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We’ve sometimes got trouble, right here in Holmdel township, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for the PNC Bank Art Center. This popular music venue in Holmdel has provided a venue for musical acts from symphonies to Sinatra to Springsteen to Phish to Sting over the years – but the festival environment has also spawned more than a little bit of trouble in the form of dozens of drug arrests, underage drinking, DUI arrests, fights, shootings.

If you’re a music fan who gets into trouble with a capital T, the first person you should talk to is Holmdel criminal defense attorney Tara Breslow-Testa. She is experienced with a capital E and can reduce possible sentences, fines and future consequences for anyone arrested around the PNC Bank Center.

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Monmouth County Assault Defense Lawyer Tara Breslow-Testa Knows the Different Degrees of Assault. Speak to Tara Before Speaking to Anyone.

SIMPLE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

The differences between simple and aggravated assault are both subtle and significant – but those differences can mean the difference between liberty and a lifetime of trouble: years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Monmouth County Assault Defense Attorney Tara Breslow-Testa understands the subtleties and significances. Anyone accused of assault – simple or aggravated: second, third or fourth degree – should consult with Tara before speaking to anyone else – including law enforcement. Contact the law offices of Tara Breslow-Testa at  (732) 784-2880.

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mallMonmouth Mall is one of the most popular spots in Eatontown, not just for shoppers but for shoplifters. Jersey Outlets in Tinton Falls is an outdoor outlet that attracts shoppers from all over New Jersey, and many are arrested for shoplifting each year.  Unfortunately for those who give in to the temptation of a “five-finger discount,” the mall and outlet do not have much forgiveness when it comes to prosecuting those who steal goods while pretending to be a customer.

If you have recently been arrested for shoplifting at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown or Jersey Gardens Outlet in Tinton Falls, there are several things you should know.

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In the past, when a person was arrested, they were often released “on bail” while awaiting trial or other required appearances before the court. This allowed the defendant to retain their freedom until they were acquitted, a jury declared them guilty of a crime, or they entered into a plea bargain agreement with the State.

Bail usually took the form of money paid to the court or property (such as land) pledged to secure the defendant’s appearance at later proceedings. If the defendant did not appear, the bail money (or property) was forfeited; additionally, the defendant could be charged with the separate crime of failure to appear in court.

Although this basic system was followed in New Jersey for many years, the state legislature passed bail reform legislation in 2014 that significantly changed the existing bail system.

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drug bomb

An addiction to a controlled substance is like a ticking bomb in many ways. Without an effective intervention, there will eventually be an explosive consequence for the user’s health, freedom, or both. Often, this consequence comes in the form of an arrest for a drug crime.

Fortunately for people facing such charges, there are some programs that can help defuse the addiction and put the accused on a path toward a brighter future.

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Teenage-Boy-Buying-Drugs-On-Th-71783635-300x225A group of law enforcement agencies dubbed “Operation Justice Served”, consisting of many federal, state, county, and local officials, arrested 42 individuals over the last month for their involvement in a drug trafficking network.

Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced that the arrests were connected to a distribution network operating out of Freehold, New Jersey. The charges include possession and distribution of a number of different controlled substances including: heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pain medications classified as opiates, such as Oxycodone and Percocet.

“The joint efforts of these multiple law enforcement agencies involved in OPERATION JUSTICE SERVED have accomplished the mission of taking down this local drug trafficking network responsible for bringing drugs into the county and threatening quality of life and the safety of residents.” Gramiccioni said.

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Car_20Accident_202-300x199Monmouth County judge sentenced a former Long Branch resident to jail for fatally hitting and killing a Monmouth County University student while under the influence of drugs.

Joseph Stovall, 48, was sentenced Friday, November 4th for accident that occurred on September 11th, 2013. Stovall, under the influence of Xanax, crashed into two cars that were parked because of an earlier fender bender on Jolin Avenue in Long Branch. Victoria Tropper, 21, and Thomas Triano, 49, of Cherry Hill, NJ were the two drivers involved in the earlier fender bender. While exchanging information, Stovall swerved, crashing into Tropper and her car, killing the senior psychology student on impact. Triano, whom was lucky to survive, walked away with several cuts. Stovall pled guilty on June 24th vehicular homicide and assault by while being under the influence of a non-prescribed Xanax. The Schedule IV controlled substance contributed to Stovall’s sentencing.

Under the Controlled Substance Act, a controlled substance is defined as a drug that is illegal for sale or a drug used for medical purposes regulated by Federal and State law for distribution. Any controlled substance used for medical purposes must be obtained by a doctor’s prescription. The statute classifies all controlled substances into five “Schedules” with the most dangerous and addictive drugs falling under the 1st schedule. In the state of NJ driving under the influence of an illegally obtained schedule IV controlled substance is punishable by a heavy fine and/or jail time.

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long-branch-pd-300x177-300x177A jury in Monmouth County Superior Court recently indicted a 25-year-old Sea Bright man who is accused of stabbing a retired police officer outside of a Long Branch bar. The defendant is facing several serious criminal charges, including first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, and various weapons offenses.

The aforementioned case began at approximately 11:45 p.m. on April 9th at the Arena Bar in Long Branch. The defendant, 25-year-old Sea Bright resident Michael Carter, was allegedly involved in an altercation before being removed from the bar by security personnel, as well as Joseph Walker, a retired member of the Long Branch Police Department, and one of Walker’s friends.

After the incident inside the bar, Walker was stabbed 4 times in the face and stomach and his friend was stabbed once in the back. Fortunately, both received medical treatment and are currently recovering. Carter and another man, 26-year-old Eatontown resident Emmanuel Bylander, reportedly attempted to flee but were arrested shortly therafter.

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credit-card-theft-300x157-300x157Authorities recently arrested three Holmdel residents who are accused of stealing thousands of dollars by fraudulently using a man’s credit cards and bank accounts.

According to a news release from the Holmdel Police Department, a man contacted them on June 11 after experiencing issues with his Bank of America credit card and checking account. Upon investigation, officials discovered that there was approximately $29,000 unaccounted for among both accounts.

Officers from the Holmdel Police Department proceeded to work with members of the Bank of America Fraud unit over the next two months to identify potential suspects. They reviewed security photos from the bank, which showed several incidents involving check deposits and the use of the man’s ATM card.

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https://www.monmouthcountycriminaldefenselawyer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/409/2017/01/wall-twp.-pd-300x225-300x225.jpgAuthorities from the Wall Township Police Department recently charged a man with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and drug possession after a motor vehicle stop. The man is now facing additional charges for aggravated assault, among other offenses, as police say he attempted to stab an officer with a pen while being processed at police headquarters.

The motor vehicle stop in question was conducted just after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, at which time a Wall Township Patrolman stopped a driver near the northbound Garden State Parkway exit ramp on Highway 138. The driver, 28-year-old Staten Island resident Vincent Russo, was charged with DWI shortly thereafter.

When police conducted a search of Russo’s vehicle, they reportedly discovered marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax, after which Russo was also charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and unlawful possession of prescription drugs (he did not have a valid prescription).