Successfully represented A.M. in an MVC/DMV matter. A.M. was facing an administrative suspension of his driving privileges for no fewer than six (6) months for operating a motor vehicle during a period of prior suspension. Mr. Kessous was able to timely object to the suspension and demand a hearing. It was at this hearing that Mr. Kessous raised legal issues that resulted in a compromise with the MVC/DMV to suspend A.M.’s privileges for only fifteen (15) days rather than the initially decreed six (6) months.
Successfully represented R.Q.M. in a Municipal Court in Union County. R.Q.M. was charged with DWI offense after a motor vehicle accident and purportedly had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading of .18, well over 2x the legal limit. Mr. Kessous was able to have the reading excluded based on technical issues learned by Mr. Kessous during his participation as one of only a few litigants in the landmark State v. Chun DWI Supreme Court case years earlier. It was in the Chun matter that the parameters for the utilization of breath tests from the Alcotest were defined.
51-year-old motorist traveling on a highway in traffic was struck in the rear of (policy limit) her vehicle by the car behind her. She sustained injuries to her right leg, neck, and back.
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by an intoxicated driver. She sustained injuries to her neck, back and knees leading to pain management procedures, as well as spine and knee surgeries.
Successfully represented E.A.P. in a Municipal Court in Union County. E.A.P. was charged with DWI and reckless driving-related offenses and purportedly had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading of .22, well over 3x the legal limit. Mr. Kessous was able to have the reading excluded based on an argument that due to a language barrier at the time of his arrest, Defendant did not effectively waive his statutory right to have a third party transport him to a hospital for independent blood alcohol content testing.
36-year-old motorist traveling in slow moving traffic when she was struck (policy limit) from behind and subsequently pushed into the vehicle in front of her. Injuries sustained were to her back and foot.
47-year-old motorist was stopped at a traffic light when the vehicle behind him failed to brake and struck the rear of his vehicle, resulting in injuries to his neck, back, and severe headaches.
17-year-old passenger in a friend’s vehicle when the friend tried to pass a tractor trailer on the left causing him to lose control and the car overturned. The passenger sustained injuries to his head, back, and a torn ligament in his knee.
47-year-old warehouse employee was crushed by a truck between the loading dock of the warehouse resulting in sever bodily harm.
Successfully defended J.V.R. for an Indictment for 2nd Degree charges of an automobile Burglary and Possession of a Firearm in Mercer County. If convicted, J.V.R. would have been susceptible to a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years, subject to NERA 85% ineligibility for Parole. Furthermore, as a Legal Permanent Resident and not a U.S. Citizen, he was also susceptible to deportation following his prison sentence. As the J.V.R. was positively identified by the victim and the police having garnered a Mirandized confession absent counsel, the case was difficult. Nonetheless, after fully gauging the facts and circumstances of the case, Mr. Kessous was able to resolve the matter with the Prosecutor and the Court to merely a Disorderly Persons (misdemeanor) offense of Trespassing. This resolution maintained a fine of less than $200 and no additional incarceration or probation. It further gave J.V.R.’s immigration attorneys the ability to fight for him to be able to maintain his legal status in the U.S.
45-year-old slipped and fell while paying for groceries at a Pathmark supermarket, resulting in a knee injury that required surgery.
30-year-old roofer slipped and fell off the roof and sustained a lower back and left knee injury.
46-year-old pedestrian walking in a parking lot of a shopping center when a (policy limit) vehicle turned into the parking lot but didn’t see the pedestrian until it was too late. The pedestrian sustained injuries to her head, shoulder, knee, and both arms.
50-year-old motorist traveling straight when a vehicle on a side street sitting (policy limit) at a stop signed failed to yield to the right-of-away vehicle and caused a collision between the two vehicles. He sustained injuries to his back, neck, and head.
Represented H.G. in a municipal court in Middlesex County for a Shoplifting offense. As a school teacher, a criminal conviction for such an offense would have been devastating. Mr. Kessous persuaded the security officer, the municipal prosecutor as well as the Court that the criminal charge should be dismissed as a result of our legal research that confirmed the legal technicality preventing an individual from being convicted for an “attempt” at committing any Disorderly Persons/misdemeanor level offense in a court of law in New Jersey.
Jonathan Kessous, Esq. of the DWI Defense Department represented J.W. in a busy municipal Court in Mercer County for a very DWI violation. After striking a light pole, J.W. was transported to the hospital where blood was drawn. His Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was determined to be .33, more than 4x the legal limit. However, as a result of Mr. Kessous’ motion to suppress the BAC results based on a lack of a warrant to draw the blood, or in the alternative, true informed consent, the reading was excluded. Due to the actual elevated reading, this final result saved the Defendant from a probable jail term, an extensive loss of driving privileges comparable to the ultimate resolution of a three (3) month suspension and ordinarily mandatory installation of a vehicle ignition interlock system.
37-year-old motorist struck from the rear of his vehicle and forcing him to collide into the vehicle in front of him, resulting in pain in his left arm, back, and neck.
Successfully defended C.S. in a municipal court in Union County for an allegation of passing a school bus. If convicted, this offense would have resulted in five (5) points, mandatory community service and possible suspension of driving privileges of up to six (6) months. After extensive negotiations with the State and with the approval of the Court, Mr. Kessous resolved the matter to merely a single, 0 point minor violation.
Plaintiff was a passenger in wife’s vehicle when defendant ran a stop sign striking plaintiffs vehicle. He sustained aggravation of prior injuries to his low back requiring pain management procedures and spine surgery.
52-year-old woman was shopping at a local Target when she slipped and fell on blue detergent that had fallen off the shelf and spilled in the center of the isle. The woman sustained injuries to her back and left leg.
44-year-old motorist struck when the defendant failed to stop at a red light resulting in significant back injury including surgeries. Read more…
38-year-old motorist proceeded to stop at the traffic light when the vehicle behind him failed to brake and struck the back of his vehicle. He sustained injuries to his lower back and neck.
A woman went into the hospital in labor. The doctor informed her that it was not time to deliver the baby and delayed the delivery for eight hours. The baby was born with brain damage causing a severe developmental delay.
Successfully defended A.R.A. in a city municipal court in Union county. Mr. Kessous was able persuade the State to completely dismiss a criminal charge of Obstruction the Administration of Law. As the Defendant was attempting to adjust his status to remain in the country, this result was critical to his aspirations.