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.

Princeton Woman Injured in Single-Vehicle Car Accident

Police in Princeton NJ are investigating a traffic accident that resulted in a local woman being hospitalized.

According to authorities, the 56-year-old victim was driving her 1997 Ford Expedition on Mercer Street near Hale Drive when she lost control of the vehicle and skidded off the road.

The SUV ultimately came to a stop when it struck a large, uprooted tree on the side of the road.

Sometime later, emergency responders arrived at the scene and found that the woman was trapped inside the vehicle. The emergency responders eventually removed the woman from the SUV.

Police said that the driver suffered minor injuries in the accident. After the driver was extricated from the vehicle, she was transported to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, where she received medical treatment for her injuries.

In addition to causing bodily injuries to the driver, the accident also resulted in extensive damage to the front end of the SUV.

Police had to shut down Mercer Street for roughly one hour after the accident. Once the woman was taken to the hospital and the debris was removed from the street, police reopened the road for traffic.

Princeton police indicated that the accident is currently under investigation. At this time, the driver has not been charged with reckless driving or careless driving.

To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Princeton Woman Hospitalized After Crashing into Tree.”

Single-Vehicle Crash in Ewing NJ Leads to DWI Charges

A single-vehicle car accident in Ewing NJ left three people with injuries and led police to charge the driver with drunk driving.

Ewing police received a call about a car accident on the southbound lane of Bear Tavern Road in Ewing, New Jersey. When police officers got to the scene, they saw a 2005 Ford Mustang which had crashed into a utility pole.

The pole reportedly sustained serious damage, with power lines also falling down. According to police, the live power lines made it difficult to excise at least one of the passengers from the car.

The vehicle was allegedly driven by a 19-year-old resident of Ewing. After the accident, the driver and two adult passengers in the car were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The driver was later charged with driving while intoxicated because her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was reportedly above the legal limit of .08 percent. However, police have not revealed the driver’s precise BAC at the time of the crash.

Additionally, the driver faces charges for underage DWI because she was under the legal drinking age of 21.

The driver was also cited for several traffic violations, including reckless driving, careless driving, and failure to keep right.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “One-Car Crash in Ewing Sends 3 to Hospital, Driver Charged with DWI.”

Ewing Police Department Considers Purchasing New Computers, Equipping Officers with Body Cameras

The Ewing Township Police Department is considering the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras.

The Ewing council recently voted to support a local ordinance that grants authority to the current administration to bond funds for the purchase of new equipment for the police department.

The equipment may include new computers and patrol car cameras, as well as body cameras for officers on patrol.

Bert Steinmann, the Ewing mayor, said that patrol vehicle camera systems are old and need to be upgraded so that they are more in line with modern systems which provide high-definition footage.

According to John Stemler, a lieutenant with the Ewing Police Department, it is also crucial that the department replace the servers for cameras because the current servers have been crashing a lot recently. Moreover, said Stemler, the current servers could lose existing footage if they are not replaced.

It has not yet been determined if the department will acquire body cameras for officers. That’s because the purchase of body cameras is a secondary priority to the purchase of new computers and patrol car cameras.

However, the hope is that officers will eventually be equipped with body cameras so that there will be a more complete record of police interactions with the public. This would be particularly helpful in DWI cases and traffic cases. It would also protect the public against abuses of police power and unwarranted resisting arrest charges.

The ordinance will have to pass a second time in December, after which the new cameras would probably be installed in police patrol cars during the first six months of 2015. The cameras will likely be placed in the department’s newer vehicles prior to being installed in older vehicles.

If the police force ultimately purchases body cameras, the total cost of the technological overhaul could rise to $320,000.

To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Ewing Police Would Upgrade Technology, Could Get Body Cameras Under Proposed $300K Ordinance.”

Princeton NJ Police Investigate Cause of School Bus Crash on Route 206

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a serious school bus crash on Route 206 in Princeton, New Jersey.

A 26-year-old Morris Plains man was driving a 2011 BMW 328i northbound on Route 206 when his vehicle struck a school bus which was headed to Ewing and traveling southbound on the highway. The accident occurred near Hutchinson Drive, with the BMW hitting the left front bumper of the bus. Early indications are that the BMW crossed a double-yellow line on the road.

According to police, the impact of the collision caused the bus to flip over on its side. Meanwhile, the force of the impact caused the BMW to spin around.

Four people suffered injuries as a result of the auto accident. Three of those injured were transported to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The injured parties included a 16-year-old student at Rock Brook School, a 71-year-old teachers’ aide, and the 44-year-old bus driver.

Thankfully, none of the injuries are considered life-threatening. Police said that all of the individuals were conscious and fully alert when paramedics arrived at the accident scene.

Meanwhile, the driver of the BMW was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. He was treated and later released.

Police closed Route 206 for several hours while investigating the accident. The road was eventually reopened around the tail end of rush hour.

Authorities indicated that the crash remains under investigation, with both the Princeton Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office actively looking into the accident. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed and no traffic citations have been issued against either of the drivers

To learn more, see the NJ.com article entitled “School Bus Crash in Princeton Sends 16-Year-Old Student, 3 Others to Hospital.”