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  • Self-Defense, Murder, or Manslaughter? A Brief Guide to NJ Law

    Mar 5, 2019

    Murder Self-Defense: An Overview New Jersey law says that “the use of force upon or toward another person is justifiable when the actor reasonably believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself against the unlawful force by such other person on the present occasion.” Simply put, if you feel that you are in harm’s way and believe someone is going to administer severe bodily harm to you, you possess ...
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  • Nurse From Middle Township Charged With Prescription Fraud, Released From Police Custody, And Sought After Again On New Prescription Fraud Charges

    Feb 21, 2019

    On November 5, 2018, police officers of the Wildwood Police Department Uniform Patrol Division arrested a 31-year-old nurse named Jessica Mattera from Middle Township, New Jersey after she attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Wildwood, New Jersey. After arresting her on that date, the Wildwood Police Department released Mattera from police custody while, at the same time, continuing to conduct a follow-up investigation into her past criminal actions. Upo...
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  • Pennsylvania Man Charged With First-Degree Attempted Murder After Stabbing In North Cape May

    Feb 7, 2019

    On November 29, 2018, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Department Chief William Mastriana announced, in a joint press release, that 57-year-old Joseph T. Schroeder of Bristol, Pennsylvania had been arrested the previous day in connection to a stabbing that occurred in North Cape May, NJ. As a result of being implicated in the stabbing, Schroeder, the accused, has been charged with five indictable offenses, the most serious of whic...
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  • Charges for Hate Crimes on the Rise in New Jersey

    Jan 21, 2019

    Newly-released data from the FBI showed that the number of reported Bias Intimidation in Gloucester Township, NJ The section of the New Jersey Criminal Code that deals with hate crimes is Bias intimidation, if successfully pleaded and argued by a prosecutor, can lead to the underlying crime on which the bias intimidation charges were based carrying higher levels of possible punishment and imprisonment. Additionally, if an individual is convicted of bias intimidation, th...
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  • New Jersey Police Officer Cleared in Shooting Death

    Jan 14, 2019

    A New Jersey police officer who had been on administrative leave following an on-duty shooting has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a grand jury investigation. The officer was Sgt. Kevin Clements, a 19-year veteran of the Deptford Police Force. He shot and killed a 36-year-old woman named LaShonda Anderson following a Being Charged with Murder in Deptford, NJ Sgt. Clements’ situation was different than most However, in situations involving civilians, grand jurie...
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  • Rutgers Football Player Arrested For Alleged Murder Conspiracy in NJ

    Dec 20, 2018

    Izaia Bullock, a junior linebacker at Rutgers University, was arrested and charged in late October 2018 for his alleged connection to a Events Leading To Mr. Bullock’s Arrest Mr. Bullock, a 22-year-old from Piscataway, NJ, was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department after an unnamed person came forward to police with a recording of Mr. Bullock describing the murder plan and attempting to recruit the unnamed person to be his getaway driver an...
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  • NJ Middle School Teacher Arrested And Accused of Sex Crimes Involving A Student

    Dec 18, 2018

    On October 27, 2018, Stephanie Carafa, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, NJ, was arrested following an investigation conducted by the Lodi police department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office of inappropriate activity occurring at a local high school. Police initiated this investigation after allegations were made that Prosecutor’s Theory Of The Case According to the details of the record in Ms. Carafa’s pretrial criminal proceedings, the prosecutor, Kristin DeMarco, intend...
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  • Hoboken Man Accused of Falsely Reporting Robbery of His Employer’s Messenger Bike

    Nov 29, 2018

    Hoboken Man Accused of Falsely Reporting Robbery of His Employer’s Messenger Bike Anyone who is thinking about stealing their boss’ messenger bike might want to think again. The Hoboken Police Department recently arrested a purported victim of a robbery just eight days after receiving a report of an assault and robbery of an expensive messenger bike. After reviewing video footage which revealed that the supposed victim was actually the last person to have possession o...
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  • 4 Men Charged in Death of Dad at Youth Football Practice in Millville, NJ

    Nov 27, 2018

    Authorities have charged four people with Homicide, Conspiracy to Commit Homicide, Hindering Apprehension, Obstruction, and False Reporting in connection with an August 9th shooting death of a parent at a youth football practice in Millville, New Jersey. Criminal Defense Attorney Jill R. Cohen keeps a keen eye on the kinds of police and prosecutorial mistakes that can ultimately serve as the basis for the criminal defense of accused individuals in cases like this. Joseph L...
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  • Atlantic Highlands Resident Busted for Child Porn

    Oct 25, 2018

    Recently, a resident of Atlantic Highlands who was serving on the borough’s environmental commission was caught possessing and distributing child pornography online. Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography A 60-year-old resident of the Atlantic Highlands was just taken into police custody when it was discovered his was both in possession of and distributing Prior to these recent allegations, he was working as an alternate member of the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission. He was no...
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