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Clifton Woman Charged In Death Of Jersey City Man
Date: February 27, 2015

The Hudson County Sheriff’s announced on Thursday that a Clifton woman has been charged for killing a Jersey City man in an accident that happened in West New York. According to Hudson County Sheriff Frank XSchillari, 33-year-old Ana Feliciano was driving under the influence of alcohol and driving at high rate of speed when her motor vehicle collided with 27-year-old Fernando Tlatelpa’s 2002 Acura on 6th of December. She was driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent and was driving at a speed of 57 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to him. She turned herself into… Read More

Most-Wanted Man Captured In New Jersey This Week
Date: February 12, 2015

In the past week, individuals living in and around New Jersey were charged with, sentenced for or indicted in relation with a wide variety of offenses. Many of the alleged crimes were particularly heinous that were committed by these offenders. In one incident, the parents of an 11-week-old Deptford boy were taken into custody in relation with injuries suffered by the infant. Authorities were contacted by the hospital after the baby was transferred there with fractures to his ribs and legs. Another parent was charged for assisting her offspring cover up an alleged killing. The Camden woman accepted that she… Read More

New Jersey Teacher Accused In Drunk Driving Crash Due In Court
Date: January 29, 2015

WABC told that a North Jersey teacher charged with DUI for an accident that critically injured a Bergen County police officer is due in court. Michael Ettz, who is a Lodi High School math teacher, was offered a plea deal in the month of November for the accident that happened in the month of April on Route 46 due to which officer Daniel Breslin was hospitalized for nearly 4 months. Breslin was stopped on the shoulder of Route 46 westbound helping another officer when Ettz crashed into the back of the officer’s patrol car, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s… Read More

New Jersey Man Linked To 13-Year-Old Jewelry Heist In South Brunswick
Date: January 15, 2015

According to the police, a Jersey City’s man fingerprints have connected him to a South Brunswick jewelry robbery which was done almost 13 years back. 32-year-old John Hyson was taken into custody on early Friday during a vehicle stop in Camden County. Police told that Hyson’s fingerprints matched prints lifted inside a house on Liberty Drive in South Brunswick, the scene of a robbery that happened in August 2002. 3 gold and diamond necklaces, one gold-and-diamond ring and one gold-and-black ring were stolen from a second-floor bedroom. The items had a worth of more than $5,500 dollars. Sgt. Gene Rickle,… Read More

Strip Club In New Jersey Robbed Of $30,000
Date: January 2, 2015

A New Jersey gentleman’s club was robbed by two armed men on 21 December, around 4:45. The Satin Dolls establishment in Lodi, New Jersey, that served as the fictional Bada Bing strip club on HBO’s “The Sopranos”, that features topless women, is owned and run by Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his consigliore Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt). According to the police reports, two robbers with shotguns knocked over the club and then fled the scene. They are still at large. According to New Jersey law, establishments that sell alcohol are prohibited from engaging in activities such as topless or… Read More

New Jersey Looking To Stiffen DUI Penalties
Date: December 17, 2014

This holiday season, New Jersey drivers who consume alcohol before driving a motor vehicle can get an unwanted gift from the state. Under the legislation that was approved on 26th of June in the Assembly by a 46-15 vote, first-time DUI offenders could be ordered to install locks on their ignition systems that need a Breathalyzer-type test before their motor vehicle’s engine will start. Interlocking devices are currently used by individuals convicted of DUI many times and have to face harsher penalties. First-time DUI offenders in New Jersey face a license suspension of 3 to 12 months under current law,… Read More

Drunken Driving Crackdown Starts Dec. 5 In Hackettstown
Date: December 1, 2014

HACKETTSTOWN – Police will be cracking down on drivers who will be driving under the influence of alcohol as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign which will begin from 5th of December that coincides with the holiday season. From 2nd of January, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for divers on the roads who may be driving under the influence of an intoxicant. The main purpose of national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is to increase awareness among the people about the dangers of drinking alcohol… Read More

New Jersey Driver Faces DUI Charges After Hitting Pedestrian
Date: November 25, 2014

According to the police, 33-year-old Marcos Ortega is facing driving under the influence charges after he struck a pedestrian and then continued driving for more than a mile with him hanging out of his windshield. 61-year-old Kenneth Moeller was hit by Ortega as he was driving his motor vehicle north on Route 9 in Ocean Township on Monday evening, according to a report by Philly.com. Instead of stopping the motor vehicle to check if Moeller was alright, he carried him with his motor vehicle more than a mile and a half. He was finally pulled over by a patrol officer… Read More

No Seat Belt Can Be A Crime Under Recent New Jersey Supreme Court Decision
Date: November 10, 2014

Mostly, drivers think that the maximum penalty they will face for failure to wear a seat belt is a $20 traffic ticket but under a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision, a person can have to face criminal charges and a prison term under specific circumstances for failing to wear a seat belt. The Supreme Court said that an infraction of the state’s seat-belt law, a $20 ticket can be used as one of the elements in a criminal law that can expose a person to serve prison for up to 10 years. The law will make it a crime… Read More

Not Wearing A Seat Belt Is A Crime, NJ Supreme Court Rules In ‘Huffing’ Crash Case
Date: October 27, 2014

Attorney James Abate comments on news item in www.NJ.com about a case involving the death of a teenage girl in a car crash. Image Source: www.NJ.com We first reported on this case in the September 21, 2014 post on our facebook page facebook.com/jabatlaw. This case is an example of what an overzealous prosecutor can do under the guise of a sympathetic fact pattern. The prosecutors will try to use this horrible set of facts to impose criminal liability against all drivers for injuries arising from death or injury when a seat-belt is not used. The facts are that the defendant and her… Read More