2013 Criminal Results

2013 – Juvenile Superior Court: Client, age 17, was pulled over for having a headlight out. When the Officer approached the vehicle, there was a strong odor of marijuana present. A search of the car found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The Client admitted that it belonged to him. He was charged with 2C:35-10(a)(4) Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and 2C:36-2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also issued motor vehicle summons 39:3-66 Maintenance of Lamps and 39:4-49.1 Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

Result: Client was granted a 12 month deferred disposition on 2C:35-10(1)(4) Possession. All other charges were dismissed. If Client successfully completes all the conditions of the final Order then a Not Guilty finding will be entered on the remaining charges and client will have no conviction.

2013 – Superior Court: The Client, a successful manager of a retail store, changed the number of pills she was supposed to receive on an Oxycontin prescription. Client was arrested after a pharmacist called the prescribing doctor to seek clarification and discovered the forgery. The Client was charged with 2C:21-1A(1) Forgery, 2C:21-1A(3) Uttering a Forged Instrument, 2C:35-13 Obtaining CDS by Fraud, and 2C:5-1 Criminal Attempt – Obtain CDS by Fraud and was facing up to five (5) years in State Prison on a 3rd degree indictable offense.

Result: Attorney had Client apply for and gain acceptance to the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. Upon successful completion, all criminal charges against the Client will be dismissed.

2013 : Superior Court – Client had a fight with his girlfriend who sought a domestic violence restraining order. She told the police the client was manufacturing illegal steroids in his apartment and selling them through the mail to buyers around the country. She went back to the apartment with the police where they found a large quantity of steroids consisting of hundreds of vials, along with the associated supplies for manufacturing, processing, storing and distributing the steroids. Client was charged with 2C:35-4 Maintaining a Drug Production Facility (a 1st Degree Crime with a penalty of up to 30 years in State Prison), 2C:12-1A Simple Assault, 2C:12-3B Terroristic Threats (a 3rd Degree Crime with a penalty of up to 5 years in State Prison), 2C:35-10A(1) Possession of CDS Anabolic Steroids (a 3rd Degree Crime), 2C:35-05A(1) Manufacture and Distribution of CDS Anabolic Steroids (a 3rd Degree Crime), 2C:35-7 Distribution of CDS Anabolic Steroids within a School Zone (a 3rd Degree Crime with mandatory prison time). Client was facing over 40 years in State Prison.

Result: Attorney was able to establish to Prosecutor and Court that client was addicted to drugs and was manufacturing the steroids to fund his own drug habit. He was able to negotiate a plea to a 3rd Degree Possession of Steroids and a sentence of time served at the time of sentencing.

All other charges were to be dismissed. Upon entry of the plea the Attorney filed a Motion for Change of Custody which was granted by the Court and client was immediately transferred to New Hope to enter a drug rehabilitation program. He eventually completed the program successfully and received the time served sentence along with 2 years probation.

2013 – Municipal Court: Client was pulled over while driving because a brake light was out.

The client had recently been arrested for possession and told the Officer this. The Officer asked him if he had any illegal substances in the vehicle, and the Client admitted to having a pipe and marijuana. He was charged with 2C:35-10(a)(1) Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and 2C:36-1 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia along with a motor vehicle charge of CDS in a motor vehicle under 39:4-49.1 which carries with it a mandatory 2 year license suspension.

Result: The Client was granted a Conditional Discharge. If the Client does not get arrested or have any drug related violations for the one year period the charge will be dismissed. Client also has to attend 20 drug counseling sessions during the proscribed period. The motor vehicle charge of Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle and the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia were dismissed. Client had to pay $833 in fines and court fees.

2013 : Superior Court: Client with extensive criminal record (in excess of 20 felony convictions) was on probation for a previous felony. While on probation the client was arrested on indictable charges consisting of 7 counts of Fraud and 7 counts of Unlawful Taking. Client was charged with a Violation of Probation (“VOP”). Client was facing 5 years in State Prison.

Result: Attorney negotiated a plea to the Violation of Probation, but, persuaded the Court to continue the probation with no incarceration.

2013 : Municipal Court: Client was a young man who had too much to drink and punched his friend in the face. The friend was knocked out and lost a tooth. The police responded and charge client with 2C:12-1(a) Simple Assault, a Disorderly Persons Offense with penalty of up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.

Result: The charge of 2C:12-1(a) was amended to a borough ordinance (which is not a criminal conviction) and client pled guilty. Client had to pay $250 in court fees and $2,500 in civil restitution to the individual.

2013: Superior Court: Client involved in domestic dispute with Wife resulting in an arrest warrant being issued. His vehicle was stopped by police who in a search incident to arrest found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, Steroids, syringes, and a Colt Cobra Revolver. Client was charged under 2C:12-1A Simple Assault, 2C:39-5B Illegal Possession of a Handgun without having a carry permit obtained in accordance with 2C:58-4 (a 2nd Degree Crime punishable by 5-10 years in State Prison), 2C:39-5B Possession of CDS Anabolic Steroids Sustanon and Test-Cypionate (a 3rd Degree Crime punishable by up to 5 years in State Prison), and 2C:58-3.3B Acquiring Handgun Ammunition without a valid Firearm’s Purchaser Identification Card (a 4th Degree Crime). Client was facing in excess of 15 years in State Prison.

Result: Attorney negotiated a plea to one count of Possession of CDS Steroids (3rd Degree) and a Simple Assault (Disorderly Persons Offense) and client was sentenced to 2 years probation with No Jail. All other charges including the handgun which carries mandatory prison time were dismissed.

2013 – Superior Court: Client was indicted on multiple counts of 2C:28-7A(2) Tampering with Public Records, a 3rd for obtaining a NJ Driver’s License by supplying fraudulent information. Client was facing up to 5 years State Prison.

Result: Client applied for and was accepted into Pre-Trial Intervention without a plea of guilt. Client completed a one year probationary term and all charges were dismissed.

2013 : Municipal Court: Client was denied entry to a bar and got upset. Other individuals got involved, the situation escalated, and the police tried to break it up. Client ended up in a physical altercation with the police officer. Client was charged with 2C:33-2A(2) Disorderly Conduct; 2C:29-2A(1) Resisting Arrest; 2C:29-1A Obstructing Administration of Law; and 2C:12-1B(5)(a) Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer.

Result: Attorney negotiated a plea in which all charges would be dismissed upon client’s completion of 3 anger management classes.

2013: Municipal Court: Client was under 21 and used a fake identification to get into a bar to Degree Crime and 2C:21-4 Falsifying Public Records, a 4th drink. He was charged with a Disorderly Persons Offense of 2C:33:1-81(c).

Result: Attorney obtained a reduction of the charge down to a Municipal Ordinance so the client did not have a criminal conviction. Fine was $56 plus $33 costs.

2013 : Municipal Court: Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over under suspicions of an intoxicated driver. During a conversation with the police officer who arrived at the scene, the Client admitted to having marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him. He was charged with 2C:35-10(a)(4) Possession of marijuana under 50 grams and 2C:36-2 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Result: The Client was accepted in to a Conditional Discharge Program for the 2C:35-10(a)(4), and the court dismissed 2C:36-2. The Client received one year probation with the charges to be dismissed upon successful completion and was fined $800.

2013 : Superior Court: Client was arrested for Trespass and did not cooperate when police officers arrived at the scene. Client at the time was under the influence of alcohol. Client was charged with 2C:12-1B Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, 2C:33-2 Disorderly Conduct; and 2C:18-3b Defiant Trespass and was facing a State Prison sentence.

Result: The Attorney presented proof that the client was receiving treatment for an anxiety issue and alcoholism and was demonstrating a commitment to his sobriety and mental health. The charge of 2C:12-1B Aggravated Assault was amended to 2C:12-1A Simple Assault which is not a felony. The other charges were dismissed. Client was sentenced to 1 year probation with random urine and Breathalyzer monitoring by the Probation Department. He paid $163 in fines and court fees.

2013 : Superior Court: Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over. While the vehicle was pulled over the Officer smelled marijuana and through a plain view search found a marijuana cigar. The Client was later charged with 2C:35-10(a)(4) Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams. The Client and driver were both placed under arrest and the Officer found $797 on the Client. After they were arrested a full search of the vehicle took place and an additional $5,000 was found in the trunk. The money was seized by the Police and a Forfeiture action was filed for the $5,797. The police claimed that a canine indicated that the money was contaminated with CDS and that the money was the result of an illegal criminal enterprise. The Client claimed that the money was for the purpose of buying a friend a vehicle.

Result: Attorney obtained a dismissal of the marijuana charge under 2C:35-10(a)(4) on the grounds the marijuana belonged to the other person in the vehicle. The attorney negotiated a settlement with the County Prosecutor’s Office on the forfeiture where the county would keep $1,500 for the County Prosectuor’s Law Enforcement Trust Account and the Client would receive the balance of $4,297.

*While all of these results were actually obtained by Wolf Law in the Municipal Courts and Superior Courts of the State of New Jersey, the success in these cases does not guarantee a similar success in any future case. Clients names have been removed to protect their privacy. Due to the delay in posting these cases to this web site some cases may actually have taken place in the year before their posting date as it appears above.