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Father of Peewee Football Player Charged with Assault in Westwood, New Jersey

Posted in Assault Offenses

Assault Charges in Westwood NJA Closter NJ man has been charged with assault after he reportedly attacked a teen during a youth football game in Westwood, New Jersey.

The violent incident allegedly happened at Ketler Field on the Westwood Middle School campus in Westwood, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 50-year-old man who lives in Closter in Bergen County, NJ. He allegedly got angry when his son was changed from the quarterback position in the middle of a flag football game.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy, is a volunteer coach for a team in the peewee football league. When he called for the suspect’s son to be taken out of the game, the suspect reportedly became so enraged that he put the underage coach in a chokehold.

Prosecutors later opted to file criminal charges against the suspect for simple assault and disorderly conduct.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Family Banned for Life from Football League After Dad’s Alleged Attack on Teen Coach.”

Wallington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Child Pornography Possession

Posted in Sex Crimes

Sex Crime Attorney in Wallington NJA Wallington, New Jersey man recently pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography possession.

The suspect, a 66-year-old Wallington resident, was charged with the sex offense earlier this year after federal authorities investigated him. Members of the Newark division of Homeland Security Investigations reportedly discovered evidence that the suspect purchased online sex shows from people in the Philippines.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with receiving child pornography. Now the suspect has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the charges. He recently made an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ and formally entered his guilty plea.

Afterwards, the suspect posted a $125,000 bond and secured his release from prison. He will remain free until he returns to federal court in 2018 and is sentenced. At that time, he could face up to 20 years behind bars in a federal penitentiary. Additionally, the suspect will probably be required to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law.

For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Man Admits Paying for Live Child Pornography Shows.”

Newark Man Accused of Stealing Fort Lee Real Estate Clients’ Money

Posted in Fraud Offenses

Fort Lee Fraud SuspectA Newark man has been charged with very serious crimes in Fort Lee, NJ for allegedly stealing $345,000 from clients of a real estate company.

The suspect is a 41-year-old resident of Newark, NJ. He reportedly owns and operates Live Realty, a realty company located in Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey. According to Bergen County authorities, the suspect kept $345,000 in down payments made by his clients and then used the funds for his own personal expenses.

Five clients of the suspect’s real estate business contacted Fort Lee police to file complaints against the suspect for allegedly stealing their money.

The Fort Lee Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit then worked together on a joint investigation into the alleged theft and fraud crimes. Investigators eventually determined that the suspect should be arrested and criminally charged. According to prosecutors, the suspect deposited the victims’ money into his own personal bank accounts rather than using the money to make authorized real estate purchases.

The suspect faces numerous criminal charges, including charges for failure to make lawful disposition of property received, theft by deception, and misconduct by a corporate official.

For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Real Estate Agent Arrested for Keeping Down Payments.”

Father, Son Charged with Abuse of Older Relative in Bergenfield, NJ

Posted in Assault Offenses

Burglary Lawyers in Bergenfield NJPolice officers in Bergenfield, New Jersey recently arrested two men – a father and his son – on charges of burglary and elder abuse.

The suspects are a 61-year-old Bergenfield, NJ man and a 28-year-old Bergenfield, NJ man. The older suspect is reportedly the father of the younger suspect.

According to Bergenfield authorities, the suspects broke into a house located on Willow Street in Bergenfield, NJ. Law enforcement received a 911 call about the burglary and dispatched officers to the scene.

Police talked to the homeowner, who said that she returned home to see that her rear window had been smashed. Detectives found a blood trail starting at the shattered window and followed it to the backyard of the residence located next door.

Police reportedly found the two suspects inside the other house. Police also allegedly discovered jewelry and cash stolen from the victim’s home.

Detectives with the Bergenfield Police Department investigated further and reportedly learned that the suspects had abused an 84-year-old relative. According to officials, the suspects withheld “necessities” from the victim.

The suspects are charged with numerous crimes: burglary, theft of movable property, hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice, criminal mischief, and elder abuse.

After being arrested and processed, the suspects were remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.

For further information about this case, view the New Milford Patch article, “Bergen Father and Son Burglarized Neighbor’s House, Abused Grandmother: Police.”

Employee with Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Could Face Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Posted in Traffic Violations

DWI Lawyer in Bergen County NJA Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office worker may be subject to vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly causing a fatal car crash in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The suspect is the maintenance superintendent with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Hackensack, NJ. According to law enforcement officials, he was operating a pick-up truck owned by Bergen County when he struck a pedestrian.

The fatal motor vehicle accident happened during the afternoon, around lunchtime, in the area of the Hackensack Liquor Store. The victim was reportedly leaving the liquor store and trying to walk through the parking lot when the suspect crashed into him. Officials indicated that the suspect made a left turn into the store parking lot and hit the pedestrian.

The accident victim required urgent medical attention. Tragically, doctors could not save his life.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hackensack Police Department worked together on the investigation into the fatal accident. However, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is now handling the investigation because authorities want to avoid any potential conflicts.

The manslaughter case has gotten media coverage for the police decision to not test the suspect for intoxication. A Bergen County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson initially said that testing for alcohol and drugs is standard procedure in fatal accidents, but the NJ State Police later stated that no such requirement exists.

Given that the suspect was not tested for intoxication, police did not charge him with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). However, the suspect could still face criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter.

For further information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article, “Prosecutor’s Office Employee Who Struck and Killed Hackensack Resident Identified.”

Drug Possession Cases Dropped Due to Possible Illegal Search by Hackensack Cops

Posted in Drug Crimes

Hackensack NJ Marijuana LawyerBergen County prosecutors recently made the decision to dismiss charges in several drug offense cases due to allegations that Hackensack police conducted illegal searches and seizures.

The controversy revolves around seven officers with the Hackensack Police Department. The Hackensack NJ cops were slapped with suspensions after investigators determined that they illegally searched a suspect’s property in at least one case involving drug possession.

All but one of the suspects worked on the Hackensack Police Department Narcotics Unit, which meant that they often handled investigations and arrests in drug possession and drug distribution cases.

On December 28, 2016, the Hackensack NJ police officers were sent to an apartment on Prospect Avenue after authorities got a report of “narcotics activity.” The officers then allegedly searched the residence without either permission from the resident or probable cause for entering the apartment.

As a result of the allegations against the police officers, 17 defendants in criminal cases in Bergen County have now seen their drug crime charges dropped by prosecutors. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office stated that prosecutors would no longer pursue the charges because the officers who seized evidence in the cases were not credible.

To learn more, view the NorthJersey.com article, “Prosecutor Drops Charges Against 17; Cases Handled by Suspended Hackensack Cops.”

Suspect in Englewood NJ Double Homicide Found Not Guilty

Posted in Homicide

Englewood NJ Homicide LawyerThe defendant in an Englewood, New Jersey double homicide case was recently found not guilty after trial in Bergen County Superior Court.

The suspect is a 38-year-old man from Bergen County. He has been held in a county jail in Hackensack since January 2013 on criminal charges that he killed a woman and the five-year-old daughter they shared.

The two victims were found in their apartment on West Palisades Avenue in Englewood, NJ. The adult victim was stabbed 11 times and the child was suffocated with a bag. One day after the victims’ bodies were discovered, police arrested the suspect.

Investigators believed that the suspect committed the homicides. Family members of the adult victim said that the suspect previously committed acts of domestic violence against the victim.

The suspect faced numerous criminal charges, including charges for first degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and hindering apprehension.

The suspect received multiple plea deals from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, but he turned down the offers and maintained his innocence.

During the homicide trial, the jury saw a police interrogation video that showed the suspect telling police officers that he was innocent dozens of times.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours and ultimately found the defendant not guilty on all charges.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Shock Verdict as Jury Takes 2 Hours to Acquit Man in Murder of Woman, Daughter.”

Authorities Investigate Fatal Accident in Hackensack School Parking Lot

Posted in Traffic Violations

Traffic Ticket Attorney in HackensackLaw enforcement is investigating after a custodian at a high school in Hackensack, NJ died in an auto accident in the school’s parking lot.

The tragic accident happened around 3:40 a.m. in the parking lot of Hackensack High School, which is located near East 18th Street and 4th Avenue in Hackensack, NJ.

According to officials, the victim was either the driver or the passenger in a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria that skidded off the road and crashed into at least five motor vehicles parked in the parking lot.

The 32-year-old victim, who worked as a custodian at the high school, sustained catastrophic injuries in the car accident and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person inside the vehicle was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. He managed to survive his accident-related injuries.

Hackensack detectives are investigating the fatal car crash. It is unclear which of the two injured victims was driving the vehicle.

Depending on the outcome of the official police investigation, it is possible that traffic citations or even criminal charges could be filed in the case.

To learn more, view the NJ.com article, “School Custodian Killed in Crash Involving Several Parked Vehicles, Report Says.”

Lodi Bank Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty

Posted in Theft Offenses

Bank Robbery Charges in Lodi NJA man who was accused of robbing a bank in Bergen County, NJ is probably headed to state prison after he accepted a plea deal from prosecutors.

The suspect is a 40-year-old resident of New York. According to authorities, the suspect used a BB gun when robbing the Hudson City Savings Bank located in Lodi, NJ. He reportedly entered the bank, put the BB gun on the desk of a bank worker, and instructed her to give him cash. Police officers captured the suspect not long after he fled the Lodi bank.

Investigators looked into the bank robbery and soon connected the suspect to another bank robbery in Toms River, New Jersey.

Prosecutors charged the suspect with several crimes, including multiple counts of armed robbery. The suspect was also charged with criminal weapons offenses for illegal possession of a BB gun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Before the case reached the trial stage in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ, the suspect reached a plea agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to the armed robbery charges, prosecutors agreed to recommend that he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The suspect has been held in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River while awaiting resolution of his case.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Successful Businessman Who Robbed 2 Banks in N.J. Takes 10-Year Plea Deal.”

Prosecutors Delay Case Involving Hackensack Cops Who Allegedly Conducted Illegal Search

Posted in Drug Crimes

Drug Possession Attorney in HackensackThe Hackensack cops accused of conducting an illegal search and seizure in a drug case could soon face criminal charges.

Seven officers with the Hackensack Police Department are already charged with multiple criminal offenses, including mishandling evidence and falsifying reports. The charges are related to an incident in which the cops allegedly entered a Hackensack NJ apartment despite lacking probable cause and not having a valid search warrant. The search reportedly led to the discovery of illegal drugs and the arrest of an apartment resident for drug possession.

If the police suspects are ultimately convicted, they could receive jail time. Moreover, it is possible that the suspects would be terminated from their jobs with the Hackensack Police Department.

It is important to note that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office recently recommended that the cases be temporarily halted. That’s because the suspects were suspended by the Hackensack Police Department, a move that could compromise the criminal case against them.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Allegations Against 7 Cops Put Criminal Cases on Hold, Report Says.”