Being charged with a crime is can be a very scary experience. Depending on the charges, an individual charged with a crime faces the possibility of years in prison and large monetary fines. Due to the magnitude of these potential penalties, it is important that anyone facing criminal charges enlist the aid of a qualified defense attorney. A good criminal defense is the only difference that exists between defendants that go to jail and defendants that go free.
A violent crime can carry serious penalties. Whether it is an assault charge, murder charge or weapons charges, people who are convicted of a violent crime can be sentenced to many years in prison.
Crimes can often be committed by people who were close to their victims. A former Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, police officer entered a plea of not guilty in response to his arraignment for murder charges in a Hackensack courtroom recently. He also faces weapons charges for criminal possession and is accused of hindering apprehension.
Sometimes a simple traffic stop can lead to more serious criminal charges if the individuals are involved in an alleged illegal act, but police have to have probable cause to search vehicle. If a search of the vehicle yields evidence of illegal activity, then police officers can make arrests unrelated to the initial cause of the stop, as shown in a recent Little Ferry case. But, again, the question of probable cause should always be asked.
Landlords regularly share two-family dwellings with tenants, and disputes are fairly common in such settings. A variety of situations involving the agreement between a landlord and tenant could potentially lead to an altercation, and a landlord facing a criminal charge involving a tenant should understand all of the available strategies for a criminal defense.
A Hackensack man and his mother were recently arrested after police executed a search warrant at their Passaic Street home on Aug. 7. The search resulted in drug charges and weapon charges against the 20-year-old man and a child endangerment charge against his 42-year-old mother.