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Police allege attempted murder in shooting of New Jersey burglar

When people in New Jersey suspect that they are the victim of a crime, their immediate reaction is often to respond in a way to protect themselves and their property. Unfortunately, this reaction can also create legal complications for these victims of crime. In fact, a man in New Jersey is now accused of attempted murder after he allegedly shot a man in the midst of burglarizing a vehicle on the latter's property.

The incident that led to the arrest of two people happened during the early morning hours of a day in January. Reports indicate that a 37-year-old man shot a 19-year-old man in the torso. The teenager was reportedly inside a vehicle in the driveway of a home owned by the older man. The teenager reportedly ran from the scene and was discovered later in a fast food restaurant; he was transported to the hospital where he is in stable condition.

Things to remember during a DUI stop

It's Friday night and you decided to stop by your favorite watering hole to unwind with your friends after an exceptionally long week at work. On your way home through Union, your night takes a detour. You see the red and blue lights of a police car flash behind you and you know you are being pulled over.

A traffic stop after you have had even a single drink can be very scary. If the stop becomes a field test to determine if you are driving under the influence, it can be absolutely terrifying. Here are some tips to help you get through a driving under the influence (DUI) stop.

New Jersey car accident leads to DWI claim

Every single driver has likely made a mistake while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. A misunderstanding of a traffic pattern or miscalculation of another driver's speed can have devastating consequences. Despite the potential for all drivers to accidentally cause a collision, police in New Jersey and across the country are often quick to assume that alcohol or drugs were involved. In fact, a man now faces a DWI charge, among others, after he was reportedly involved in a collision.

The incident that led to the charges against the man reportedly happened just before 5:30 p.m. on a day in early January.  According to reports, a 63-year-old male driver attempted a left turn at an intersection. Unfortunately, he reportedly struck a vehicle driven by an 82-year-old woman.

New Jersey attorney helps those accused of reckless driving

Many charges in New Jersey are often up to the discretion of the police officer involved. Often, these charges are based on a subjective judgment call of the officer, including careless or reckless driving. Unfortunately, people facing these accusations may be unaware of their options and may automatically plead guilty, but Mark Cheser, Esquire, Counselor at Law may be able to help .

There are a variety of different alleged actions that could potentially result in accusations of reckless or careless driving. These could include talking on a cellphone while speeding, eating, driving in a way determined to be erratic, passing a slow moving vehicle or ignoring  crosswalk, among others. Because these charges are often the result of an officer's judgment call, some charges could be reduced or dismissed following a hearing with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Former New Jersey lottery winner faces drug charges

Most people would consider anyone who wins the New Jersey lottery lucky. If the same person wins again, they are likely considered extremely lucky. Unfortunately, the luck of a two-time Cash 5 lottery winner has seemed to run out -- or at least stalled -- after a traffic stop led to drug charges.

The 53-year-old man was reportedly stopped as a result of a traffic violation on a day in December. Police claim that as part of the stop, they discovered two weapons, including an assault weapon, and 350 prescription pills. It is unclear what prompted the traffic stop as well as what caused police to search the man's vehicle.

New Jersey altercation leads to murder charge

Conflict can happen at any time and for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, some conflict can turn physical, leaving those involved fearful for their lives and in a position where they must decide how to protect themselves. Recently, an altercation in New Jersey is said to have resulted in a fatality. Two men have since been arrested in connection with the incident, and one of them is facing a murder charge.

The incident that led to the arrests happened during the early morning hours of a day in mid-December. According to reports, a group of people were engaged in a fight outside of a bar. Police say that a 20-year-old man assaulted someone with the intent "to cause serious bodily injury." Reports claim that a 23-year-old man then fired a gun, allegedly striking a 28-year-old man.

3 ways a DWI can impact your life

Imagine driving home from work on Friday. After a very long and hard week on the job, you decide to stop and see some friends at your favorite watering hole. After taking some time to unwind during happy hour, you decide to finish your drive home.

Just a few blocks from your house, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. A short time later, you are in the back of a squad car and on your way to jail for the night. The police have charged you with driving while under the influence (DWI).

Drunk driving suspected in fatal New Jersey crash

A car accident can happen at any time of the day. However, accidents are not uncommon during the early morning hours when a driver is fatigued. Unfortunately, it may be easy to make assumptions about those involved in an accident during certain hours of the day -- specifically, that he or she is drunk driving. In fact, police in New Jersey have accused a driver of impairment after he was allegedly involved in a fatal crash.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early December. According to reports, a 22-year-old male was driving on a New Jersey roadway when his vehicle allegedly drifted into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, his vehicle reportedly struck another containing six people.

Charge upgraded in New Jersey assault case

Most people in New Jersey have encountered someone while waiting in line who has annoyed them. As it is usually a temporary situation, most people ignore it and move on about their business. However, police claim that a woman at a gas station asked two teenagers to stop a behavior she apparently found annoying, allegedly sparking an incident that led to assault charges against the teens.

The incident happened after midnight on a day in mid-November. According to reports, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old were standing in line with others. Reports indicate that another woman in line noticed that they used profanity "multiple times" and asked them to stop talking like that.

New Jersey man faces DUI, drug charges following crash

Many people in New Jersey and across the country are passionate about the professional sports teams they support and likely feel disappointment following a loss. In fact, police in New Jersey claim that a man claimed that he became intoxicated because a football team performed poorly. The man now faces DUI and drug charges.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in mid-November. According to reports, the 57-year-old man was involved in crash just after 5 p.m. Police say that when they arrived on the scene, the man staggered toward them and told them that he had struck the rear of a car that was stopped in traffic.

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