteran hit a suspect in a police car. Subsequently, the officer allegedly filed false records with inaccurate information. Accordingly, prosecutors claimed the officer intended to hide the altercation. Consequently, the officer accepted a plea deal in exchange for a term of probation. Furthermore, he must forfeit his Read More

Lesser Included Offenses under New Jersey Law

Lesser Included OffensesIn an unpublished opinion, the Superior Court, Appellate Division of New Jersey reversed a jury’s guilty verdict for a defendant charged with third-degree terroristic threats, second-degree burglary, and fourth degree stalking. State v. Jose Ortiz. The panel held the judge violated the doctrine of Lesser Included Offenses by failing to charge simple assault at trial.

The news story appeared on nj dot com. This post will summarize the legal doctrine the panel applied to this case. Read more

Simple Assault contrary to N.J.S.A. 2c:12-1a

Loser says, “What?”

A Hopatcong police officer stands charged with Simple Assault following an investigation by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. Initially, an individual reported to the Hopatcong police department on November 17, according to nj dot com. He had intended to turn himself in to the authorities on a warrant, according to the news. Additionally, he had intended to record a prank.
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