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1 Recent cases FRO reserved where Judge did not find need to prevent imminent future harm or risk of future abuse  

2 Wife posting video asking for assistance to obtain Jewish get was not harassment under DV law

Directive #04-24 Regarding Ignition Interlock Devices in DWI cases based on New Law

4 Trust for care of animals in Will. 

Extreme risk protection order to remove firearms (EPRO)

 1 Recent cases: Restraining Order FRO reversed where Judge did not find need to prevent imminent future harm or risk of future abuse  S.Y.R. v. R.R.

 Defendant appealed trial court's entry of a FRO pursuant to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Plaintiff filed a complaint for divorce and obtained a TRO that required defendant to move out of the marital home. In support of the TRO, plaintiff asserted that defendant had twice harassed her in the prior year. Upon final hearing, plaintiff referred to the two incidents as sexual assaults, but the TRO alleged only harassment. Plaintiff admitted that she acquiesced on both occasions, that defendant did not use force or restrain her in any fashion, and that such conduct had occurred throughout their thirteen-year marriage. Plaintiff also testified about unrelated incidents, none of which were near in time to her application for a TRO. Instead, the application was filed within hours after defendant filed an answer to plaintiff's divorce complaint. Defendant testified the parties attended marital counseling in which they were counseled to have intimate relations to repair their marriage, and that he never proceeded with such relations unless plaintiff consented. 

           Trial court granted an FRO. Defendant appealed, contending trial court erred in concluding plaintiff proved the predicate act of harassment under the PDVA, and plaintiff failed to prove the threat of risk of future abuse. Court reversed, reinstated the TRO, and remanded for a new FRO hearing before a different judge. Court admonished that trial court failed to make findings that distinguished the evidence presented as to whether defendant harassed plaintiff, or instead the parties underwent marital contretemps. That required remand, particularly in light of the pending matrimonial proceedings. In addition, trial court failed to state the reasons an FRO was necessary under the totality of the circumstances to prevent imminent future harm or risk of future abuse. A-2657-21 Unreported Source Daily Briefing 9-18-23

2 Wife posting video asking for assistance to obtain Jewish get was not harassment under DV law S.B.B. VS. L.B.B.

 In this matter, the court considered whether defendant's act of making and disseminating a video accusing her estranged husband of improperly withholding a get, a Jewish bill of divorce, and asking community members to "press" her husband to deliver the get constituted the predicate act of harassment, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4(a), to justify the issuance of a final restraining order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA), N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 to -35. The court held that defendant's communication was protected by the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and the New Jersey Constitution and did not fall into any of the narrow exceptions—incitement to imminent violence or true threats—which would rob it of its protected status. The court likewise concluded that because defendant's communication was not impermissibly invasive of plaintiff's privacy and was animated by a legitimate purpose, the acquisition of a get, rather than a purpose to harass, it was not violative of the harassment statute. Lastly, the court held that plaintiff's allegation that there was a general tendency of violence toward get refusers in the Jewish community was inapposite because the claim was not supported by the record and because the theoretical possibility that a third party will commit a criminal act cannot render otherwise permissible speech unlawful. As a result, the court vacated the final restraining order entered against defendant. DOCKET NO. A-0305-21 Unreported Source Daily Briefing  

3. Directive #04-24 Regarding Ignition Interlock Devices in DWI cases based on New Law

 This Directive highlights a recent law (L. 2023, c. 191) regarding the ignition interlock device (interlock) that affects defendants charged with some violations of New Jersey's driving while intoxicated (DWI) law. An interlock requires a driver to pass a breath alcohol content test (by blowing into the device) before they can start their vehicle. This Directive rescinds and supersedes Directive #25-19 ("Implementation of New DWI Law...," issued December 5, 2019).

L. 2023, c. 191 , signed into law on December 21, 2023, has two effective dates for different provisions. The information below provides several broad highlights; the legislation is attached and should be consulted for details and guidance.

• The enactment extended the expiration date of the interlock law (L. 2019, c. 248) until January 1, 2029.

• Effective February 19, 2024, the law provides that someone arrested for certain DWI offenses may - after arrest and before any conviction - voluntarily install an interlock in one motor vehicle they own, lease, or principally operate. N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.

o This voluntary installation of the interlock after arrest and before conviction may, upon conviction, eliminate the fine and reduce the period of a driver's license suspension. The law requires that such a defendant must possess a valid New Jersey driver's license in good standing at the time of the offense and maintain that license in good standing until the date of conviction. The law also considers whether the violation resulted in serious bodily injury to another person.

o The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is required by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.21 to designate facilities where ignition devices may be installed. A list is posted on MVC's website.

o Once an interlock is installed, the person can then present the necessary documents, as set forth in the statute, to the Motor Vehicle Commission to request a driver's license with a notation stating that the person is not to operate a motor vehicle unless it is equipped with an interlock.

o An order from the Municipal Court is not required for this voluntary, pre-conviction process.

Note: Defendants who do not voluntarily install an interlock prior to sentencing must have their license suspended indefinitely by the court upon conviction, until they install an interlock device.

• Also effective February 19, 2024, the law modifies certain penalty provisions, including the length of driver’s license suspension for convictions of DWI and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test, and increases the time period for which an interlock is required for such offenses. These modifications also will expire January 1, 2029.

(L. 2023, c. 191) – 

Rescinds and Supersedes Directive #25-19

Source https://www.njcourts.gov/sites/default/files/notices/2024/03/n240402a.pdf

 So, in many cases VercammenLaw may be able to help prevent a loss of driver's license so someone can drive to work, school and help family.

 4 Trust for care of animals in Will. 3B:31-24

a. A trust may be created , EITHER IN A WILL OR A TRUST, to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.

b. A trust authorized by this section may be enforced by the settlor or by a person appointed in the terms of the trust or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the court. A person having an interest in the welfare of the animal may request the court to appoint a person to enforce the trust or to remove a person appointed.

c. Property of a trust authorized by this section may be applied only to its intended use, except to the extent the court determines that the value of the trust property exceeds the amount required for the intended use. Except as otherwise provided in the terms of the trust, property not required for the intended use shall be distributed to the settlor, if then living, otherwise to the settlor's estate.

L.2015, c.276, s.1.

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Extreme risk protection order to remove firearms (EPRO)

A family member can ask the court to remove firearms from someone deemed an immediate threat. This is called an "extreme risk protection order" (EPRO) or firearm removal order.

How to File a Petition

While firearm removals do not involve criminal charges, the criminal division of Superior Court handles those requests. Firearm removals and procedures are defined in the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018.

The procedure is modeled after domestic violence restraining orders, which include firearm removal. Consider a full restraining order if you are a victim of domestic violence.

A firearm removal request begins with an ERPO petition. The petition needs to state why the person is a threat to others or at risk for self-harm. It includes questions related to 15 risk factors. The petition needs to tell the court what guns are owned and where they are located. The person filing becomes the “petitioner” and the alleged threat is the “respondent.” 

File the petition in the county where the respondent lives. If you file outside of the county where the respondent resides, it will be sent to the correct court. Submit the petition to:

Under the ERPO Act, law enforcement agents can provide information to complete the petition. Actions they can take include:

  • Providing information on what risk factors the court considers.
  • Joining the petition.
  • Referring the petition to additional law enforcement agencies.
  • Filing their own petition.

There are special procedures for petitions against law enforcement officers. The petition must be filed where the individual works. This triggers an internal affairs (IA) investigation. The county prosecutor must review the report and decide whether it should be submitted to the court.

There are no filing fees for a firearm removal petition, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:58-23(c).

Who Can File a Petition

Family members can file firearm removal petitions directly with the court. Under N.J.S.A 2C:58-23(a) family members include:

  • A spouse, domestic partner, or partner in a civil union couple.
  • A former spouse, domestic partner, or partner in a civil union couple.
  • A present or previous household member.
  • Any co-parent or guardian of a child in common.
  • Anyone who is expecting a child with the alleged individual.
  • A current or former dating partner. 

Law enforcement agents are also able to file a petition directly with the court. 

Anyone not listed above needs to go a law enforcement agency and ask them to file the petition. The agency decides whether to honor the request and file the petition. Law enforcement and prosecutors need to follow specific guidelines for these requests.  

Preparing for Court

When you file with the Superior Court, court staff will interview you. Your responses are filed in the protective restraining order system (PROS).

The first hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible. During regular court hours, a Superior Court judge will hear the petition. During off hours, a municipal court judge will hear the petition. to provide “good cause” for removing firearms. If successful, the court will issue a temporary firearm removal order. 

If a municipal judge denies the petition, you can request an immediate appeal hearing with an on-call Superior Court judge. If a Superior Court judge denies the request, you can appeal with the Appellate Division of Superior Court.

The final hearing is scheduled within 10 days of the petition. It can take longer if the respondent needs to be served with the petition. During the final hearing both the petitioner and respondent can make their case. 

While attorneys are not required, both parties have a right to representation. However, these cases do not qualify for a public defender or other court assistance. Either party seeking representation needs to hire a private attorney. 

Defending Yourself in Final Hearings

Respondents have a right to defend themselves in court. You will receive a copy of the petition and have time to prepare your defense for the final hearing. You can request an expedited final hearing. This shortens the time the temporary order is in effect. 

During the final hearing, you can:

  • Testify in your defense.
  • Present witnesses for your defense.
  • Submit any relevant documents.
  • Cross-examine any witnesses for the petitioner.
  • Present any additional information relevant to your case.

Final Firearm Removal Order

The final order is issued if the court finds a “preponderance of evidence” confirming the extreme risk. Upon the order, the respondent must:

  • Surrender all firearms and ammunition to law enforcement.
  • Surrender any license to purchase, own or carry firearms.

The respondent cannot own, receive, purchase, or use firearms under the final order. The court can issue a search warrant if there is probable cause that the respondent still possesses firearms. The search warrant can only be issued for the property listed in the petition.

Requesting a Termination of a Final Order

The final order stays in effect forever or until another court order. The petitioner or respondent can request termination of the final order. The petition must include why the respondent is no longer a risk. Additional documentation might be required.



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1.  Recent cases Criminal charges out of state must be set forth on Expungement petition

2 Playing Recording of standard DWI statement in court permitted here

3 Stop of robbery suspect based on surveillance permitted here

4. How to Select the Right Estate Planning Attorney

 1  Recent cases Criminal charges out of state must be set forth on Expungement petition

 In the Matter of Expungement Application of K.M.G

 In this appeal of first impression, the court must determine whether the "clean slate" statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:52-5.3, which permits an expungement of a New Jersey criminal record if ten years have passed "from the date of the person's most recent conviction," applies to a conviction from another state. (Emphasis added). The trial court entered an order expunging petitioner's New Jersey criminal record after determining her 2017 Virginia misdemeanor conviction did not preclude eligibility for expungement under the "clean slate" statute because an out-of-state conviction does not constitute a "most recent conviction."  The State contends the trial court erred in its interpretation of the "clean slate" statute, arguing petitioner's Virginia conviction must be considered, and because it was entered within ten years of her petition for expungement, her petition should have been denied. 

The court reverses because the text of the "clean slate" statute and related expungement statutes do not support the trial court's interpretation to preclude consideration of an out-of-state conviction from the phrase "most recent conviction." Moreover, such interpretation defies common sense given the "clean slate" statute's purpose to expunge a criminal record of an applicant who has not violated the law within ten years of their last New Jersey conviction. Consequently, petitioner's Virginia offense presently disqualifies her from expungement of her New Jersey criminal record under the "clean slate" statute. A-0363-22

2 Playing Recording of standard DWI statement in court permitted here

State v. Lora

       Defendant appealed his convictions for DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test. Officers stopped a vehicle driving with no headlights in the middle of the night. Officer observed defendant had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Defendant stated he had drunk a few light beers. Defendant failed three field sobriety tests and was arrested. A recorded Standard Statement was played for defendant several times and he stated he wanted his lawyer before he provided a breath sample. Defendant ultimately refused to provide a breath sample, was read his Miranda rights and invoked his right to remain silent. Municipal judge denied defendant's motion to suppress the stop, found officer was credible, denied defendant's attempt to introduce a video showing how the vehicle's lights never went off that had not been provided in discovery and convicted defendant. Law Division was unpersuaded by defendant's arguments, found the evidence as to the headlights was not relevant and found defendant guilty. Court affirmed finding there was probable cause for the traffic stop, officer was credible and had probable cause to arrest defendant, and there was credible evidence to support the DWI conviction. Additionally, defendant's statements demonstrated he understood the Standard Statement and trial court properly found video was not relevant. Unreported source  NJLJ 6/19/23

Stop of robbery suspect based on surveillance permitted here

 State v. Murphy

      Defendant appealed trial court's order denying his motion to suppress evidence seized following his arrest. A Port Authority Police Department detective interviewed a victim who had been robbed at a train station. The victim described the robber with details as to his height, race, physique, and clothing. The detective used surveillance footage to trace the suspect's movements back to a different train station, noting the suspect's height and weight and distinctive aspects of his pants. Surveillance footage from the other train station allowed the detective to determine what train car the suspect had ridden in. Some three and a-half hours after the robbery, the detective met the train car to obtain its surveillance video when he saw defendant, who matched the description of the suspect. Defendant was informed he matched the description of a robbery suspect and was taken to an interview room. Defendant was handcuffed at the time, but officers temporarily removed the handcuffs to allow him to empty his pockets to ensure officer safety. The contents of defendant's pockets included a benefit card bearing the robbery victim's name. Defendant subsequently gave a statement. Defendant moved to suppress that evidence, arguing police lacked probable cause to arrest him, and his statement and the search incident to arrest were unlawful. Trial court denied the motion, concluding the totality of the circumstances established probable cause for the arrest. Defendant appealed. Court affirmed. Court cited the reasons set out in trial court's thorough and well-written opinion, observing that the victim's suspect description was not vague, and that the subsequent details gathered by the detective, including the suspect's movements and clothing, demonstrated trial court's probable cause finding was not erroneous. Unreported Source Daily Briefing - 08-23-23

    4. How to Select the Right Estate Planning Attorney

 You need to make sure all the pieces of your puzzle fit together, like beneficiary designation, consistency, awareness of the law, and understanding what type of plan is appropriate for you. This is where working with a professional is essential. If the goal is to make things as easy as possible for your loved ones when you’re gone or during your incapacity, choosing the right attorney becomes essential. 

     Estate planning is complicated. If you want to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases, you have to find an attorney who is focused on estate planning. We keep up-to-date on changing laws. We have many tools at our disposal because we’ve been working in this are for 35 years. We have solutions for whatever the situation might be. Often, we have clients who are embarrassed to tell us about, for example,  a child who has a heroin addiction. It’s hard to talk about those things but we’ve handled all of those situations before. In fact, we can virtually guarantee you we’ve handled it before and we have a great solution for you. 

     It’s very important that you’re comfortable with your estate planning attorney. This is a long-term relationship and you want to be comfortable calling with questions. You don’t want to feel judged and you want to be happy going every two to three years and having that review, without it being an excruciating process.

     Reputation is important. You can’t always depend entirely on the simplicity of rating systems, particularly since legal services also aren’t like sitting down at a restaurant and eating a meal. It’s a little more complicated than that, but their rating and reputation is still a good indicator of where they fit in the scheme of things. The ancient Romans are quoted as saying “knowledge is power.” But, a closer translation is “know-how is power.” You need to find an attorney with know-ho of the law as it actually plays out. That’s the planning we do for people. It’s not something you can regurgitate from a book or cut-and-paste from a template. It is something that we really understand and know It’s how we can better assist and protect your family. 

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Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar

April 30 , 2024 at 6:30 in person

  This event will take place in-person  at the Woodbridge Main Library. 

Free program open to the public, you do not need to be a Township resident to attend.

This is where participants can register :


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1.  Supreme Court now permits DWI plea bargains effective February 23, 2024

2. Ten Common Mistakes in Special Needs Planning 

3 Welcome back Mike McDonald to our office

4   Information on the Knights of Columbus

5. If Arrested at a St. Patrick’s Parade 

6. Photo Monmouth County Commissioner Director Arnone

1   Supreme Court DWI plea bargain are allowed per new DWI statute effective February 23, 2024

  NJ Supreme Court officially removed Guideline 4 which had prohibited plea bargaining of DWIs in the Municipal Court. The Court order is expressed as comity with the Legislature's view in the recent DWI statute amendments. This changes 40 plus years on prohibition on DWI plea bargains. The Supreme Court recognized the new   plea-bargaining statute which became effective on February 19, 2024. L.2023, c. 191, §§ 2, 9.


   DWIs  can possibly  be plea bargained as long as there's a factual basis.

Accordingly, in the interest of comity, the Court adopts the

statement of policy in the amendment to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 and withdraws Guideline 4.

2. Ten Common Mistakes in Special Needs 

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA


1. Failure to Start with a Life Care Plan.

A life care plan can be designed by a professional, a parent, or another family member with the assistance of professionals. The life care plan should begin by identifying the future needs of the child with a disability and establishing a standard of living that the parent wants for the child with a disability. The cost of the standard of living should then be established. This would include a discussion of immediate cash needs such as a home, a vehicle, repayment of debt, clothing and shoes, a computer, a cell phone, etc. A monthly budget should then be established, including shelter, transportation, and personal needs. How will all of these needs be met financially? The child with a disability may be receiving some benefits that can pay some expenses, and some can be paid for by accessing the trust. Assuming the trust can pay 3.3% per year for annual maintenance of the child with a disability, how much will be required to fund the trust? Does the parent have sufficient assets? If not, will whole life insurance be required?

2. Leaving Assets Directly to Your Child with a Disability. 

Many parents have a will leaving assets outright to their children, including their child with a disability. This mistake renders the child with a disability ineligible for means-tested public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Best practice dictates that the parents leave the assets to the child with a disability in a special needs trust to maintain the child’s public benefits.

3. Dividing Assets Equally Among All Children. 

The instinct of parents is to divide their assets equally among their children on death. Parents love their children equally and want to treat them fairly. The problem is that if there is a child with a disability who is unable to work and support themself, that child will have greater needs. Best practice dictates determining what the child with a disability may need and carving that out first, then dividing any remaining assets among the healthy children who can support themselves. This often requires the purchase of whole life insurance.

4. Failure to Access Public Benefits. 

Many parents who have a child with a disability apply for SSI for their child with a disability before the child attains age 18 and are rejected because their household income and assets are too high. The parents do not realize that after age 18 the income and assets of the parents are no longer deemed to the child with a disability, and another application should be made to qualify the child for SSI. In some states, an individual receiving SSI automatically receives Medicaid. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), Federally Assisted Housing, and many other state programs may also be available.

5. Failure to Maximize Public Benefits. 

Parents often fail to maximize public benefits available to a child with a disability. Parents commonly provide food and shelter for their child with a disability, which will cause the child to receive a one-third reduction in their SSI payment. The one-third reduction in the SSI payment for 2024 amounts to $313.33 per month. By executing a lease with the child with a disability and receiving payment from the child’s SSI payment for food and shelter, the SSI payment can be maximized. Parents often overlook other public benefits that may be available, including those set forth previously in the paragraph titled Public Benefits. These should be explored, and eligibility for these public benefits should be considered.

6. Failure to Obtain a Living Will and Power of Attorney for a Child with a Disability. 

Often a guardianship in the future can be avoided, assuming the child with a disability has capacity, by having the child execute a medical power of attorney and financial power of attorney appointing parents or other family members as health care representative for purposes of making medical decisions or as agent under a power of attorney to make financial decisions.

7. Obtaining Guardianship When Guardianship is Not Necessary. 

In many instances, once a child with a disability is age 18 and has limited ability to make decisions, the child may be able to make decisions with the support of a person such as a parent, family member, friend, or organization. An alternative to an unnecessary guardianship would be a supported decision-making agreement.

8. Failure to Obtain Guardianship. 

Many parents fail to obtain guardianship for their child with a disability upon the child attaining age 18 when that child is incapacitated and unable to make decisions. Without a guardianship or authority under a medical or financial power of attorney, the parent has no legal authority to make medical or financial decisions on behalf of the child. Parents could be appointed guardians of the person or guardians of the property.

9. Relying on Other Family Members to Take Care of the Child with a Disability. 

Other family members, particularly siblings, are often ready, willing, and able to assist with providing care for a person with a disability. However, when the time comes to provide that assistance, problems often arise. Frequently, there is an understanding that the child with a disability will live with a sibling. Sometimes this works; often, it does not. Occasionally, the sibling’s spouse strenuously objects, and sometimes the sibling realizes this undertaking would be enormous. Often, a sibling is willing to offer limited assistance, such as working with a disability organization or trustee, to ensure that the life care plan developed for the child with a disability is implemented correctly. In most cases, this is a realistic target.

10. Waiting.

Many clients wait too long to plan. The longer a client waits to plan, the less likely it will be that sufficient assets will be set aside to provide the necessary standard of living for the child with a disability.

     From Begley Law Group. begleylawgroup.com


     Tom Begley Jr., Esq., a distinguished author and speaker in New Jersey. Tom’s website has a wealth of information and forms on Medicaid, Special needs planning, and guardianship. Ken Vercammen has been fortunate to serve as a speaker with Mr. Begley for the NJ State Bar Association  numerous times.

    Begley Law Group, P.C. has served the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia area as a life-planning firm for over 85 years.  Our attorneys have expertise in the areas of personal injury settlement consulting, special needs planning, Medicaid planning, estate planning, estate & trust administration, guardianship, and estate & trust litigation.

Contact us today to begin the conversation.

      This newsletter is not intended as a substitute for legal counsel.  While every precaution has been taken to make this newsletter accurate, we assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information in this newsletter. 

More info at https://www.specialneedsalliance.org/the-voice/ten-common-mistakes-in-special-needs-planning/

3 Welcome back Mike McDonald to our office

Also Welcome Dayona Gilbert, future Law student at CUNY 

    Best wishes to Andrei Pilipetskii JD, who is leaving to finish Masters in Elder Law. Thank you for years of hard work. Also best wishes to Chris Ayala who is now pursuing Masters in Computer Science via GI Bill.

 4 Information on the Knights of Columbus

   When Ken Vercammen attended the University of Scranton, he was invited and joined the Knights of Columbus.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Candidates join local units, called "councils," most of which are based in one Catholic parish, or in the community at large. The candidate takes part in initiation degrees that explain the Knights of Columbus´ four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.


      A candidate is considered a "Knight" after taking his First Degree, but he is encouraged to advance through the Second and Third Degrees and on to the Fourth Degree, whose members promote the virtue of patriotism by serving in honor guards, color corps and promoting respect for country and the flag.

Knights of Columbus have a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in this heritage and build for an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective fraternal organization.

     Ken is now a member of Knights of Columbus, Council #5611Spring Lake.

Grand Knight Kevin Fay advises If a Catholic gentleman  who is between the ages of 18 and 110 wishes to join the Knights of Columbus, Please let him know! : kevintfay@verizon.net; (732) 681-4128. We would love for them to join us!

The Knights of Columbus are a Catholic , Fraternal Organization, that serve their Priests and Parishes, throughout the U.SA.

They perform various works of charity, throughout the year.

Membership is free for the first year, and open to Catholic men, 18 years old, and older. The Knights of Columbus have a proud heritage. Catholic men can share in this heritage, and build for an even greater future, by affiliating himself with this wonderful, Fraternal organization.

       Grand Knight Kevin recommends that you join Knights of Columbus, Council #5611. Put Council # “5611” as the Council you wish to join. Grand Knight Kevin Fay will easily transfer you to your local Council. Kevin invites you to his home, to view the 26 minute video: “ Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity”, and have free pizza. As soon as you view the video, you become a full-fledged Knight of Columbus, and receive your 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees. Kevin Faye will be happy to answer any questions!

       Ken Vercammen is a 3rd degree and 4th degree member. Previously a member of Edison Pope Pius Council.

5 Arrested at a St. Patrick’s Parade ?

Penalties if arrested 

   Over 100 police and law enforcement will be out at parades to charges persons for drunk & disorderly matters.

 Disorderly person criminal offenses- ex Simple Assault, shoplifting & cases in Municipal Court

 Jail 2C: 43- 8      jail  6-month maximum max

                         probation 1-2 year                                    

                         community service  180 days maximum  

                       mandatory costs, VCCB and other penalties

Disorderly- fines:     2C: 43- 3     $1,000 Fine  maximum        

There are dozens of other penalties a court can impose, depending on the type of matter.   

More info at https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/6420448491658025618/2354841753249276313

2C:12-1. Assault. a. Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he:

(1)Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or

(2)Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or

(3)Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

•     Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense.

      Resisting Arrest

It is a criminal offense in the State of New Jersey (2C: 29-2) for a person to purposely prevent a law enforcement officer from effecting a lawful arrest. Often a crime of the fourth degree.

    Indictable Crime Penalties    [Felony type]  [ Superior Court]

•        Jail  potential          Fine max                 Probation

•        1st degree             10- 20 years       $200,000 [presumption of jail]

•     2nd degree                         5-10 years   $150,000 [presumption of jail]

•     3rd degree                         3- 5 years    $15,000   1 year- 5 year

•     4th degree                         0- 18 months       $10,000   1 year- 5 year

Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (2C:29-3)

A person commits an offense if with purpose to hinder the detention, apprehension, investigation, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of another for any crime or motor vehicle violation.

•     Depending on the circumstances, a crime of the third degree, fourth degree, or a disorderly persons offense.

Disorderly conduct 2C:33-2. a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he

(1)   Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or

(2)   Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act, which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.

b. Offensive language. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense if, in a public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.

“Public” means affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access; among the places included are highways, transport facilities, schools, prisons, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, or any neighborhood.

·      Petty Disorderly person - 30 days jail   maximum

Petty DP $500 max Fine, VCCB and other penalties

Sometimes an experienced attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced to a Municipal Ordinance. Other times for first offenders we can make a motion for the first offenders program, Conditional dismissal. 

Possession, Use or Being Under the Influence, or Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of illegal drugs (2C: 35-10)

It is a criminal offense for any person knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog [other than weed].

•     Depending on the circumstances, a crime of third degree, fourth degree, or a disorderly persons offense.

         2C:33-15 Possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under legal age; penalty

Jail 2C: 43- 8          potential jail  6 month maximum 

             probation 1-2 year max                                                  

             community service  180 days maximum  


Disorderly- fines:    $500- $1,000 Fine  maximum  under 2C: 43- 3

         plus mandatory costs, VCCO and other penalties     

  33:1-81 Underage drinking and Misrepresenting age to induce sale or delivery to minor

fine 500-1,000, court costs and other penalties

If charged with any criminal offense, immediately schedule an appointment with a criminal trial attorney. Don’t rely on a real estate attorney, public defender or a family member who took a law class in school. When your life and career is on the line, hire the best attorney available.

      Kenneth Vercammen’s Law Office represents people charged with criminal and Municipal Court offenses. We provide representation throughout New Jersey. Criminal charges can cost you.  If convicted, you can face high fines, jail, Probation  and other penalties.  Don’t give up!  Our Law Office can provide experienced attorney representation for criminal violations. We also help represent persons who are injured at bars and restaurants.


          If charged with any criminal offense, immediately schedule an   appointment with a criminal trial attorney. Don’t rely on a real estate attorney, public defender or a family member who took a law class in school. When your life and career is on the line, hire the best attorney available.


St Patrick Parades Ken V is attending 2024 

   March 2 Mt. Holly St Patrick parade & 5k Sat race11am, parade 1pm


   March 3 Belmar St. Patrick Parade   Sun 1pm


Ken V will be marching with Friendly Sons of the  Shillelagh FSOS Belmar

March 9     Ocean County/Seaside Heights  Parade 

  Saturday  @ Noon 


March 10  Asbury Park, NJ St. Patrick Parade  [bring flask of Irish Coffee w Jamison] @ 1:00 PM   Sunday,    


Ken V will be marching with Friendly Sons of the  Shillelagh FSOS Belmar


6. Photo Monmouth County Commissioner Director Arnone

   Monmouth County Commissioner Director Arnone congratulates Headliner 5k Pound the Pavement Commissioner age group winners Ford, Vercammen Galizio. Spring races listed at http://vercammensport.blogspot.com


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