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Fort Lee Woman Charged With Attempted Murder


Lodi stabbing26-year-old Michelle Veleber was being held overnight in the Bergen County Jail on charges of attempted murder and weapons possession. Her bail has been set at $250,000.

Ms. Veleber was arrested after Lodi police responded to a domestic dispute just after 1 a.m., whereupon they found the victim standing in the street with a bloody shirt and holding his chest. The victim was taken to the hospital and police found Ms. Veleber inside the couple’s apartment with blood on her.

On the charge of attempted murder, a first-degree crime, Ms. Veleber could face 10-20 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines. Depending on the specific weapons charge she is facing, she could face another 5-10 years in a New Jersey State Prison along with up to $150,000 in fines.

Attempted murder and weapons offenses are serious criminal offenses with potentially serious consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged with these or any similar weapons possession charges in New Jersey, do not delay in hiring legal representation immediately to protect your rights. The Tormey Law Firm is an aggressive trial team that has extensive experience defending clients against violent crime charges throughout New Jersey, including in Hackensack, Paramus, and throughout Bergen County.

We are available 24 hours a day to speak with you about your case. Call us at (201) 556-1570 for a free consultation.

Travis Tormey Successfully Gets Client’s Charges Reduced


tormey_logo_dalonzo-399x90Firm owner Travis Tormey was able to successfully negotiate a reduction in charges for a client who was charged with Lewdness and Resisting Arrest in Hackensack. The charges originated from an incident in which the client allegedly exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a borough park. By negotiating the charges to a borough ordinance violation, Mr. Tormey was able to avoid a criminal conviction for the client that could have serious consequences in the future with regard to employment and other aspects of the client’s life.

If convicted on either charge, the client would be facing exposure of up to 180 days in the Bergen County Jail, up to a $1000 fine, and potential periods of community service or probation. Additionally, each conviction would appear on the client’s criminal record in the event that an employer or other person were to run a criminal background check on him. Also, if the client wanted to apply for any sort of licensure in the future, such as to be a doctor, nurse, attorney, pharmacist, or stockbroker, the State could deny such license due to the conviction on his record. Finally, if a similar defendant was not a United States citizen and was convicted of these or similar offenses, they can be subjected to immigration consequences up to and including deportation.

Instead of that possible parade of horribles, the client in this case will have to pay a fine for violation of the borough ordinance, a violation on the same level as a littering ticket or noise violation. His clean record will be preserved and he will not be subject to any jail time or probationary period.

Any disorderly persons offense is a serious criminal offense with potentially serious repercussions. If you or anyone you know has been charged with similar offenses in New Jersey, don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your rights and preserve your freedom and clean record.

Attorney General’s Directive Alters NJ Gun Charge Sentencing Protocol


Gun And ConstitutionNew Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman recently issued a directive clarifying State law with regard to weapons charges issued against gun owners who obtain permits from other states.

New Jersey continues to be enthralled in a debate involving the acknowledgement of out-of-state gun permits, as individuals traveling in this state with firearms legally-obtained in other states can currently be subject to criminal charges. In addition, since these offenses are governed under New Jersey’s Graves Act, these charges undoubtedly result in a prison sentence for those convicted.

Cases of this kind are common in New Jersey and often result in severe consequences for unsuspecting visitors. However, the Attorney General’s statement will significantly impact current State protocol in prosecuting these individuals, with the potential to alleviate the previously dire consequences.

The directive comes on the heels of a case involving a mother from Pennsylvania who was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for a gun that she legally owned in her home state. Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen’s case garnered public scrutiny after she was charged in Atlantic County for a gun that she legally owned in Pennsylvania. With no prior criminal record, this mother would have been subject to a mandatory-minimum term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison if she was found guilty.

Following the Attorney General’s announcement, Allen was accepted into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, a diversionary program available to eligible defendants tried in superior courts throughout the state. Pre-Trial Intervention, often called “PTI,” is essentially a probationary period during which the defendant must comply with the conditions of the program and avoid any further criminal charges. Upon successful completion of PTI, the underlying charges are dismissed.

PTI was previously restricted to those charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, as these offenses are among those subject to the stringent sentencing guidelines of the Graves Act. However, the recent announcement grants consideration for PTI to defendants who meet specific criteria and will potentially alter the fates of many individuals charged in similar cases throughout New Jersey.

According to the Attorney General, prosecutors will be now be expected to give PTI enrollment consideration under the following circumstances: the defendant is an out-of-state resident, has no previous criminal record, lawfully owns the gun in another state, notifies law enforcement of their possession of the firearm, has no knowledge of New Jersey’s limitations regarding guns, and otherwise believes that he or she is in compliance with the law.

In his statement, Attorney General Hoffman explained:

“While ignorance of the law is not a defense, prosecutors certainly may consider whether a defendant made an honest mistake in determining the level of defendant’s culpability for purposes of sentencing. In the absence of case-specific aggravating circumstances, these defendants should not be sentenced to incarceration.”

Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Attorney General, discussed the implications of the aforementioned directive, stating that it will lead to the reconsideration of between 50 and 100 similar cases statewide. Further, this new interpretation of the law will serve to transform the prosecution of countless New Jersey gun cases in the future.

Additional information pertaining to this matter is available through the following link: How Philadelphia woman’s N.J. gun case could affect up to 100 similar cases

Paterson Man Arrested in Connection with Wyckoff Armed Robberies


knife-attackWyckoff police officers charged Steven Cardona, 22, with first-degree armed robbery, second-degree possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, saying that Mr. Cardona was connected to an armed robbery in the township.

The charges allege that Mr. Cardona met with two Wyckoff teenagers in a shopping center parking lot in order to purchase a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers worth several hundred dollars. Rather than a purchase, however, it is alleged that Mr. Cardona stole the sneakers from the teens at knifepoint. Police have said that Mr. Cardona has been connected to the robbery by “computer forensics” and that he is a suspect in several other robberies of the same type in other jurisdictions.

Wyckoff Municipal Court Judge Russel Teschon set Cardona’s bail at $100,000, though he is already being held on other charges in the Passaic County Jail.

If convicted of armed robbery, Cardona could face serious penalties including 10-20 years in state prison, up to $200,000 in fines, and a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 85% of his period of incarceration. On the weapons charges, Cardona could face an additional 5-10 years of incarceration and $150,000 in fines if convicted.

Robbery and weapons possession are very serious criminal charges, with equally serious consequences if convicted. If you or a someone you know has been charged with these or other criminal offenses in New Jersey, don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

For additional information, see the following article:

Mahwah Resident Charged in Collision With Bicyclist


Mahwah bike accidentThomas Rinaldi, 64, was driving his pickup truck on September 9 when he allegedly made a sharp turn across oncoming traffic and caused a Suffern man to fall off his bicycle and strike his head. The collision occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m. at the intersection of Ramapo Valley Road and North Railroad Avenue in Mahwah. The 62-year-old victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson where he was listed in critical condition.

After conducting field sobriety tests on the driver, police placed Mr. Rinaldi under arrest for driving while intoxicated and assault by automobile. Additionally, police obtained a blood sample from Mr. Rinaldi in order to run a toxicology report. Mr. Rinaldi was released on $25,000 bail with a 10% option.

If convicted of DWI, Mr. Rinaldi could face penalties such as a loss of driving privileges from 3 months to 10 years, depending on whether he has any prior convictions for DWI. Additionally, the Court can impose fines and mandatory surcharges totaling more than $1,300 as well as a possible term of up to 180 days in the Bergen County Jail. Finally, a conviction may subject Mr. Rinaldi to the required installation of an ignition interlock in his vehicle upon reinstatement of his license for a period of up to 3 years.

If the alleged offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a school zone, penalties are much more harsh, including fines of up to $2,000, a period of incarceration of up to 180 days in the Bergen County Jail, a suspension of driving privileges of up to 20 years, and a mandatory ignition interlock.

Assault by auto is a third-degree crime, carrying possible penalties of up 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison and fines of up to $15,000. If the alleged crime took place within 1,000 feet of a school, it becomes a second-degree crime, punishable by 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with these or similar offenses, the consequences can be serious, resulting in substantial prison terms and financial penalties. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your freedom and your rights.

For additional information, see the following article:Mahwah man arrested after truck hits bicyclist

The Tormey Law Firm, LLC, in Paramus, New Jersey, serves clients in Bergen County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County and beyond, including Hackensack, Fort Lee, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Montvale, Paramus, Jersey City, Morristown, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, Mount Olive Paterson, Clifton, Wayne Palisades Interstate, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook and Teaneck.

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