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N.J. Police Officer Found ‘Not Guilty’ on 14 Counts of Misconduct Following DUI Arrest of State Assemblyman
What is the latest news regarding allegations of police misconduct in New Jersey?

In a ‘not guilty’ verdict of a staggering 14 charges of police misconduct, a Washington Township police officer has avoided certain termination and possible jail time in a case sparked by the DUI arrest of a state assemblyman. From a New Jersey criminal defense standpoint, this result highlights the importance of enlisting competent and experienced trial counsel from the outset – particularly when facing multiple charges or serious felony allegations. 

Details of high-profile misconduct trial

Following a trial spanning nearly one month – and punctuated by a ten-hour jury deliberation – the accused Washington Township officer was found not guilty of three counts of records tampering, three counts of falsifying records, three counts of false swearing, and five counts of official misconduct. 

The indictments came following a 2012 DUI arrest of Washington Township assemblyman Paul Moriarty – who has steadfastly maintained that the officer was specifically targeting him, did not follow procedure in the vehicle stop and had no actual reason to pull him over in the first place. The DUI charges against Moriarty were eventually dismissed with prejudice. However, during the misconduct trial, significant evidence was presented to suggest the officer had proper reasonable suspicion to pull the vehicle over, including testimony from another officer that she witnessed the assemblyman drunk at a local restaurant. 

Criminal procedure defense

Some of the main issues in the trial centered on whether the officer engaged in proper criminal procedure protocol at the outset of the incident, including

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N.J. Police Officer Found ‘Not Guilty’ on 14 Counts of Misconduct Following DUI Arrest of State Assemblyman
What is the latest news regarding allegations of police misconduct in New Jersey?

In a ‘not guilty’ verdict of a staggering 14 charges of police misconduct, a Washington Township police officer has avoided certain termination and possible jail time in a case sparked by the DUI arrest of a state assemblyman. From a New Jersey criminal defense standpoint, this result highlights the importance of enlisting competent and experienced trial counsel from the outset – particularly when facing multiple charges or serious felony allegations. 

Details of high-profile misconduct trial

Following a trial spanning nearly one month – and punctuated by a ten-hour jury deliberation – the accused Washington Township officer was found not guilty of three counts of records tampering, three counts of falsifying records, three counts of false swearing, and five counts of official misconduct. 

The indictments came following

- See more at: http://sitzlerlaw.com/lawyer/2015/07/30/Criminal-Defense/N.J.-Police-Officer-Found-%E2%80%98Not-Guilty%E2%80%99-on-14-Counts-of-Misconduct-Following-DUI-Arrest-of-State-Assemblyman_bl20546.htm#sthash.M3bbg9FI.dpuf
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New Jersey Jury Convicts Man Following Harrowing Shooting on PATH Train
What is ‘aggravated assault’ under New Jersey law? 

In June, 2015, a jury sitting in Hudson County Superior Court convicted a 36-year old man of two counts of aggravated assault – as well as several other lesser offenses – following a frightening incident onboard a PATH train idling in the Jersey City New Port station on August 25, 2013. The defendant, who shot two passengers as well as himself, could face up to 40 years in prison under New Jersey’s sentencing guidelines, which take into account the
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New Jersey State Police Ordered to Release Video Allegedly Depicting Assault
What happens if an alleged criminal perpetrator is subjected to unfair treatment by police in New Jersey? 


We are all aware of the old adage confirming all are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sadly, however, criminal suspects are commonly subjected to punishment and brutality to a degree completely incongruent with the alleged crime – and the problem seems to be escalating across the United States. 

In New Jersey, police are not exempt from the rule that criminal suspects are to be treated fairly and safely for the duration of their arrest, holding, and incarceration period. In the event a police officer commits assaultive conduct against a suspect, the officer can – and should – be held to the same criminal standards as all other members of the civilian population, provided the maneuver in not considered self-defensive or in response to threats of force by a suspect. 

In one recent case involving both civil and criminal components, a New Jersey State police officer was
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New Jersey State Police Ordered to Release Video Allegedly Depicting Assault
What happens if an alleged criminal perpetrator is subjected to unfair treatment by police in New Jersey? 


We are all aware of the old adage confirming all are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sadly, however, criminal suspects are commonly subjected to punishment and brutality to a degree completely incongruent with the alleged crime – and the problem seems to be escalating across the United States. 

In New Jersey, police are not exempt from the rule that criminal suspects are to be treated fairly and safely for the duration of their arrest, holding, and incarceration period. In the event a police officer commits assaultive conduct against a suspect, the officer can – and should – be held to the same criminal standards as all other members of the civilian population, provided the maneuver in not considered self-defensive or in response to threats of force by a suspect. 

In one recent case involving both civil and criminal components, a New Jersey State police officer was indicted on
- See more at: http://sitzlerlaw.com/lawyer/2015/06/30/Criminal-Defense/New-Jersey-State-Police-Ordered-to-Release-Video-Allegedly-Depicting-Assault_bl19841.htm#sthash.Hw7HRxdv.dpuf
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South Jersey Woman Charged With Promoting Fake Concert
What are the charges if you sell tickets to a fake event?

A south Jersey woman is accused of selling fake concert tickets to more than 200 people.  The concert was supposed be headlined by Sheryl Crow.  Tickets were being sold for $65.00 a piece.  Medford Township Police and Lumberton Township Police got involved to coordinate public safety for the event.  When they contacted the venue, the Flying W Airport in Medford, they discovered inconsistencies that led them to the discovery that Sheryl Crow was not actually booked for the event.  The concert promoter was arrested and charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.  

Investigators claim that the concert promoter, 42 year old Kelly Bryan of Burlington Township, confessed to selling tickets to the concert knowing that Sheryl Crow would not be performing.  Medford Police Chief Richard Meder “It started out as a legitimate event but Sheryl Crow was just never part of this event, even though it was being advertised that she was the headliner.”  

The Flying W Airport released a statement denying any involvement with the promotion of the concert.  They deny selling any

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Violence Erupts at Mother’s Day Event in Newark
What charges will the suspect probably face?

Every Mother’s Day, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts get together to celebrate the warm weather and the beginning of the riding season at an event called “The Blessing of the Bikes.” This year, as the event was drawing to a close, gunshots rang out injuring three people and killing 15 year old Al-Shakeen Woodson.  

It is not clear whether the Newark Knights Motorcycle Club, who organized the event, had obtained the proper permits to hold the celebration.  It is also unclear who the intended target of the shooting was, although it is unlikely that it was 15-year-old Woodson as “He never got in trouble,” his father said, “He just came over here to watch the bikes.”

While the mayor’s office blamed the size of the event, others indicated that

- See more at: http://sitzlerlaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/29/Criminal-Defense/Violence-Erupts-at-Mother%E2%80%99s-Day-Event-in-Newark_bl19294.htm#sthash.3T9GopSM.dpuf
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New Jersey Teacher Charged With Multiple Crimes Following Consensual Relationship With 18-Year-Old Student
Do New Jersey sex crimes laws apply to teacher-student relationships when the student is 18 years old or older? 

New Jersey’s sex crime laws are purposely designed in a multi-faceted manner to address the variety of situations in which perpetrators and victims may find themselves. In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all criminal charge for sexual misconduct, and the facts of the situation will become highly relevant in determining an appropriate charge given the unique scenario at hand. 

Take, for instance, a recent incident at New Jersey's Mendham High School in Morris County. According to the preliminary details, a 32-year-old English teacher was charged with three counts of sexual misconduct amid allegations she engaged in sexual intercourse with a student in 2013. However, unlike many other teacher-student scandals to grace the New Jersey news media, this one is different in one important aspect: the student was an adult. 

Indisputably, the facts surrounding the clandestine relationship support the notion that at no time during the alleged relations was either party a minor. Sounds like a total win for the defendant, right? Maybe not. 

Under New Jersey law, sexual misconduct crimes can encompass more than just the age of the parties, and often take into account the nature of the relationship both before and during the encounter. One major issue, prosecutors contend, is the implied authority of a teacher over a student, thereby making any personal and/or sexual relationship categorically improper.

Naturally, criminal law attorneys for the defendant contend that the relationship may have been

- See more at: http://sitzlerlaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/11/Criminal-Defense/New-Jersey-Teacher-Charged-With-Multiple-Crimes-Following-Consensual-Relationship-With-18-Year-Old-Student-_bl19002.htm#sthash.pBBmF6D1.dpuf
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New Jersey Man Denied Right to Own Gun 15 Years after Domestic Violence Charge
I have a domestic violence charge (but no conviction) on my criminal history report. How does this affect my right to own firearms? 

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bestows upon us all the right to keep and bear arms. Keep in mind, however, this right is subject to a laundry list of exceptions – some of which are considerably more restrictive and archaic than others. 

One of the most common hindrances to firearm ownership – in New Jersey and elsewhere – is the existence of a criminal background, especially if the offense involved violence or misuse of a weapon. However, New Jersey courts are apparently working to eliminate any distinction between an actual conviction and a mere criminal charge. As you well know, being charged with a crime requires nothing more than probable cause, whereas a conviction is only possible if a judge and jury conclude, as a matter of fact and law, the defendant did commit the underlying offenses.

Nonetheless, an appellate court upheld the denial of an application to purchase a firearm, citing a domestic violence charge of which the applicant was acquitted in 1998. Without much explanation, the denial cited a “public safety concern,” and the applicant quickly appealed the decision.

Gun rights in New Jersey

Firearm ownership laws in Burlington County and throughout the state have always been

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Woman Facing Gun Charges Pardoned By Governor Christie
How strict are New Jersey gun laws?

A Philadelphia woman was driving down the shore to celebrate her young son's birthday when she was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper in Hamilton Township for a lane change. She told the officer that she had a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets in her purse. She had purchased and legally registered the gun in Pennsylvania because she worked odd hours and had been robbed twice. Still, she was arrested and charged with illegally bringing a concealed weapon into New Jersey; she faced up to five years in prison.

New Jersey gun laws are among the strictest in the nation. Even if this woman's gun had been registered in New Jersey, it is required to be transported unloaded and locked in the vehicle's trunk. But, the gun was not registered in New Jersey, and at first, prosecutors wanted to make an example out of this case to deter others from bringing guns registered elsewhere into the state.

Eventually, the woman was allowed to enter a pretrial intervention program that required her to give up her gun and complete 25

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