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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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red-bank-768x254-300x99Red Bank is a vibrant cultural center nestled along the Navesink River in Monmouth County, New Jersey. With close proximity to Jersey Shore beaches and access to New York City, it is a highly desirable place to live, work, and raise a family. The Borough of Red Bank spans just over 2 square miles. Within its bounds, visitors and residents can find a host of retail stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, parks, art galleries, and several theaters. Considering all that Red Bank has to offer, it is easy to understand why over 12,000 people call Red Bank home, and thousands more visit and patronize its downtown center. With so many people in such a condensed area, Red Bank is also highly patrolled by officers from the Red Bank Police Department, who issue criminal charges and motor vehicle summonses for alleged offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Traffic Offenses in Red Bank

When you are charged with a traffic or criminal offense within the jurisdiction of Red Bank, it is essential to determine the venue in which your case will be adjudicated. For instance, all motor vehicle violations committed in Red Bank are heard at Red Bank Municipal Court. This includes charges for driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Traffic offenses may entail penalties ranging from fines, to a period of driver’s license suspension, and even a jail sentence.

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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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megans-law-300x169-300x169The tragic rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka sparked outrage among New Jersey residents and prompted legislative action among New Jersey lawmakers. Megan’s killer was a convicted sex offender who lived in her neighborhood, unbeknownst to her parents. The circumstances of the case compelled New Jersey legislators to pass Megan’s Law on October 31, 1994. This landmark legislation, also referred to as the New Jersey Sex Offenders Act, requires those convicted of certain sex crimes to register with the state, provide certain personal information, and undergo long-term parole supervision. However, if the individual meets specific criteria, he or she can apply for removal from Megan’s Law after 15 years. Attorney Tara Breslow has successfully filed motions and argued for removal from Megan’s Law on behalf of countless clients across the state of New Jersey. Contact her today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation. You can also read on to learn more about New Jersey’s Megan’s Law removal policy.

Are You Eligible for Removal from Megan’s Law?

There are several circumstances under which you may be allowed to file a motion for Megan’s Law removal in New Jersey. First and foremost, you must not have been convicted of any of the sex crimes considered most serious under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Specifically, those convicted of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault involving physical force or coercion, or those convicted of more than one sexual offense, are ineligible for Megan’s Law removal.

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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).

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toms-river-sexual-assault-blog-300x201-300x201A Lakewood man pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a 9-year-old girl in Ocean County Superior Court recently.

The defendant in this case, 27-year-old Lakewood resident Agustin Salvidar-Delvalle, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault before Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney on Wednesday, July 20th.

The charges arose out of a coordinated investigation among members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, the Lakewood Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators believed that Salvidar-Delvalle sexually assault the 9-year-old girl during two separate incidents between August and December of 2015.

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underage-drinking-300x168-300x168After police received two reports of burglary and suspicious behavior at a Holmdel Township residence, they discovered a large party in progress and arrested 27 individuals. Those arrested included adults and juveniles, many of whom are facing charges including underage drinking and providing alcohol to minors.

According to Holmdel Police Sergeant Vincent Imperato, authorities received the initial burglary report on Wednesday, June 29th. They arrived on the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m. to find a vacant home with evidence indicating that a large party may have occurred recently. Investigators reportedly discovered empty alcohol containers, garbage, missing items, and damage to the property.

The following night, Holmdel police responded to another call reporting suspicious persons. This time, when they arrived at the property at approximately 1:30 a.m., they found a large party in progress. Ultimately, police arrested 27 individuals, including 21 adults and 6 juveniles, all of whom were under the legal age to consume alcohol.

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marijuana-and-prescription-drugs-300x189-300x189Officials from the Holmdel Police Department recently arrested two men who are now facing charges for numerous drug crimes after a search at a local residence revealed marijuana, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

According to a statement released by the Holmdel Police Department, police executed a search warrant at a residence located on Dogwood Court in Holmdel on June 3rd. During the search, investigators seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and prescription drugs, at which time they arrested Jonathan Diaz and Tyrone Spann.

Diaz is now facing charges for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of prescription drugs, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the Monmouth County jail in lieu of bail set at $50,000.

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police-car-generic-300x225Summertime at the Jersey Shore conjures images of sun and sand, parties and events–the moments that memories are made of. Every year, the summer months mean scores of visitors descending upon beach towns to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the many activities that the Jersey Shore offers. However, this time of year also entails a very different reality, as the increase in population brings an associated increase in crime, arrests, and law enforcement activities.

Consider this: the 22 coastal towns in New Jersey are home to approximately 440,000 residents. In the midst of summer, the population at the Jersey Shore can swell to over 900,000. With this dramatic increase in population, there is also an increase in crime, the majority of which involves relatively low-level criminal offenses and municipal ordinance violations, according to Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

As parties and people grow, arrests involving drugs, alcohol, and theft rise as well. In order to adequately patrol and enforce the law in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties, police departments in these areas hire seasonal officers to accommodate the ramp-up in law enforcement activities. Generally, this results in frequent arrests for drug crimes such as marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia; alcohol-related crimes such as disorderly conduct, underage drinking, and DWI; and minor theft crimes such as petty theft and shoplifting.