In January 2003, two people, Minitee and Bland robbed a spa in Fort Lee, New Jersey. When the officers arrived at the scene, individuals in the area pointed out a red SUV blocked by traffic at a light and indicated that the occupants were armed and had just robbed the spa. Mr. Bland, holding a gun, jumped from the SUV and ran from the scene (considering he is now a defendant, it should be clear—he got caught).
Criminal Law Blog
The other day, after we published my blog post about the New Jersey Supreme Court’s “Animal House” decision, I received some emails about police searches in general. So, in response, I thought the below primer may be helpful to understand what the police can and cannot do to you, your car, and your home. I should note that search and seizure issues are among the most fact-sensitive aspects of a criminal case.
In State of New Jersey v. Derek J. Kaltner, the Supreme Court held that a trial court correctly suppressed (“threw out”) drug evidence found in a bedroom during a warrantless search of a residence by police officers who were responding to noise complaints.
On February 29, 2012, in State v. Wessells, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued, what I would consider, a landmark decision. It held that a nine-day break in custody was insufficient to protect the rights of a suspect who had previously invoked his right to counsel.
On February 27, 2012, in State v. Harris (A-103-10), the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered a decision that may act to further limit those circumstances in which a criminal defendant chooses to testify.
We have all heard the news stories—“Director of Hoboken Parking Utility Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct”; “Former Denville police officer pleads guilty to misconduct”; “The half-brother of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack has pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct”; and “Former Dover police dispatcher pleads guilty to official misconduct.” But, I bet you don’t know the serious consequences that accompany New Jersey’s Official Misconduct statute.
Demetrius Diaz-Bridges is accused of killing his friends’ mother, Elizabeth O’Brien, in 2008. Although the matter has not proceeded to trial, there has been pre-trial litigation for over 2 years surrounding a taped confession Diaz-Bridges gave to members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office (my former place of employment).
This Einhorn Harris blog is written by criminal and municipal defense attorneys with backgrounds as a former Deputy Attorney General and a former Assistant Prosecutor. It will cover all types of crimes from White Collar crime, DWI, computer crimes to help you understand what you need to know if you get in trouble with the law.