What Should I Do if I Am Arrested in Mercer County NJ?

What Should I Do if I Am ArrestedMost would agree that being arrested for a crime can be a very frightening and confusing experience. According to data from the state’s Unified Crime System there were 46,365 adult driving under the influence arrests recorded last year in Pennsylvania. It is safe to believe that none of those people planned to be taken into custody.

Knowing your rights can give you some sense of comfort. Whether you are arrested for theft, traffic violations, weapons charges, drug charges, domestic violence, assault or property crimes, being taken into custody anywhere Mercer County or Bucks County is a serious situation.

Whether you are under arrest or only detained in connection with the investigation of a crime, the officer will usually inform you of the reason for your arrest or detention; however, sometimes officers do not. In addition they may not tell you that you have a right to speak to an attorney and that anything you say to the officer can and will be used against you in any future court proceedings. It is recommended that you contact a skilled and experienced Bucks County or Mercer County attorney immediately.

In certain situations, police have a right to approach and question you. When you are approached by a law enforcement officer, you should consider yourself under arrest when you are no longer free to walk away from him or her. It is not necessary that the officer tell you that you are under arrest for you to be under arrest, nor is an arrest warrant needed to arrest you.

When the police have you in custody, they often want to question you concerning your involvement in the crime that they are investigating. It is critical to remember that you do not have to answer any questions. If you choose to answer the officer’s questions, you have remember that anything you tell the police officer will be put in their report and that your statement may be used against you if you are charged with the crime. Do not be afraid to tell the police that you want to speak to your attorney before answering any questions. Even if you are not guilty and want to fully cooperate so that you will be cleared of all charges, you will be better off contacting an attorney first and letting him or her do the talking for you. Having someone who knows the law can assure that you are not hurt by what could be a confusing and intimidating situation.

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After you tell the police that you would like to speak to your attorney, they should give you an opportunity to call your attorney. If you are not in a financial position to retain counsel on your own, you have a right to have an attorney appointed to represent you.  If this is the case you should tell the officer that you cannot afford an attorney and that you want an attorney appointed before you speak to him. However, only the Court can appoint you an attorney and courts only meet during business hours Monday through Friday.

Once you have requested an attorney the officer should not ask you any other questions, nor should you make any statements to the officer until your attorney has arrived.

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You have a constitutional right to represent yourself in court, although there are few circumstances where this becomes a advisable or opportunistic option. The large majority of Judges and lawyers, if accused of a crime, will even hire other lawyers to defend them. Should you decide to answers questions, whether with or without an attorney, always tell the truth. Lying can get you in more trouble. Also, do not try to bargain with the police.  If the police promise to take it easy on you if you cooperate and answer their questions remember that the police do not have the authority to make deals; only the district attorney has that authority. If you want to understand your options, insist that a district attorney be present as negotiating with anyone else will simply not be an honest negotiation. Again, your attorney should be the one to negotiate on your behalf, even with the DA, and if you are offered a deal, the deal should be submitted to you in writing.

Remember, you are entitled to your rights as designed under the US Constitution at all times. Pressure and confusion can make it difficult to explain yourself, and lack of knowledge of these rights can cause problems in your case that did not necessarily need to arise if you had waiting to review with counsel. Call your attorney before doing anything else, even before you calling a bail bondsman. An attorney can aid you in answering the officer’s questions and can also help you get out of jail if necessary.

Contact the Trenton NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers At KCR For Assistance

You need good legal representation if you’ve been arrested for a criminal offense in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.  Your best chance of avoiding serious criminal penalties is to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you and fight your criminal charges.

The compassionate criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking with you about your case and guiding you through this difficult process. We want to hear your story so we can understand where you’re coming from and what you need us to do for you. Call us today at (609) 528-2596 in New Jersey or (215) 337-4915 in Pennsylvania or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

Bensalem PA Man Allegedly Posed as Utility Worker, Stole Cash and Jewelry from Evesham Home

A Bensalem PA man was arrested after allegedly posing as a utility worker and stealing cash and jewelry from a residence in Evesham, Pennsylvania.

Police said that the suspect gained access to the victim’s home on North Locust Avenue by pretending to be a utility worker. He reportedly told the homeowner that the house was having water problems and that the problems needed to be investigated immediately.

After entering the house, the suspect allegedly stole more than $500 in cash, as well as several items of jewelry.

According to authorities, the 31-year-old suspect committed the theft in November 2012. He was only recently identified as a suspect in the case because it investigators were using “advanced technology and investigative skills.” The investigators eventually placed the suspect at the scene of the theft.

The suspect was tracked down at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington, Delaware, where he is currently serving a prison term.

The suspect now faces charges in Pennsylvania for third degree burglary and third degree theft.

According to police, the suspect has a history of criminal activity in Pennsylvania. He was previously sentenced to three years of probation after pleaded guilty to being involved in a home-improvement scam which targeted elderly homeowners.

For additional information, check out the TheIntell.com article entitled “Bucks County Man Charged with Evesham Distraction Theft.”

Man Arrested for Allegedly Burning American Flags at Bensalem PA Gravesites

Police in Bensalem PA arrested a man who allegedly set fire to American flags at several gravesites.

The 29-year-old suspect, who hails from Feasterville-Trevose in Lower Southampton Township, is believed to have committed a string of vandalism incidents throughout Bensalem.

Police said that the suspect burned American flags and related decorations on five separate occasions at Roosevelt Memorial Park and Rosedale Memorial Park.

According to authorities, the suspect would typically remove an American flag and veteran flag holder from a grave and place them in a pile. He then allegedly set fire to the pile.

Since the suspect reportedly did not exercise any caution when burning the flags, a number of other gravesite decorations were also destroyed.

Bensalem police eventually identified the suspect by relying on a local DNA database, which linked the suspect to evidence recovered at the crime scenes.

The suspect has been charged with a number of criminal offenses, including institutional vandalism.

After being arrested, the suspect was taken to Bucks County Jail in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is being held there on $10,000 bail.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Gravesite American Flag Burnings Linked to Pa. Man through DNA Evidence, Police Say.”

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson Seeks Parties for Class Action Against Tullytown PA Landfill

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson recently sent out letters to residents across Florence NJ and highlighted the problems posed by a landfill in Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

The Florence residents, who are subject to noxious odors and fumes from a landfill which is situated across the Delaware River, have been invited to join a class-action lawsuit. According to KCR partner Kevin Riechelson, the firm hopes to garner as large a class as possible because “it’s pretty much impossible for anyone to do it on an individual basis.”

Residents in Florence have been complaining to Waste Management, the company that owns the landfill, for some time about the strong odors coming from the site. Residents have also been calling government hotlines to voice their concerns.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection finally responded to the complaints last month by opening an investigation into the landfill.

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, which has offices in Trenton NJ and Bensalem PA, has partnered with Liddle & Dubin, a law firm based out of Detroit MI which specializes in these kinds of environmental class actions.
Both firms have taken the initiative to help affected parties take legal action against the owners and operators of the Tullytown landfill.

The lawsuit aims to secure compensation for residents who have been forced to endure the noxious odors. Beyond that, KCR hopes that the class action will result in an injunction being issued so that Waste Management will be required to clean up the landfill and take measures needed to prevent the offensive odors from carrying across the river.

Join the Class Action

For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Class-Action Stench: N.J. Residents Build Case Against Smell from Pa. Landfill.”

Bensalem PA Police Identify Two “Persons of Interest” in Violent Armed Robbery

Bensalem PA police took into custody two men who might have been involved in an armed robbery and car theft.

According to authorities, the brazen heist took place at Bar Louie on Rockhill Drive.

Witnesses said that between 3 and 5 masked men walked up to a gas station employee as he was leaving the station for the night. The suspects were reportedly armed with a gun, a knife, and a stun gun as they ordered the victim to enter the gas station through a rear door.

The suspects allegedly confronted the other gas station employees and used the stun gun on one of them; the stun gun victim reportedly suffered minor injuries as a result of the attack.

The suspects are accused of stealing an undisclosed amount of cash from the station. The suspect also reportedly made off with cash belonging to the employees, as well as a vehicle owned by one of the employees. Sometime later, police recovered the stolen car, a yellow Mustang convertible, on the 300 block of Derry Road in Philadelphia.

Prior to fleeing the scene, the suspect locked all of the employees in a walk-in freezer.

The police conducted a thorough investigation and quickly identified two “persons of interest” in the violent theft. Thus far, the men have not been identified as suspects in the case; as a result, no charges have been filed.

If the culprits are eventually identified and apprehended, they could face serious criminal charges, including armed robbery, carjacking, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses.

Bensalem police have asked that anyone with information about the suspects or the violent incident please get in touch with detectives at 215-633-3719.

For additional information, see the NBCPhiladelphia.com article entitled “Masked Men Stun Bucks County Bar Worker, Steal Convertible during Early Morning Heist.”