Category Archives: Crimes

Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network

Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network

If you are charged with being a Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network in New Jersey, you are likely in for the fight of your life.  In fact, you probably aren’t the one reading this because your bail may be incredibly high.  If convicted, you are looking at life in prison.  In other words, you need to bring everything you can against this charge to make sure that the rest of your life is not spent behind bars.  A conviction of this crime does not merge with any other crime.  That is, your sentences cannot be run together.  That makes this charge even more serious.

The State must prove that the defendant has conspired with two or more other persons in a scheme or course of conduct to unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into or transport in this State a controlled dangerous substance.  Thus, while the words trafficking network are in the offense itself, the network only has to be three people.  However, those charged with these offenses are usually included in an indictment with much more than two people.

If you or a loved one has been charged with being a Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network in any court in New Jersey, call us at 1-855-9-JEFLAW to discuss how we can fight the charges.

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Morris County Insurance Fraud Lawyers

Morris County Insurance Fraud Lawyers

In New Jersey, insurance fraud is very serious business.  At first glance, it may seem like a harmless crime or it may seem as not that big of a deal given that there is no violence involved.  However, insurance companies are very powerful in New Jersey and as a result, anything having to do with insurance is treated seriously.  For example, driving without insurance is more serious than driving while intoxicated.  Likewise, insurance fraud is more serious than selling heroin or breaking into someone’s house. Defendants facing charges of insurance fraud in Morris County are usually more upper scale than your average defendant.  As a result, a conviction will devastate their lives whereas your average crack dealer may see a prison sentence as the cost of doing business.

Our team to tough, smart lawyers know how to fight back against fraud charges in Morris County.  If we are called before charges are filed, we can help you avoid any charges in the first place.  If you have already been arrested, we will develop a tough strategy to win your case.  Our aggressive attorneys stop at nothing to get you the results that you want.  Call us today to discuss your case.

Interference with Transportation, 2C:33-14

Interference with Transportation,  2C:33-14

A person is guilty of interference with transportation if the person purposely or knowingly:

 (1) casts, shoots or throws anything at, against or into any vehicle, railroad car, trolley car, subway car, ferry, airplane, or other facility of transportation; or

 (2) casts, shoots, throws or otherwise places any stick, stone, object or other substance upon any street railway track, trolley track or railroad track; or

 (3) endangers or obstructs the safe operation of motor vehicles by casting, shooting, throwing or otherwise placing any stick, stone, object or other substance upon any highway or roadway; or

 (4) unlawfully climbs into or upon any railroad car, either in motion or standing on the track of any railroad company in this State; or

 (5) unlawfully disrupts, delays or prevents the operation of any train, bus, jitney, trolley, subway, airplane or any other facility of transportation.  The term “unlawfully disrupts, delays or prevents the operation of” does not include non-violent conduct growing out of a labor dispute as defined in N.J.S.2A:15-58; or

 (6) endangers or obstructs the safe operation of motor vehicles by using a traffic control preemption device to interfere with or impair the operation of a traffic control signal as defined in R.S.39:1-1.

 As used in this subsection, “traffic control preemption device” means an infrared transmitter or other device which transmits an infrared beam, radio wave or other signal designed to change, alter, or disrupt in any manner the normal operation of a traffic control signal.

 b. Interference with transportation is a disorderly persons offense.

 c. Interference with transportation is a crime of the fourth degree if the person purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or causes pecuniary loss in excess of $500 but less than $2000.

 d. Interference with transportation is a crime of the third degree if the person purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes significant bodily injury to another person or causes pecuniary loss of $2000 or more, or if the person purposely or knowingly creates a risk of significant bodily injury to another person.

 e. Interference with transportation is a crime of the second degree if the person purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another person.

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Sale of cigarettes to persons under age 19, 2C:33-13.1

Sale of cigarettes to persons under age 19, 2C:33-13.1 
 a.  A person who sells or gives to a person under 19 years of age any cigarettes made of tobacco or of any other matter or substance which can be smoked, or any cigarette paper or tobacco in any form, including smokeless tobacco, including an employee of a retail dealer licensee under P.L.1948, c.65 (C.54:40A-1 et seq.) who actually sells or otherwise provides a tobacco product to a person under 19 years of age, shall be punished by a fine as provided for a petty disorderly persons offense.  A person who has been previously punished under this section and who commits another offense under it may be punishable by a fine of twice that provided for a petty disorderly persons offense.

 b. The establishment of all of the following shall constitute a defense to any prosecution brought pursuant to subsection a. of this section:

 (1) that the purchaser or recipient of the tobacco product falsely represented, by producing either a driver’s license or non-driver identification card issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a similar card issued pursuant to the laws of another state or the federal government of Canada, or a photographic identification card issued by a county clerk, that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to purchase or receive the tobacco product;

 (2) that the appearance of the purchaser or recipient of the tobacco product was such that an ordinary prudent person would believe the purchaser or recipient to be of legal age to purchase or receive the tobacco product; and

 (3) that the sale or distribution of the tobacco product was made in good faith, relying upon the production of the identification set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection, the appearance of the purchaser or recipient, and in the reasonable belief that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to purchase or receive the tobacco product.

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Smoking in Public, 2C:33-13

Smoking in Public, 2C:33-13
 a.  Any person who smokes or carries lighted tobacco in or upon any bus or other public conveyance, except group charter buses, specially marked railroad smoking cars, limousines or livery services, and, when the driver is the only person in the vehicle, autocabs, is a petty disorderly person.  For the purposes of this section, “bus” includes school buses and other vehicles owned or contracted for by the governing body, board or individual of a nonpublic school, a public or private college, university, or professional training school, or a board of education of a school district, that are used to transport students to and from school and school-related activities; and the prohibition on smoking or carrying lighted tobacco shall apply even if students are not present in the vehicle.

 b. Any person who smokes or carries lighted tobacco in any public place, including but not limited to places of public accommodation, where such smoking is prohibited by municipal ordinance under authority of R.S.40:48-1 and 40:48-2 or by the owner or person responsible for the operation of the public place, and when adequate notice of such prohibition has been conspicuously posted, is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense. Notwithstanding the provisions of 2C:43-3, the maximum fine which can be imposed for violation of this section is $200.

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Maintaining a nuisance, 2C:33-12

Maintaining a nuisance, 2C:33-12
    A person is guilty of maintaining a nuisance when:

    a.  By conduct either unlawful in itself or unreasonable under all the circumstances, he knowingly or recklessly creates or maintains a condition which endangers the safety or health of a considerable number of persons;

    b.  He knowingly conducts or maintains any premises, place or resort where persons gather for purposes of engaging in unlawful conduct;  or

    c.  He knowingly conducts or maintains any premises, place or resort as a house of prostitution or as a place where obscene material, as defined in N.J.S. 2C:34-2 and N.J.S. 2C:34-3, is sold, photographed, manufactured, exhibited or otherwise prepared or shown, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:34-2, N.J.S. 2C:34-3, and N.J.S. 2C:34-4.

    A person is guilty of a disorderly persons offense if the person is convicted under subsection a. or b. of this section.  A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if the person is convicted under subsection c. of this section.

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Defacement of private property, graffiti, 2C:33-11

Defacement of private property, graffiti, 2C:33-11
 A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if he purposely defaces or damages, without authorization of the owner or tenant, any private premises or property primarily used for religious, educational, residential, memorial, charitable, or cemetery purposes, or for assembly by persons for purpose of exercising any right guaranteed by law or by the Constitution of this State or of the United States by placing thereon a symbol, an object, a characterization, an appellation, or graffiti that exposes another to threat of violence.

 A person convicted of an offense under this section that involves an act of graffiti may, in addition to any other penalty imposed by the court, be required either to pay to the owner of the damaged property monetary restitution in the amount of pecuniary damage caused by the act of graffiti or to perform community service, which shall include removing the graffiti from the property, if appropriate.  If community service is ordered, it shall be for either not less than 20 days or not less than the number of days necessary to remove the graffiti from the property.

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Harassment, 2C:33-4

Harassment, 2C:33-4
 Except as provided in subsection e., a person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:

 a. Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;

 b. Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or

 c. Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.

 A communication under subsection a. may be deemed to have been made either at the place where it originated or at the place where it was received.
 e. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if, in committing an offense under this section, he was serving a term of imprisonment or was on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States.

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False public alarms, 2C:33-3

False public alarms, 2C:33-3  

 2C:33-3.  False Public Alarms. a. Except as provided in subsection b. or c. of this section, a person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he initiates or circulates a report or warning of an impending fire, explosion, bombing, crime, catastrophe or emergency knowing that the report or warning is false or baseless and that it is likely to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transport, or to cause public inconvenience or alarm.  A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he knowingly causes such false alarm to be transmitted to or within any organization, official or volunteer, for dealing with emergencies involving danger to life or property.
 b. A person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if in addition to the report or warning initiated, circulated or transmitted under subsection a. of this section, he places or causes to be placed any false or facsimile bomb in a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transport or in a place likely to cause public inconvenience or alarm. A violation of this subsection is a crime of the first degree if it occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency.

 c. A person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if a violation of subsection a. of this section in fact results in serious bodily injury to another person or occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency.  A person is guilty of a crime of the first degree if a violation of subsection a. of this section in fact results in death.

 d. For the purposes of this section, “in fact” means that strict liability is imposed. It shall not be a defense that the death or serious bodily injury was not a foreseeable consequence of the person’s acts or that the death or serious bodily injury was caused by the actions of another person or by circumstances beyond the control of the actor.  The actor shall be strictly liable upon proof that the crime occurred during a declared period of national, State or county emergency.  It shall not be a defense that the actor did not know that there was a declared period of emergency at the time the crime occurred.

 e. A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if the person knowingly places a call to a 9-1-1 emergency telephone system without purpose of reporting the need for 9-1-1 service.

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Loitering to obtain or distribute CDS, 2C:33-2.1

Loitering to obtain or distribute CDS, 2C:33-2.1
 
  b.     A person, whether on foot or in a motor vehicle, commits a disorderly persons offense if (1) he wanders, remains or prowls in a public place with the purpose of unlawfully obtaining or distributing a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog; and (2) engages in conduct that, under the circumstances, manifests a purpose to obtain or distribute a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog. 

  c.     Conduct that may, where warranted under the circumstances, be deemed adequate to manifest a purpose to obtain or distribute a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog includes, but is not limited to, conduct such as the following: 

  (1)    Repeatedly beckoning to or stopping pedestrians or motorists in a public place; 

  (2)    Repeatedly passing objects to or receiving objects from pedestrians or motorists in a public place; 

  (3)    Repeatedly circling in a public place in a motor vehicle and on one or more occasions passing any object to or receiving any object from a person in a public place. 

  d.     The element of the offense described in paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section may not be established solely by proof that the actor engaged in the conduct that is used to satisfy the element described in paragraph (2) of subsection b. of this section.

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