Prosecutor Wants to Forfeit Your Car, Cash, or Home Once Charged With a Crime

Contesting Civil ForfeitureMunicipalities that are strapped for cash have turned to some fairly creative methods of generating revenue. One method is police and prosecutors seizing and forfeiting cars, boats, money, computers, guns and even homes that were “used in, or facilitated a charged criminal activity”. Although many cases involve significant crimes and the forfeitures are justified, far too often persons charged with fairly low-level drug sales or purchases are routinely having their cars and homes seized. These fines and forfeitures are often used to supplement local and state budgets, including those of the very agencies that seized and forfeited the property. They also have produced complications in the area of criminal defense as those charged with crimes must not only defend their freedom but also their property.

Being indicted on any criminal offense is a serious situation. The legal system can be very intimidating and the potential for loss of freedom, finances and property is enough to cause anyone worry. However, even if you have been charged with a crime our Constitution grants us all the right to be free of excessive fines and protects our property from unfair and unwarranted government seizures. The law firm of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson has more than four decades of experience defending clients who are facing criminal charges and civil forfeiture across New Jersey and Mercer County areas. Our attorneys will help you through the often complicated legal process with the goal of defending your freedom, your property and your finances.

Contact us online or call us at (215) 337-4915 today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our experienced and skilled legal team.

Problems With Mercer County Civil Asset Forfeiture

The problem is that many Civil Asset Forfeitures may be extremely excessive when compared to the criminal activity charged in addition to exceeding the financial penalties that the law dictates for a particular offense. In a current case before the U.S. Supreme Court , Timbs v. Indiana, the defendant pled to one count of dealing. He was sentenced to a year of home detention, five years of probation, and $1,200 in fines and court costs which is normal for this type of case. However, in a separate civil forfeiture proceeding, the State sought to forfeit his expensive Land Rover asserting that it was used in the commission of the crime. The value of the car was well over $42,000. The trial and appellate courts held that the forfeiture was excessive, disproportionate to even the maximum fine of $10,000 under the drug statute. The Indiana Supreme Court, however, reversed and allowed the forfeiture. The U.S. Supreme Court must now decide whether the excessive fines clause in the Bill of Rights applies to the states.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Expanding Across New Jersey

Every day across New Jersey and elsewhere, local and state law enforcement seize cars, homes and other property they allege were used in or facilitated criminal activity – whether that consists of relatively minor drug sales, transportation of stolen property or other crimes involving the “use” of the car. Even if the person charged is admitted into a pretrial diversion program or receive probation and a minor fine, the government may still proceed to forfeit their property civilly or as part of the criminal sentence. That forfeiture is often grossly disproportionate to the underlying criminal charges.

The ACLU in New Jersey compiled data, from January through May 2016, and found that police departments in New Jersey seized $5.5 million in cash over that time period, along with 234 cars as well as several homes.

Contact our Experienced Mercer County Civil Asset Forfeiture Attorneys Today

The criminal defense attorneys of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson have extensive experience defending clients from unfair, unwarranted and excessive civil asset forfeitures in Mercer County including Trenton, Lawrence, Princeton, and Pennington NJ. Our firm believes in aggressively defending our clients freedom, rights and property. You can rely on the experience we have cultivated since opening our doors in 1972.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your case, please contact us online or through our Trenton offices by dialing (215) 337-4915 today.

 

Video – Drug Crime Attorney in Trenton, NJ

Because law enforcement takes any violation of drug laws extremely seriously there is no such thing as a “minor” drug charge in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. If you are found by police in possession of even a single marijuana joint or evidence of drug paraphernalia in your vehicle, you may be arrested and charged with very serious drug possession offenses. These are offenses that can carry some very strict penalties.  Moreover, in drug cases prosecutors will often seek maximum punishments.  A conviction could lead to significant prison time, stiff fines as well as a permanent criminal record that be very damaging to your life going forward.

The esteemed law firm of Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson has a proven track record of success and more than 40 years of experience handling drug crime cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our lawyers have successfully defended numerous clients against charges of drug possession and drug distribution throughout Mercer County, including Lawrence, Princeton, and East Windsor. Our legal team is comprised of skilled negotiators and tenacious attorneys who know how to win for you in the courtroom. Contact us online or by phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915

Common Drug Offenses Mercer County Drug Offense Attorneys

Being arrested for drug possession or drug distribution in New Jersey is serious. Seeking representation from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible should be your first step. Do not give any statements to the police without first securing qualified legal counsel. Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson handles drug crime cases in New Jersey courtrooms regularly. Some of the most common drug charges that we have successfully defended clients against include:

Trenton Drug Offense Attorney Discusses Drug Charges and Penalties

Drug penalties have increased dramatically throughout the years, what used to be minor offenses are major offenses and it’s really important that we get ahead of that game do our investigation before the police have nailed down every witness and done every bit of their investigation.

It’s my job to get to work and build a real case that defends you, we need to get the witnesses on our side, what we need to do is show the prosecution that we’ve got a strong case, because our strong case makes their case a weak case that’s when we bring them to their knees instead of them bringing you to your knees.

When you call us, we’ll get to work for you. It’s a wide range of drug problems it’s a wide range of drug prosecutions they all take a little bit different approach we know the approach, know the prosecutors and we know what to do to get you the best outcome possible.

Contact Our Mercer County and Bucks County Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

Since 1972, we have defended clients in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick and all over Mercer County NJ as well as Bensalem, Northeast Philadelphia, Levittown, Feasterville, Millbrook, Penndel and all over Bucks County PA, from all types of drug related charges.

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly experienced firm skilled at getting results for our clients. Our legal team is made up of skilled negotiators and tenacious attorneys who know how to win for you in the courtroom. Our team of lawyers includes a certified trial attorney who has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious NJ “Super Lawyers,” meaning they are in the top five percent of all New Jersey lawyers. We are led by Jerrold Kamensky, and our accomplished and top notch team of attorneys are second to none and have a proven record of success defending our clients against criminal prosecution. Contact us online or by phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915

 

Congratulations to Our Partner Kevin S. Riechelson

Congratulations to our partner Kevin S, Riechelson

Though the award winning legal career of our partner Kevin S. Riechelson has been extensive we are pleased to congratulate him on yet again receiving the highest possible rank in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ in both legal and ethical standards.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recognizes only the top 10% of attorneys; making his inclusion in this distinguished list for the 4th year in a row a true honor and a testament to his professionalism as well as his dedication to the highest legal and ethical standards.

The Distinguished Legal Career of Attorney Kevin S. Riechelson

Mr. Riechelson, is currently Managing Partner at the Pennsylvania practice of Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson.  He has been involved in a variety of complex litigation including product liability, construction, toxic tort, mass tort and multi-district litigation, fire damage, premises liability, private and commercial motor vehicle, assault and battery and other general litigation cases. In addition Mr. Riechelson has spoken on and given presentations about various aspects of the Law including New Jersey Auto Insurance issues, the use of Technology & the Internet in the Law Profession, and Products Liability.

After graduating with honors from Temple University School of Law in 1990, Mr. Riechelson began his legal career at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and later became a Partner in the Philadelphia Law Firm of Margolis Edelstein. Later he became the Managing Attorney for the Trenton Office of a New Brunswick New Jersey based Law Firm.

Moreover, Mr. Riechelson holds a degree from Drexel University in Business Administration/Accounting. As a partner at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, Mr. Riechelson is responsible for all aspects of general litigation cases with particular emphasis on complex Commercial and serious personal injury matters as well as nursing home abuse cases.

At the Pennsylvania offices of Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, Mr. Riechelson has built a stellar reputation focusing on several critical areas of the law including but not limited to:
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The Experienced, Skilled and Dedicated Legal Team of Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly experienced firm skilled at getting results. Our legal team is comprised of skilled negotiators and tenacious attorneys who know how to win for you in the courtroom. Our team of lawyers includes a certified trial attorney who has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious NJ “Super Lawyers,” meaning they are in the top five percent of all New Jersey lawyers. We are led by Jerrold Kamensky, and our accomplished and top notch team of attorneys have a proven record of success defending our clients against criminal prosecution as well as helping injured people and their families obtain fair and just financial compensation for their losses.

Since 1972, we have worked with clients in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick and all over Mercer County NJ as well as Bensalem, Northeast Philadelphia, Levittown, Feasterville, Millbrook, Penndel and all over Bucks County PA, on all types of legal matters such as employment law, traffic violations, workers’ compensation, commercial law, criminal defense as well as personal injury to name but a few.

Contact the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Lawyers at KCR for Any Legal Assistance You May Need

Good legal advice and representation can be absolutely critical. No matter what legal dilemma you may be facing it is important to have a skilled and tenacious advocate in your corner. The experienced and compassionate lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking to you about your case and helping to guide you through the often difficult legal process. Contact us online or by phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Trenton, NJ

 

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Mercer County

Our firm has been practicing criminal law for about 40 years.  The members of this firm have been everywhere in the criminal courts.  We’ve handled 10 defendant murder cases, we’ve handled the lowest traffic ticket and everything in between. If you have been approached the police, by a prosecutor or any prosecuting authority, politely decline to discuss the matter until you have spoken to your attorney. People sometimes feel that that draws attention to them, that they’re going to look guilty. The truth of the matter is that if they are talking to you they’ve got a reason to do that. they believe that you know something or have done something wrong.

Criminal law is a fact sensitive operation. You want to get ahead of it. You want to know what people are going to say and quit frankly you want them to say to our investigator before they say it to the prosecutor’s investigating team.

If you are unfortunate enough to be faced with the possibility of a criminal investigation or criminal charge the one thing you’ve got to do is come to us right away so we can do what ever needs to be done early on and protect you.

Lawyers Experienced in Defending People Accused of Crimes in Trenton and Surrounding Communities

Kemenksy, Cohen & Riechelson is a law firm that has years of experience defending clients accused of a myriad of different types of crimes in Trenton and communities across Mercer County. Crimes such as theft, traffic violations, weapons chargesdomestic violence, homicide, assault, driving while intoxicated, public order crimes, property crimes and many more. In addition we work in the area of expungement and record sealing.

Contact the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers at KCR for Assistance

If arrested for a criminal offense in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, good legal representation is absolutely critical. Decisions made at this important time may affect the rest of your life therefore sound advice from an experienced advocate can make all the difference. The best chance of avoiding serious criminal penalties is to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you and fight your criminal charges.

The experienced and compassionate criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking to you about your case and helping to guide you through this difficult process. Contact us online or by phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915.

 

 

 

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