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New Jersey football player charged with attempted murder

For many college students, the end of a romantic relationship may be a devastating time. However, with time, most people are able to recover with relatively little long-term consequences. Despite this, officials say that a football player at a New Jersey university has recently been arrested on several charges, including attempted murder.

The 22-year-old's arrest occurred on a day in late October. Reports claim that he intended to kill two family members of his ex-girlfriend. He allegedly told several people of his plans and even asked others to help him by driving a getaway car. One person is said to have recorded his plans.

Teenager charged with DWI in New Jersey

Halloween, for many people in New Jersey, is a night to which many look forward all year. It is often a night of fun. Unfortunately, this past Halloween left one teenager in the hospital with serious injuries and another facing criminal charges, including DWI.

Police say that the incident that led to the hospitalization and arrest, respectively, happened just before 8 p.m. Reports indicate that a car driven by a 19-year-old male struck a 14-year-old pedestrian. It is unclear if the pedestrian was trick-or-treating at the time.

New Jersey youth football coach accused of assault

Anyone who has worked as a referee or as a coach of a youth league team has likely experienced some degree of verbal abuse from parents. Even though many coaches, for example, are volunteers, they receive a great deal of anger from parents. Unfortunately, one youth league football coach in New Jersey is now charged with assault following an altercation that took place on the field.

The incident happened at a game that took place on a day in October. According to reports, the fight started on the field between players. A hit reportedly turned into shoving. After coaches became involved, parents also came onto the field.

Driver in New Jersey faces DWI charges

A woman believed to have been speeding has been arrested following a traffic stop, according to an article in the New Jersey Herald. Officers in Sparta pulled the woman over and ended up charging her with DWI as well as with traffic violations. She has since been released in advance of an upcoming court appearance. There is no word as to whether she has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.

According to officers on the scene, the 24-year-old woman was on Sparta Avenue around 2 a.m. in the early morning of Sept. 29 when she was stopped. Police say she was speeding, but did not mention the speed she was clocked at. When officers approached the car, they said they could detect the smell of alcohol in the vehicle.

Baseball player Lenny Dykstra faces drug charges

Certain services such as Uber have changed how people get from place to place. While convenient, an argument between a driver and a rider often turns into a situation of one person's word against another's if there is no one else present in the vehicle. Unfortunately, former baseball player Lenny Dykstra now faces drug charges, among others, in New Jersey after an alleged incident with an Uber driver.

The incident happened in May. Dykstra and the Uber driver both have different versions of events. According to Dykstra, the driver threatened him and attempted to kidnap him. Dykstra claimed at a news conference following the alleged incident that he requested to change the destination of the ride, and that the driver locked the doors and began speeding. Dykstra claims that he feared for his life.

Drug possession defense techniques

Imagine you were walking down the street and suddenly a police officer started yelling at you to halt. The next thing you know, he's slapping the handcuffs on you and accusing you of drug possession. However, you know without a shadow of a doubt that you haven't seen an illegal substance since you were in college.

Strangely, the police officer assumed you were carrying drugs when a search of your backpack revealed what was merely a plastic baggie filled with protein powder. Due to the officer's inexpertness in identifying drugs in the field, you were arrested and accused of a serious crime. In your case, the first of the drug possession defense techniques that follow could apply:

New Jersey ATV crash leads to DWI charge

It seems that a person who works as a law enforcement officer faces a great deal of scrutiny if he or she is believed to have been involved in a crime. Often, it may even seem that this scrutiny is an attempt to prove fairness. However, many of the details regarding a recent incident that led to DWI charges against a New Jersey police officer are unclear.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in mid-September. According to reports, an ATV was discovered overturned at an intersection. A passenger on the ATV, whose identity has not been released, reportedly suffered several injuries and was transported to the hospital. A 37-year-old man reported that he was driving. Though he passed a field sobriety test, he was issued several summonses.

Injured woman in New Jersey leads to assault charge

Everyone has likely encountered some degree of conflict in their lives. In most cases, people are able to work out this conflict or avoid it in the future. Though the events leading up to the alleged event are unclear, police in New Jersey have recently arrested a woman and charged her with assault.

The incident happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. on a day in September. Police say that they received a call about an assault. When they arrived at the scene, they are said to have discovered a female victim suffering from several stab wounds lying in the driveway.

New Jersey school bus driver accused of reckless driving

When it comes to driving in New Jersey, there are multiple situations that could lead to a traffic accident. For example, some accidents are caused by drivers who experience a medical condition. Unfortunately, certain medical situations can look very similar to drunk driving and lead to criminal charges and traffic citations, such as reckless driving.

In fact, a school bus driver was recently arrested after he was accused of striking five cars and a fire hydrant. Police say that the incidents that led to the man's arrest happened one morning on a day in late September. Other than the driver, only one student and an aide were on the bus at the time; only one of the vehicles was said to be severely damaged.

New Jersey driver charged with DWI following accident

Car accidents can happen at any time of the day or night for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, police may believe that some accidents are caused by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol even with only limited evidence to support it. Unfortunately, a woman in New Jersey is now accused of DWI, among other charges, following a recent accident.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest is said to have occurred on a day in late August. According to reports, two patrolmen responded to a report that a vehicle struck a utility pole. They claim that they discovered a sedan with significant damage to its front end.

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