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.

Man Gets 15 Years for Aggravated Manslaughter in Trenton, NJ

A Burlington NJ man was recently sentenced to serve 15 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing a man.

The 22-year-old defendant shot the 20-year-old victim to death in 2011. The incident took place in Trenton, New Jersey.

Police said that the defendant shot the victim while the victim sat in a car near the intersection of Hart Avenue and Hurley Street in Trenton. After the shooting, the victim was taken to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center; he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The homicide reportedly stemmed from an argument between the defendant and the victim. According to authorities, the argument occurred one day before the shooting.

The defendant was arrested and charged with murder. He later pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges.

During the sentencing hearing, the defendant apologized to the victim’s family. Several members of the victim’s family were present in the courtroom when the defendant told them that he understands the pain they are going through.

Part of the plea deal also calls for the defendant to receive mental health treatment while he is incarcerated. The defendant has reportedly been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. The judge acknowledged the defendant’s mental state during sentencing; he observed that the defendant stopped taking much-needed medication sometime after childhood.

Remarkably, while the victim was awaiting trial, he reportedly assaulted a fellow inmate at the Mercer County Jail. As a result, the defendant has also been sentenced to 5 years in prison for aggravated assault. However, the sentence will run concurrently with his 15-year sentence for the aggravated manslaughter conviction.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Burlington Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for 2011 Trenton Slaying.”

Teen Suspect Arrested, Charged with Murder in Connection with Stabbing Death

Police in Trenton NJ arrested a teenage suspect in the stabbing death of a local resident.

Trenton police received a report of a fight outside Chapala Bar, which is located at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Anderson Street. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a 21-year-old Trenton man suffering from a stab wound to his chest.

The victim was quickly transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, it was too late for him; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Not long after police officers got to the scene, they placed an 18-year-old suspect under arrest.

At this time, no motive for the stabbing is known. However, the Trenton Police Department is actively investigating the incident.

According to a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect in the case has been charged with homicide, as well as weapons offenses.

If the suspect is convicted of the most serious charges, he could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree felony. However, unlike other first degree crimes in the New Jersey Criminal Code, murder is punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.

It is not yet known if bail has been set for the suspect.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Trenton Man in Custody After Overnight Stabbing Death Outside City Bar.”

Pennington NJ Man Accused of Stabbing Female Relative in Hopewell Township

Police in Hopewell Township NJ arrested a man suspected of stabbing a woman several times.

The 35-year-old Pennington man is accused of stabbing a 44-year-old female relative during a violent encounter at the apartment he shares with his mother.

Hopewell Township police received a call about a stabbing in a third floor hallway at the Hopewell Gardens apartment complex on Denow Road. When officers got to the scene, they saw the woman outside the complex. According to authorities, the victim’s boyfriend helped her get outside while the suspect remained inside the apartment.

The victim was immediately transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries. She remains in the facility. Thankfully, she is now in stable condition.

Although the identity of the victim has not been released to the media, police did confirm that she is related to the suspect.

While the victim was rushed to the hospital, police officers from Hopewell, Pennington, and Ewing moved quickly to secure the area. When the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave, police officers dug in for the long haul while neighboring residents were evacuated to other areas of the complex.

The New Jersey State Police Technical Response Bureau and the New Jersey State Police Crisis Negotiations Team also assisted local police in the matter. When none of the strategic teams were able to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender, police forced their way into the home and took the suspect into custody.

The stand-off with police lasted approximately four hours.

The suspect has since been charged with attempted murder and a number of weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to a Trenton hospital for a psychological evaluation. Sometime later, he was transported to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township. He is currently being held at the jail on $250,000 bail.

To learn more about this incident, read the NJ.com article entitled “Pennington Man Arrested After 4-Hour Police Standoff is Charged with Attempted Murder.”

Doylestown Man Convicted of Murder Plans to Appeal Life Sentence

A Doylestown PA man convicted of homicide will have to wait until November before appealing his life sentence.

The convicted felon, 22-year-old Dale Wakefield, was sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a 71-year-old man near the Doylestown train station. Wakefield reportedly admitted to the stabbing and pleaded guilty to first degree murder in order to avoid a possible death sentence.

The victim was a military veteran who approached Wakefield and asked him for money. Wakefield, who was celebrating his 21st birthday at the time, allegedly stabbed the victim 71 times.

Wakefield plans to appeal his sentence after obtaining new legal representation in the case. He was previously represented by the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office.

A judge in Bucks County Court recently allowed a continuance of a motion of appeal filed by Wakefield. According to Wakefield’s new defense attorney, the additional time is needed because the case is incredibly complex and he only began to review information on the case two days prior to asking for a continuance.

While awaiting his appeal hearing, Wakefield will remain in Bucks County Correctional Facility, where he is currently in solitary confinement. According to authorities, Wakefield was placed in solitary confinement because he allegedly stabbed another inmate during an argument earlier this year.

For more information about this case, read the TheIntelligencer.com article entitled “Doylestown Killer to Appeal Life Sentence Next Month.”