Virginia Is for Felonies? Petty Theft Law From 1980s Sticks

Originally by Alanna Durkin Richer via AP

“Stealing a $230 pair of eyeglasses would land you a misdemeanor conviction in most states. Shoplifting the same item in Virginia could make you a felon for life.

To keep pace with inflation, at least 30 states have raised the dollar minimum for felony charges in the last two decades. Three dozen have a threshold of $1,000 or more, and Wisconsin and Texas won’t charge thefts of less than $2,500 as felonies, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Virginia, however, has kept its felony bar at $200 since 1980, when that money had the same buying power as nearly $600 does today. Virginia is tied with New Jersey for having the nation’s lowest felony threshold.”

NJ is one of the only other states that charges a felony for thefts and shopliftings starting at $200. – Criminal Law Attorney Tim Farrow

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How to Handle a Police Traffic Stop

This is a straightforward and accurate video describing how to react if you are pulled over by the police during a traffic stop. Knowing what your rights are and what the law is regarding traffic stops and traffic violations is crucial to avoiding legal pitfalls.

Rossen Reports: What are your rights during a traffic stop?

With traffic stops making headlines across the country, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen is in Rochester, New York to demonstrate what you are required to do when the police pull you over, and whether you have the right to record the incident and to refuse to have your car searched.

Congratulations to Dash Farrow, LLP partner Tim Farrow for being named a 2016 Top Attorney by SJ Magazine!

Photo Credit “David Michael Howarth Photography”

From South Jersey Magazine:

“Every year, we ask SJ attorneys to tell us which of their peers have made an impressive and lasting mark in the legal field. They’re the counselors who are committed to upholding both the spirit and letter of the law. Our Top Attorney list showcases those successful professionals who deserve special recognition.”

About Moorestown, NJ Law firm Dash Farrow, LLP:

Since founding the firm in 2008, Dash and Farrow have provided expert legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the region in areas such as real estate, litigation, corporate, criminal defense, and DUI.

With experience in a variety of legal issues, including high-profile cases receiving national attention, Ben is often called upon to share his legal knowledge of real estate, corporate transactions, and litigation matters with business, trade and professional groups.

Before devoting his career to criminal defense more than 10 years ago, Tim worked on the other side of the courtroom – first as a law clerk in Camden County Superior Court for a criminal judge, then as an assistant prosecutor in Burlington County. Today, Tim provides criminal defense at all levels, including against driving-related charges, disorderly persons offenses and indictable (felony) offenses. Tim was recognized as a top South Jersey juvenile attorney by SJ Magazine this year!

SJ Magazine Top Attorneys 2016 – FULL LIST

For more information about Dash Farrow, LLP or to schedule a consultation, call 856-235-8300.

Murder Trial Ends in Mistrial

After a month-long trial and five (5) days of jury deliberations in Camden County Superior Court, the Court yesterday declared a mistrial based upon the jury’s failure to reach a unanimous verdict.  Timothy Farrow’s client faces up to a Life Imprisonment, and a retrial has now been scheduled for April 17, 2017.  “A Not Guilty Verdict in a Murder trial is never an easy decision for a jury to make, so I am pleased that at least some of the jurors were convinced enough to hold their ground.  This is the second Hung Jury/Mistrial and my client has been in jail for nearly five (5) years, so a Motion to Dismiss will be filed prior to a third retrial.”

 

State Offers Time-Served to Avoid Retrial of Murder

Timothy Farrow’s client was scheduled to start a second trial today on his charge of Murder in Camden County Superior Court.  The first trial ended last June in a Mistrial, based upon the jury’s failure to reach an unanimous verdict.  Based upon the mistrial and arguments and proof issues raised by Farrow in the first trial, the State greatly reduced its plea offer.  Although the Murder charge carried up to Life Imprisonment, Farrow’s client accepted an offer of four years in State Prison, and based upon his credit for time-served, he is scheduled to be released next month on his sentencing date.

Tim Farrow, of Dash Farrow, LLP, is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor who handles criminal defense matters of any kind.  When you need experienced, focused, and responsive legal help, call Dash Farrow, LLP at 856-235-8300 or Contact Us Here. We serve individuals and businesses throughout Burlington and Camden County, and all of South Jersey.

N.J. Rethinks Bail – Who Gets Out, Who Stays Jailed

Originally by Maddie Hanna via Trenton Bureau

“As of Sunday, suspects arrested in New Jersey will no longer face the prospect of being stuck in jail solely because they can’t make bail.

But some accused offenders will no longer have any chance of being released before trial, under sweeping changes now in place throughout the state.

The bail-reform package that Gov. Christie and state lawmakers partnered to pass in 2014 – a portion of which voters approved with a ballot question that year – is finally in effect, though concerns about its costs haven’t been resolved.

Instead of getting cash bail set by judges, defendants now will be subject to an analytic tool assessing their criminal histories that will help determine whether they should be released or jailed pretrial. Prosecutors will have to argue if they want a defendant to be held beyond an initial commitment.”

The Bail Reform Act is a major change to the NJ Criminal Justice System. The good news is that a huge number of defendants who could not afford to post bail pending trial under the old system now are being released pending trial without having to post bail. The bad news is that all defendants arrested must now be detained in County Jail for up to 48 hours before a Judge determines if they can be released. Previously, a defendant who could afford bail could post it immediately at the police station and never set foot into the police station. Detention for any period in County Jail is very traumatic, so that is a huge shock to the system for a lot of first-time offenders. It is crucial therefore that family or friends of any person arrested contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to navigate this brand-new playing field. – Criminal Law Attorney Tim Farrow

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Photo credit Nancy Rokos | For BCT.com

“It was a very challenging case, and even more so considering the jury did not have the option of lesser-included manslaughter charges. That among other potential appeal issues will be discussed with my client” – Tim Farrow

Excerpt from article by Rose Krebs (BurlingtonCountyTimes.com):

“A jury found a Cinnaminson man guilty of all charges related to the brutal murder of his girlfriend and father last year in Mount Holly.

Dennis Pozniak, 29, was stoic in court while family members of his victims quietly wept as the jury returned the verdict Monday afternoon.

Pozniak was found guilty of fatally bludgeoning 25-year-old Nicole Wilson and her father, 52-year-old Bryan Wilson, with a pipe wrench as they slept late on the night of Jan. 30 or early on Jan. 31, 2015, at the home they shared on Washington Street.

After deliberating for a little over seven hours over three days — and for only about 20 minutes Monday — the jurors found Pozniak guilty of the two murders and two weapons offenses.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27. Pozniak, who is being held at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, faces the possibility of life in prison.

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