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.

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.”

Trenton NJ Man Accused of Firing Handgun at City Building

A Trenton NJ man was arrested after allegedly firing a gunshot at a city building.

Trenton police received a report of a gunshot on the first block of Ewing Street. Police were also given a description of a vehicle involved in the shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a green Hyundai Sonata, a car matching the description provided to police. They pulled over the car on the 500 block of Perry Street.

When the officers approached the vehicle, they reportedly saw an empty shell casing on the backseat. The officers also said that they saw the handle of a black handgun underneath the driver’s seat.

Officers quickly determined that the 50-year-old driver of the vehicle had fired a shot at a cinder block wall on Ewing Street.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with criminal mischief, as well as several weapons offenses. He was also cited for traffic violations, including careless driving and driving with a suspended license.

According to police, the suspect has been cooperating with the investigation.

Officers also spoke with a 59-year-old Trenton man who said that he had been shot at.

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing. However, at this time, police do not yet know if the suspect had a motive for the shooting.

In the meantime, the suspect was being held at the Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township on $75,000 bail.

To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “No Motive for Man Who Shot at Trenton Building, Prosecutors Say.”

Trenton NJ Man Accused of Hammer Attack, Charged with Attempted Murder in Lawrence

Lawrence NJ police arrested a 46-year-old Trenton man who is accused to trying to kill someone at a Lawrence motel.

Police received a report of an incident at the Red Roof Inn on Brunswick Place in Lawrence. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man tied up by his ankles in a motel room. According to officers, the man was bleeding from a head trauma and had also suffered a cut to the throat.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force investigated and determined that the victim had picked up the suspect and taken him to the motel. Once the two of them got to the room, the suspect allegedly hit the victim in the head with a claw hammer and cut his throat with a razor. The suspect then allegedly tied the victim’s hands and feet together with bed sheets.

Police said that the suspect stole the victim’s wallet and laptop; he then reportedly left the scene in the victim’s rental car, a Chrysler minivan.

Detectives with the Mercer County Homicide Task Force later apprehended the suspect, who was allegedly driving the stolen minivan near Hermitage Avenue and Boudinot Street in Trenton.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He also faces additional charges for robbery and receiving stolen property.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township; he is being held there on $750,000 bail.

For additional information, view the NJ.com article entitled “Trenton Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Alleged Claw Hammer Attack at Lawrence Hotel.”

Suspect in Shooting Faces New Charges for Burglary in Princeton, NJ

A Florence NJ man who was already facing charges for allegedly shooting a woman has now been accused of committing a burglary in Princeton, New Jersey.

The 37-year-old suspect was arrested in October and charged with shooting a woman at the Academy Woods Apartments on Cedar Lane in Florence, NJ. According to police, the suspect fired several shots at the victim, striking her once in each arm.

The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to a Trenton NJ hospital for further treatment. Thankfully, her injuries were considered minor; she was later released from the hospital.

Florence police investigated the shooting and reportedly recovered the weapon used in the attack.

The suspect faced a number of charges, including aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain persons not to have weapons, and receiving stolen property. Moreover, since police allegedly found a quantity of marijuana on his person, the suspect was also charged with marijuana possession and marijuana distribution.

Remarkably, the suspect now faces new charges for a theft offense that he allegedly committed in August. According to authorities, the suspect stole jewelry from a residence on Gallup Road in Princeton, NJ.

Princeton detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the burglary. After recovering and processing key evidence discovered at the scene, they connected the suspect to the theft. Princeton detectives were also assisted in their investigation by other police departments in nearby areas where the suspect allegedly committed similar burglaries.

As a result of the Princeton investigation, the suspect now faces additional charges for burglary and theft of movable property.

The suspect was taken to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Florence Man Accused of Shooting Woman Arrested in Princeton Jewelry Theft.”