June 22, 2013, New Jersey criminal defense attorney, Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., was a guest legal commentator on "Justice with Judge Jeanine", on Fox Television station debating whether New Jersey should pass a law to allow police officers on the scene to confiscate cell phones of the drivers involved in the accident after a motor vehicle accident without a warrant to review data usage and data history to determine whether the motorist were using a non-hands free cell phone device causing the accident.
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BREAKING NEWS-RECENT RESULTS
MARCH 15, 2016
SUPERIOR COURT, HUDSON COUNTY, POST-CONVICTION MOTION (PCR) CONCEDED BY THE HUDSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR AFTER FIRST DAY OF TESTIMONY AND CROSS-EXAMINATION OF INEFFECTIVE TRIAL COUNSEL BY ATTORNEY SANZONE. IN THIS CASE THE DEFENDANT RETAINED AN ATTORNEY WITH NO CRIMINAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE. ATTORNEY DID NOT TELL CLIENT THAT HE WOULD BE DEPORTED AS AN AGGRAVATED FELON. CLIENT DETAINED BY IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOM ENFORCMENT. ATTORNEY SANZONE FILED PCR BASED ON INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL. RESULTS CONVICTION REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED TO TRIAL LIST.
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH DWI, DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, DWI IN SCHOOL ZONE, DEFENDANT HAD TWO PRIOR CONVICTIONS, CHARGED AS THIRD OFFENSE, MANDATORY 10-YEARS LOSS OF DRIVERS LICENSE AND MANDATORY 180-DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL. RESULTS: NOT GUILTY OF DWI
OCTOBER 9, 2015
SUPERIOR COURT OCEAN COUNTY, DEFENDANT CHARGED AND INDICTED FOR WITNESS TAMPERING AND BURGLARY IN THE SECOND DEGREE. FOUR DAYS FOR TRIAL OCEAN COUNTY PROSCUTOR DISMISSES WITNESS TAMPERING CHARGE. DEFENDANT EXPOSED TO A FIFTEEN YEARS SENTENCE WITH 85% PAROLE INELIGIBITY. CASE GOES TO TRIAL BEFORE THE HONORABLE WENDAL DANIELS, 10-DAY TRIAL. JURY RETURNS VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY AS TO ALL COUNTS INCLUDING THE LESSER INCLUDED CHARGE OF CRIMINAL TRESPASS.
JUNE 15, 2015
UNION COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, DEFENDANT, ARMORED CAR GUARD, IS CHARGED WITH TWO ARMORED CAR THEFTS, FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO ACCOUNT FOR TWO CASH DEPOSITS AT TWO PICK-UP LOCATIONS. AFTER ATTORNEY SANZONE DEMANDS VIDEO FROM PICK-UP LOCATIONS AND DISCOVERS ARMORED CAR SERVICE IS WRONG WHICH THE VIDEO APPROVES. DEFENDANT WOULD NOT APPLY TO PTI OR TAKE A PLEA. DISPOSITON: UNION COUNTY PROSECUTOR ADMINISTATIVELY DISMISSES ALL CHARGES. CLIENT INTENTS OF SUING ARMORED CAR SERVICE FOR MALICIOUS PROSECUTION AND BACKPAY.
APRIL 17, 2015
UNION COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, BENCH TRIAL, DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDER, TRO, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9B. VERDICT NOT GUILTY
ESSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY, SUPERIOR COURT JURY VERDICT, DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH POSESSION OF WEAPONS HEADGUN, (2ND DEGREE CRIME, 5-10 YEARS WITH PAROLE INELIGIBILITY MANDATORY, POSSESSION OF WEAPONS FOR UNLAWFUL PURPOSES, SECOND DEGREE CRIME 5-10 YEARS AND RECEIVING STOLEN HANDGUN, THIRD DEGREE CRIMIE. JURY VERDICT, NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF HANDGUN, NOT GUILTY POSSESSION OF HANDGUN FOR UNLAWFUL PURPOSE AND NOT GUILTY FOR RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY HANDGUN.
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH LEWDNESS, CLASS B MISDEMEANOR AT FEDERAL BEACH, SANDY HOOK, NEW JERSEY
RESULTS: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-HUDSON COUNTY
DEFENDANT CHARGED AND INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT (2ND DEGREE), AND THEFT (THIRD DEGREE). DEFENDANT FACED A 15-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE WITH PERIOD OF PAROLE INELIGIBILITY. ATTORNEY SANZONE FILED PRETRIAL MOTION TO DISMISS OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE WHICH WAS GRANTED BY COURT. JURY TRIAL, JURY SENDS NOTE TO COUR THAT THEY ARE HUNG, AND CANNOT AGREE WITH A VERDICT. COURT ADJOURNS FOR THE NIGHT AND CALLS THE JURY TO COME BACK IN THE MORNING. WHILE THE JURY IS IN THE JURY ROOM WAITING FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE PROSECUTOR AGREES TO ADMIT THE DEFENDANT INTO PTI WITHOUT A PLEA AND WITHOUT RESTITUTION TO THE ALLEGED VICTIM. THE DEFENDANT IS ADMITTED INTO PTI, THE JURY IS CALLED BACK AND DISCHARGED WITH NOTICE TO THE JURY THAT CASE WAS RESOLVED.
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-UNION COUNTY
DEFENDANT CHARGED AND INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WEAPON FOR UNLAWFUL PURPOSE (2ND DEGREE); UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WEAPON (2ND DEGREE); TERRORISTIC THREATS (3RD DEGREE). DEFENDANT FACES MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 25-YEARS, WITH PAROLE INELIGIBILITY OF 85% FOR TEN YEARS. PLEA OFFER FIVE YEARS IN N.J. STATE PRISON WITH 42-MONTHS OF PAROLE INELIGIBILITY. DISPOSITION: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-UNION COUNTY
DEFENDANT INDICTED BY UNION COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR SECOND DEGREE ELUDING, FACES 10-YEARS SENTENCE PLUS PERIOD OF PAROLE INELIGIBILITY AS PRIOR OFFENDER. DISPOSITION: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
MARCH 7, 2014
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-UNION COUNTY
DEFENANT CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF HANDGUN FOUND UNDER THE THE DRIVER'S SIDE SEAT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN WHICH THE DEFENDANT WAS DRIVING. OWNER OF THE VEHICLE (PASSENGER OF VEHICLE) GIVES CONSENT TO SEARCH VEHICLE AFTER BEING UNCONSTITUTIONALLY COERCED AND LIED TO ABOUT HER RIGHTS TO REFUSE CONSENT TO SEARCH BY POLICE OFFICER REQUESTING THE SEARCH. DEFENDANT GIVES A FULL CONFESSION AT POLICE STATION ADMITING THE HANDGUN WAS HIS. DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF HANDGUN (2ND DEGREE) AND POSSESSION OF HANDGUN BY CONVICTED FELON (CERTAIN PERSON'S, 2ND DEGREE). PLEA OFFER BY UNION COUNTY PROSECUTOR IS SEVEN-YEAR STATE PRISON SENTENCE WITH FIVE-YEARS OF PAROLE INELIGIBILITY. RESULTS: MOTION TO SUPPRESS FILED BY DEFENSE COUNSEL VINCENT J. SANZONE, JR., ESQ. AFTER MOTION HEARING WITH TESTIMONY, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE GRANTGS MOTION, SUPPRESSING THE GUN AS BEING A PRODUCT OF AN ILLEGAL SEARCH (NOT KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARY), AND SUPPRESSING THE CONFESSION OF THE DEFENDANT, AS BEING THE FRUITS OF THAT ILLEGAL SEARCH. DISPOSITION ALL FELONY CHARGES DISMISSED.
JANUARY 17, 2014
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-HUDSON COUNTY DEFENDANT INDICTED FOR SECOND DEGREE OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT MOTION TO DISMISS FILED RESULTS: COURT GRANTS MOTION DISMISSING OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT COUNT. OCTOBER 11, 2013
FEDERAL COURT, DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY, DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH LEDNESS ON FEDERAL PROPERTY, SANDY HOOK BEACH: RESULTS ALL CHARGES DISMISSED BY U.S. ATTORNEY.
JULY 24, 2013
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, UNION COUNTY, STATE BRINGS FORFEITURE ACTION AGAINST DEFENDANT'S AUTOMOBILE, TO WIT, THE SEIZURE OF HIS 2005 AUDI. STATE BASED ITS FORFEITURE ACTION ON CDS FOUND IN VEHICLE, CDS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE AND DEFENDANT FUTURE CRIME OF ARMED ROBBERY BASED ON ITEMS FOUND IN VEHICLE, IMITATION HANDGUNDS AND FACE MASKS, : RESULTS, VERDICT FOR THE DEFENSE, AND STATE COMPELLED TO RETURN VEHICLE. (Copy of Judge's Opinion Attached)
JUNE 24, 2013
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY-UNION COUNTY
DEFENDANT INDICTED FOR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL HANDGUNS FOUND IN TRUNK OF MOTOR VEHICLE IN WHICH THE DEFENDANT OWNED AND WAS OPERATING. RESULTS: MOTION TO SUPPRESS FILED AND GRANTED AFTER MOTION HEARING WITH TESTIMONY. ALL COUNTS DIMISSED AND INDICTMENT DISMISSED.
JUNE 22, 2013
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY VINCENT J. SANZONE, JR., ESQ. WAS A QUEST SPEAKER AND LEGAL COMMENTATOR ON THE T.V. SHOW, "JUSTICE WITH JEANINE", ON FOX TELEVISION NETWORK. THE SHOW IN DEBATE FORMAT WAS WHETHER NEW JERSEY SHOULD PASS A LAW ALLOWING POLICE OFFICERS ON THE SCENE OF AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT TO CONFISCATE THE CELL PHONE OF THE DRIVER INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT, WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT, FOR PURPOSES OF REVIEWING THE DATA HISTORY AND USAGE, TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE MOTORIST WAS USING A NON-HANDS FREE MOBILE DEVICE TO TEXT MESSAGE WHICH CAUSED THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT.
JUNE 19, 2013
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. DEFENDANT INDICTED BY MIDDLESEX GRAND JURY FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROL DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE (CDS), DISTRIBUTION OF CDS ON THREE SEPARATE OCCASSIONS: DISPOSITION, CASE DISMISSED AS TO ALL CHARGES BY MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE AFTER ATTORNEY SANZONE CHALLENGES IDENTIFICATION OF UNDERCOVER PURCHASE BY UNDERCOVER AGENT.
JUNE 4, 2013 SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, UNION COUNTY, ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY, DEFENDANT INDICTED FOR THIRD DEGREE POSSESSION OF TWO ILLEGAL HANDGUNS IN AUTOMOBILE. RESULTS: MOTION TO SUPPRESS GRANTED, AND TWO HANDGUNS RECOVERED SUPPRESSED AS EVIDENCE. DEFENDANT NOW WAITING FOR UNION COUNTY PROSECUTOR TO DISMISS CASE.
MARCH 13, 2013
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, UNION COUNTY, ELIZABETH NEW JERSEY DEFENDANT INDICTED FOR THIRD DEGREE THEFT OF A JEWELRY STORE IN PLAINFIELD, N.J. JURY RETURNED NOT GUILTY VERDICT AS TO ALL COUNTS
DECEMBER 24, 2012
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, WOODBURY, NJ, DEFENDANT CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SECOND DEGREE AFTER JURY TRIAL WITH PREVIOUS ATTORNEY. DEFENDANT RETAINS CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SANZONE FOR APPEAL AND NEW TRIAL MOTION. ATTORNEY FILES NEW TRIAL MOTION BASED ON NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE. RESULT: JUDGE ALLEN-JACKSON VACATES VERDICT AND GRANTS NEW TRIAL. (Read Starledger Article)
DECEMBER 12, 2012
SUPERIOR COURT, SOMERSET COUNTY, SOMERVILLE NEW JERSEY, CLIENT CHARGED AND INDICTED WITH FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT, SENTENCING RANGE, 10-20 YEARS, WITH 85% PERIOD OF PAROLE INELIGIBILITY. RESULT: CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SANZONE OBTAINS DISMISSAL OF ALL FELONY CHARGES.
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
SUPERIOR COURT, UNION COUNTY, ELIZABETH. CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SANZONE OBTAINS NOT GUILTY VERDICT ON ALL COUNTS AFTER JURY TRIAL. ACQUITTED ON FIRST DEGREE ARMED ROBBERY AS AN ACCOMPLICE, THEFT OF MOVABLE PROPERTY, TERRORISTIC THREATS AND POSSESSION OF FIREARM. (See Copy of Verdict Sheet)
Additional Not Guilty Verdicts
Essex County-Superior Court, Defendant charged with Armed Robbery
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Recent Wins,Breaking News:
June 4, 2013, Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Defendant indicted with possession of two firearms, motion to suppress granted, evidence suppressed.
March 15, 2013, Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County. Defendant indicted for theft of jewelry store. Jury verdict not guilty as to all counts.
November 29, 2012, Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County. Defendant charged in four count indictment with first degree armed robbery, second degree theft, third degree terroristic threats, and possession of immidation firearm in commission of armed robbery. Defendant facing 10-20 years with 85% period of parole ineligibility. Results: Jury Verdict of Not Guilty as to all counts.
July 1, 2012, Superior Court, Union County. Defendant charged with armed robbery. Motion to suppress jacket worn in the alleged robbery suppressed. March 19, 2012, Superior Court, EssexCounty. Defendant unjustly and wrongly arrested by Millburn Police Department for credit card fraud. The defendant a resident alien entered the United States from Africa when she was three months old, having never obtained citizenship. If convicted she was subject to automatic deportation to Africa. Essex County Grand Jury indicted defendant for credit card fraud, third degree, stealing or unlawfully taking credit card from third person, third degree crime, fraudulent use of a credit card of another, third degree crime, and falsification of signature of another to unlawfully obtain goods and services, third degree crime. Defendant offered PTI which she refused. Defendant also charged with stealing credit cards in MiddlesexCounty. Motion to consolidate all cases in EssexCounty made and granted. Disposition: All charges dismissed.
December 11, 2011, Superior Court, Essex County. Defendant indicted for Second Degree Aggravated Arson, Second Degree Insurance Fraud, and Third Degree Theft by Deception. Motions filed. Result: On day of trial, Essex County Prosecutor agrees to allow Defendant into the PTI program, in which all charges will be dropped after successful completion. Defendant registered alien was subject to immediate and mandatory deportation if convicted of any of the counts. Defendant rejected pleading to Fourth Degree with sentence of probation, and elected to go to trial until the PTI was finally offered.
December 5, 2011, Superior Court, Hudson County. Defendant charged with possession of narcotics, controlled dangerous substances, cocaine "CDS" with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public park. Motion to suppress filed. Results: Motion to Suppress granted, all charges dismissed and indictment dismissed.
November, 2011, Superior Court, Union County. Defendant indicted for possession of handgun by convicted felon (certain persons), and armed robbery in which a handgun was used. Defendant gave full confession after arrest. Defendant offered 17 years with 85% period of parole ineligibility. Result: After appropriate motions filed, including Miranda Motion, and Entrapment defense motions defendant offered plea of 5 years with 85%, to run concurrent to a new charge.
November, 2011, Superior Court, Union County. Defendant indicted for possession of CDS with intent to distribute and handgun found in his automobile (certain persons), which carries consecutive sentencing. Offer 12 years with 85%. Result: Motion to suppress filed and after the first day of testimony by police officers for the State, Defendant offered five years with one year of parole ineligibility to run concurrent to a new arrest and charge while the first charge was still pending.
October 12, 2011, Monmouth County. Defendant charged with DUI, driving on the revoked list for prior DWI and reckless driving. Defendant breath alcohol reading was 0.23%. Second offender facing minimum two years loss of license and mandatory jail sentence because caught while driving while on the revoked list. Results: All charges completely dismissed on motion to suppress and failure to provide discovery.
September 15, 2011, Union County. Defendant charged with possession of CDS found in automobile. Motion to Suppress filed including defense request for MVR tape. Results: Court granting motion to suppress case dismissed.
July 12, 2011, Fordham Law School Professor and Attorney Sanzone quoted by New York Times Online regarding Strauss-Kahan case.
July 5, 2011, the prominent international European news wire, AFP, quotes attorney Vincent Sanzone predicting that the Manhattan District Attorney will eventually drop all sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn because the alleged victim has no credibility and the D.A. will not risk a trial in which Mr. Strauss-Kahn would be acquitted.
May 16, 2011, Essex County, Superior Court, Remand Court, four day trial, verdict not guilty all counts. Defendant charged with 2C:12-1, 2C:33-1(a), and 2C: 33-4b. If convicted the Defendant, a nursing assistant would have lost her job at a nursing home and be permanently banned from holding any job in the health care industry.
October 18, 2010, Essex County Superior Court, client charged with two counts of second degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. After the close of State's case and cross-examination of alleged victims, State moves to dismiss all charges. Court enters an Order dismissing all charges.
Breaking News: January 15, 2009, Vincent obtains a not guilty verdict for client, in all counts, in criminal jury trial Somerset County, abuse and neglect of incompetent person. State was represented by the Office of N.J. Attorney General. (Read Article As Appeared in News Tribune)
Breaking News: June 12, 2008, Vincent obtains reversal of conviction. New Jersey Supreme Court Overturns Conviction and Grants New Trial for sexual assault.
Attorney Sanzone has also obtained favorable dispositions for his clients for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape, fraud, carjacking, burglary, eluding and bank fraud, check kiting, and proceedings before Chancery Division of Family Part in which the client has been accused of domestic violence.
"Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them." - Matthew 5-7
Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., as a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Elizabeth, NJ, County of Union, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Hudson, Somerset, Ocean and Monmouth county. I concentrate in the area of criminal defense of all crimes in federal, state and municipal courts, throughout the State of New Jersey, and have done so with many not guilty verdicts, dismissals and favorable dispositions in 23-years of practice. In addition if you are a longshoreman, checker and maintance man, and being charged or investigated by the Waterfront Commission who must retain competent legal represenation before that bi-state agency. In addition I have represented criminal defendants in criminal cases in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additionally, my practice includes civil rights litigation, specifically, § 1983 police misconduct cases, in which I have represented individuals who have had their constitutional rights violated by the police.
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Never Give A Statement to the Police- It is essential that defendants understand that they have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by giving a statement to the police, either formally, or informally, prior to consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in NJ.
Right to an Attorney - Defendants have the right to an attorney throughout legal proceedings. The court will appoint an attorney for the defendant at no charge if he/she cannot afford to hire one. However, at the end of the case, you will be billed by the public defender's office, and a judgment and lien will be placed against you for their services.
Right to a Jury Trial - Defendants have the right to a speedy, public jury trial. At the trial, the defendant is presumed innocent, and cannot be convicted unless 12 impartial jurors have been convinced of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Right to Confront Witnesses - Defendants have the right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses testifying against them.
Right Against Self-Incrimination - The defendant has the right to remain silent, to prevent self-incrimination, and the right to testify on their own behalf. Never speak to law enforcement until who have spoken to an experienced criminal defense lawyer in NJ.
Right to Produce Evidence - The defendant has the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring into court all witnesses and evidence favorable to them, at no cost to them.
Just say "No" to Warrantless Searches. Note: If a police officer asks your permission to search, you, your automobile or house, you are under no obligation to consent. The only reason they are asking you is because they don't have enough evidence to search without your consent. If you consent to a search request you give up one of the most important constitutional rights you have, your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Let them obtain a Warrant from an independent magistrate or judge based on probable cause. You have everything to lose, and nothing to gain by consenting. You have rights use them.