Category Archives: Violent Crimes

Disorderly conduct charges ruled baseless in Union County case

A state appellate court overturned the convictions of three out of four defendants who were arrested at a vigil in Union County and charged with various disorderly conduct offenses. State v. Theodore, No. A-2909-10T3 (N.J. App. Div. Jun. 20, 2013). … Continue reading

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Appeals court reverses unlawful weapons conviction in Essex County case based on incorrect jury instructions

The New Jersey Appellate Division reversed a conviction for fourth degree weapons charges in a recent Essex County case, State v. Sales, because the trial judge failed to explain to the jury that self defense was an available defense. Because … Continue reading

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Weapons and assault charges filed against man who pointed handgun at Belmar police officers

After allegedly pointing a handgun at four Belmar police officers, a New Jersey man was shot in the foot by one of the officers and arrested on aggravated assault and weapons charges. The incident occurred when the officers responded to … Continue reading

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Union County simple assault defense lawyer

A principal in Plainfield’s public school district recently filed charges against an assistant superintendent for simple assault in Union County, New Jersey. The complaint alleges that the superintendent forcefully grabbed the principal’s neck during a meeting after the principal answered … Continue reading

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Self defense vs. imperfect self defense in New Jersey

In New Jersey, a defendant may assert the justification of self defense (or defense of another) if the defendant honestly and reasonably believed that the use of defensive force was necessary. N.J.S.A. 2C:3-4. However, New Jersey does not recognize the … Continue reading

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The meaning of disorderly conduct & the First Amendment

In Union County, New Jersey, disorderly conduct is a petty disorderly persons offense that results when a person purposely disrupts the public peace by using offensive language or engaging in improper conduct. If a person receives a charge or criminal … Continue reading

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Aggravated assault: serious bodily injury

The legal definition of aggravated assault is an assault that is coupled with aggravating circumstances, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the infliction of serious bodily injury, or injury to a police officer, among other things, and depending … Continue reading

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From simple assault to aggravated assault

A 35 year old New Jersey man was recently charged with aggravated assault. The man was inside of a building filled with smoke when he was found by police officers. The man struggled with the officers, and spit in one … Continue reading

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Upgraded charges for resisting arrest

A recent news article involved a 17 year old boy who swore at police officers and resisted arrest. The case provides a good example of situations where resisting arrest, which is usually a disorderly persons offense, can be upgraded to … Continue reading

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When a judge obstructs the law

The offense commonly referred to as interference with police is actually an umbrella term for a number of different crimes and offenses that involve interfering with police activity, including resisting arrest, eluding police, impersonating an officer, and obstructing the administration … Continue reading

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