4 shot, Child Injured by Dirt Bike in Trenton Assault

Mercer County Gun Charges / Injury Claim as Child FleesA group of individuals gathered on Union Street in Trenton and turned it into a scene of gunfire that left 4 people shot and one child injured after being struck by an assailant fleeing on a dirt bike.  Though the crime rate in Trenton has has had a downward trend for the past 18 years, and that trend is expected to continue through 2018, Trenton has been the scene of several shootings in the recent past. This latest incident could leave the accused facing several criminal charges and even involve a personal injury claim for the child who was struck in an attempt to get away from danger by fleeing suspect(s).

The skilled lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have served our clients in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick, all over Mercer County and North Philadelphia in both types of cases, Personal Injury and Criminal. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the criminal act of another, the law recognizes not only criminal penalties but allows one to seek civil action to receive compensation for your injuries whether they be physical or emotional. Our dependable lawyers have significant experience handling personal injury claims for clients across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

If you or someone you know has been arrested on weapons charges, drug charges, domestic violence, or any other criminal offence, Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is the law firm with the experience you need in your corner.

Mercer County Gun Charges / Injury Claim as Child Flees

According to police four people were wounded and a child was struck by a dirt bike during a shooting in Trenton on Saturday night.  The injuries ranged from minor to serous with alt least one of the shooting victims in critical condition.

Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn reported that a group had gathered at the end of Union Street at about 8:30 when several dirt bikes and at least one ATV approached and began shooting.  It is possible that at least some in the group returned fire.

A woman and two men, none of whom were identified, were hit by gunfire and transported for treatment at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.  A fourth victim managed to travel several blocks before collapsing.  He was also transported to Capital and is listed in critical condition.

As the group of perpetrators fled, one of them struck a 7-year old boy, who was attempting to flee the violence, with a dirt bike causing significant injuries to the child.  Though the investigation is ongoing Varn reported that the authorities have already recovered two dirt bikes and a handgun.

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From a legal standpoint there are several possible charges waiting for these assailants when they are caught.  Weapons charges, from illegally discharging a firearm in a public place to possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose will almost surely be among them. Furthermore there were several vehicle violations including reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. However the most serious charges they could be facing would be the several counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

The family of the 7-year old who was struck by the dirt bike would also be within their rights to pursue a personal injury claim and restitution against the driver of the bike that struck him. Restitution is the money a judge orders the offender to pay to the victims to compensate them for expenses related to the crime.  Restitution can be ordered in both adult and juvenile cases as part of the offender’s sentence.  It is important to note that an order of restitution does not preclude a victim from seeking a separate civil personal injury claim based on the same facts and events. It is for this reason one should consult a qualified and experienced attorney before agreeing to any settlement or restitution.

Contact The NJ & PA Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys At KCR for Assistance

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a criminal offense or suffered injury as a result of a crime or negligence, experienced and skilled counsel is critical. Having a qualified attorney to fight for you can make all the difference as it relates to your life and your freedom.  The attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking to you about your unique circumstance and helping to guide you through a potentially difficult time. Contact us online or via phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915.

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.

Trenton NJ Man Allegedly Hit Ex-Girlfriend, Charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault

Police recently arrested a Trenton NJ man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and causing significant physical injuries.

The domestic violence incident occurred at the victim’s residence in Trenton, New Jersey. The suspect allegedly forced his way inside the home and began to argue with the victim. At some point, the verbal altercation became physical, with the suspect allegedly using a closed fist to strike the female victim across the side of her head.

Someone else as the residence subsequently dialed 911 and alerted the Trenton Police Department. Police officers and emergency medical crews were then dispatched to the scene. Emergency medical responders briefly treated the victim at the residence before transporting her to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton NJ, where she received additional medical treatment for a ruptured eardrum. Her condition was later said to be stable.

Meanwhile, detectives with the Trenton Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the alleged domestic violence incident and obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect. The next morning, Trenton NJ cops located the suspect walking near the intersection of North Broad Street and East State Street and placed him under arrest.

The suspect, a 22-year-old resident of Trenton, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the alleged attack against his ex-girlfriend.

The suspect already faced simple assault charges for an incident occurring in Trenton NJ on April 20, 2016. According to law enforcement, the suspect attacked the same female victim during an altercation at their residence. The victim reportedly sustained injuries to her arm and hand after the suspect punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground.

For more information about this case, read the following article: Trenton man charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

West Windsor NJ Teen Charged with Aggravated Assault, Allegedly Stabbed Victim during Road Rage Dispute

Police recently arrested a teen accused of getting into a road rage incident and stabbing a fellow motorist during a violent altercation in West Windsor, NJ.

The scary incident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. The suspect was reportedly driving a car on New Village Road when there some sort of near-collision with another vehicle. The other motor vehicle was driven by the victim.

When the suspect and the victim stopped their respective vehicles, the men reportedly began to argue with one another while remaining inside their cars. However, the altercation soon spilled into the street and became physical, with the men reportedly getting out of their vehicles. At one point during the verbal dispute, the victim allegedly grabbed a key chain from the suspect and tossed it to the ground.

Details about what happened next are scare, but law enforcement has revealed that the suspect and the victim later continued driving their cars and ended up next to each other on Edinburg Road. With traffic backed up due to congestion during the rush hour, the men had plenty of opportunities to continue shouting at each.

The shouting once again turned physical, according to West Windsor police. The suspect allegedly used his hand to punch a tail light on the victim’s car. The victim then exited his vehicle and reached inside the suspect’s car. It was at that point that the suspect allegedly grabbed a utility knife and stabbed the victim. Authorities said that the suspect stabbed the victim several times in the hand and arm.

The victim was able to use his cell phone to dial 911, prompting West Windsor NJ police to dispatch police officers to the area. When patrol cops arrived at the scene of the road rage incident, they found the victim suffering from stab wounds. Police officers also reportedly noticed a significant amount of blood on the roadway.

The victim is a 50-year-old man who lives in the Forked River area of Lacey, NJ, which is located in Ocean County. After the violent incident, he was transported via ambulance to a local hospital so that doctors could treat him for his stab wounds. Thankfully, the victim was released from the medical facility on the same day and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

The suspect, who lives in West Windsor NJ, was initially detained by West Windsor police officers and then placed under arrest. He has been charged with multiple crimes, including aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and criminal mischief.

If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he could wind up spending five years behind bars. That’s because an assault with a weapon such as a firearm or a knife is classified as a third degree felony.

The suspect is currently free on bail. He will have to appear in Mercer County Superior Court, located in Trenton NJ, at a later date to address the criminal charges against him.

To learn more about this case, read the following article: Man stabbed in West Windsor road rage confrontation

Trenton NJ Man Charged with Robbery of Unconscious Woman

Police recently arrested a Trenton New Jersey man who has been accused of committing a violent assault during a robbery at a city residence.

The attack and theft occurred around 11:00 p.m. According to law enforcement, the suspect and the victim were both among a group of people hanging out during the late-night hours at a house located on Butler Avenue in Trenton, NJ. The victim was reportedly surrounded by her friends when suddenly she felt a sharp pain in the back of her head and collapsed to the ground. As the victim hit the floor, she became unconscious.

The victim was subsequently tended to by her friends and eventually regained consciousness. When the victim woke up, she realized that $4,000 in cash had gone missing from her purse. Additionally, her cell phone had been stolen.

Someone at the gathering dialed 911 and alerted the Trenton Police Department, which dispatched cops to the residence. When Trenton police officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with the victim and gathered information from witnesses. The victim, a 23-year-old Trenton woman, was treated at the scene for her head injury. Thankfully, she did not require hospitalization.

Investigators eventually determined that the suspect was the likely culprit in the robbery. Members of the Trenton Police Department Violent Crimes Unit and Warrant Unit later located the suspect and placed him under arrest.

The suspect is a 30-year-old male who resides in Trenton, New Jersey. He has been formally charged with robbery in connection with the theft crime. However, the suspect has not yet been charged with assault because Trenton investigators have not found probable cause to connect the suspect to the violent attack on the victim.

If police can eventually determine that the suspect hit the victim in the back of her head prior to the robbery, he would likely face criminal charges for aggravated assault. Since the assault occurred during the commission of a felony (robbery), the suspect would probably be subject to aggravated assault charges, not simple assault charges. This makes a huge difference because aggravated assault is classified as a felony-level offense and can result in prison time, while simple assault is merely a disorderly persons offense and often results in no jail time.

For additional information about this case, read the following article: Trenton man charged with robbing woman of $4,000, phone