New Jersey Safe Surrender Days in April

New Jersey Safe Surrender Days in April

Individuals with a warrant for their arrest following a non-violent incident in New Jersey will have an opportunity to surrender themselves to the authorities to have their case resolved quickly. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the four-day program is expected to take place on April 21 and then from April 23 to April 25 at Grace Assembly of God Church in Atlantic City. Officials say the program is for those accused of committing non-violent crimes or disorderly person offenses including child support and family matters.

This is not an amnesty program and individuals will not automatically avoid jail time. Individuals who do surrender, however, may have their fines reduced and their case will be promptly adjudicated at temporary courtrooms in the area.

If there is a warrant for your arrest in New Jersey, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a skilled criminal defense lawyer before turning yourself in. You could be arrested and you will likely face additional penalties for failing to turn yourself in, but you may want to discuss your legal options before taking the matter into your own hands.

Individuals who have a warrant for their arrest are not obligated to make any statements to the police, the judge, or the prosecution. You should speak to an attorney even if you believe that what you would say could help your case. Anything you say can be used against you and an attorney will help make sure that your rights are protected.

The NJ criminal defense lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of helping individuals with a warrant for their arrest to avoid jail time.

Couple Charged with Selling Counterfeit Merchandise at Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee

Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee

Two vendors at a New Jersey street fair were recently arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit handbags. According to a report in The Lawrenceville Patch, the incident occurred at the Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee in Lawrenceville. Officials arrested a 44-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man for the possession and sale of over 200 bags and other items that had fake designer marks. The brands involved included Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, and Burberry.

It is a serious crime to sell counterfeit merchandise. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-32: “A person commits the offense of counterfeiting who, with the intent to deceive or defraud some other person, knowingly manufactures, uses, displays, advertises, distributes, offers for sale, sells, or possesses with intent to sell or distribute within, or in conjunction with commercial activities within New Jersey, any item, or services, bearing, or identified by, a counterfeit mark.”

This serious offense is a third-degree crime if it involves between 100 and 1,000 items bearing a counterfeit mark and a fourth-degree crime if the offense involves fewer than 100 counterfeit items. These types of crimes can result in lengthy jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines. Anyone facing these types of life-changing penalties would be well advised to discuss their case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The criminal defense lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully handled fraud and counterfeit merchandise charges in New Jersey. We know when to fight the charges and how to negotiate for lesser penalties.