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In May of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended L.N.E. from criminal theft related charges within a Municipal Court in Middlesex County.  Despite the existence of surveillance footage clearly confirming the act, Mr. Kessous successfully had the charge amended to that of a non-criminal charge, thus avoiding a criminal conviction that would have resulted in immigration consequences as L.N.E. was not a U.S. citizen.

In May of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended J.R. from a charge of passing a school bus within a busy city court Municipal Court in Mercer County.  Mr. Kessous resolved the matter from a five (5) point ticket that also required mandatory community service to a zero (0) point amendment of fines only.

In May of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended J.A. from Child Endangerment charges within Somerset County.  As a 2nd Degree Crime, J.A. was facing five (5) to ten (10) years New Jersey State Prison for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a BAC of 2x the legal limit with children passengers within in the vehicle.  As J.A. was not a U.S. citizen, he also faced serious immigration consequences from such a conviction.  He was also facing mandatory jail time as this offense also would have constituted his 7th Driving While Suspended offense.  After extensive negotiations with the Prosecutor’s Office Mr. Kessous successfully persuaded the Court and the State to allow him into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program absent any foundational conviction ordinarily required for a 2nd degree charge as well as an amendment of the Driving While Suspended charge to a charge that allowed for community service as opposed to jail.  This gave J.A. a full and fair opportunity to seek a medical remedy to his alcohol issues while simultaneously avoided a criminal conviction that would have been devastating for his family.

In May of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended K.N. from Child Endangerment charges within Somerset County.  As a 2nd Degree Crime, K.N. was facing five (5) to ten (10) years New Jersey State Prison for leaving two children within an inadvertently unlocked car for a few minutes, as one of the children had fallen asleep, while she ran into a store to return some items.  As K.N. worked within the school system, she was also facing a permanent restriction from her chosen field of employment from such a conviction.  After extensive negotiations with the Prosecutor’s Office and prepared submissions detailing her true kind and caring character as a single mother, Mr. Kessous successfully persuaded the Court and the State to allow her into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program absent any foundational conviction ordinarily required for a 2nd degree charge, thus giving K.N. a full and fair opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.

In April of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended Z.V. from a charge of tailgating and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle within a Municipal Court in Middlesex County.  Mr. Kessous resolved the matter from a seven (7) points of tickets to a single zero (0) point amendment of fines only.

In April of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended C.G. from  criminal charges within a Municipal Court in Gloucester County that stemmed from a “sting” operation outside a liquor store to arrest underage college students purportedly attempting to obtain alcoholic beverages.  Mr. Kessous successfully garnered a dismissal of all charges as he noted upon review of discovery demanded missing foundational evidence ordinarily necessary for proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction.

In April of 2016 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., Certified Criminal Trial and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney with Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C., defended S.F. from drug paraphernalia related charges within a Municipal Court in Middlesex County.  Mr. Kessous successfully garnered a complete dismissal of all charges as he noted upon review of discovery demanded that the New Jersey State Police Lab only tested positive for CDS the actual Marijuana that the police discovered on the Co-Defendant’s possession, and at no time tested the paraphernalia that the S.F. voluntarily admitted was his own.  As Mr. Kessous proved that the paraphernalia was legally purchased as a tobacco instrument, the State was not in a position to prove that the resin therein was, in fact, Marijuana.

In 2016, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & Lebrocq, P.C. represented a client accused of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia arising out of a routine traffic stop by Union Twp Police. The Defendant, “M.G.”, was allegedly involved in the incident when she was stopped for a speeding offense on Route 22. At the time of the stop, “M.G.” made an admission to possessing a few bags of marijuana along with a pipe with burnt marijuana residue. During her interaction with Police, “M.G.” also gave consent to Police to search her motor vehicle where the aforementioned contraband was discovered and seized as evidence.

Defendant “M.G.” was exposed to a criminal record, six (6) month term of incarceration, two (2) year suspension of her driving privileges and monetary fines exceeding one thousand ($1000.00) dollars.

After months of intense litigation, Mr. Vella filed a pre-trial discovery motion asking the Court to compel the State to provide discovery within thirty (30) days as well as a speedy trial motion as the case was four (4) months old.

On the day of the Trial, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Union Twp Municipal Court Judge to enforce a Discovery Order suppressing the results of the lab report due to non compliance with the Discovery Order, as well as, a failure to produce chain of custody documents. Without these documents, Mr. Vella argued the results were tainted. Subsequently, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Municipal Prosecutor that they would have a substantial problem proving the drug offense beyond a reasonable doubt and thus, the matter was dismissed in its entirety.

This negotiation was a combination of this law firm’s commitment and expertise as it pertains to litigating drug offenses and due to the development of mutual respect and good will with that particular municipality over a period of years as it is one of the many municipalities within Union County that Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. appears in regularly.


From September of 2015 to April 2016, Pasquale O. Vella, Esq. of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, PC represented “R.B.” in both Middlesex County Superior Court & Sayreville Municipal Court. Originally, “R.B.” was accused of Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Fourth Degree Possession of a Weapon and Fourth Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. These allegations arose from an incident between “R.B.” and the alleged victim at his home. The original complaint accused “R.B” of striking the victim repeatedly with a 2 pound weight on his head causing multiple lacerations. Originally, “R.B.” was facing a potential eighteen (18) month jail term.

Mr. Vella was able to use the victim’s medical records and statements at the time of the incident to convince the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to amend the charge to Simple Assault, dismiss the weapons charges in there entirety and have the case remanded back to Sayreville Municipal Court for disposition. In Sayreville Municipal Court, Mr. Vella was able to assert two affirmative defenses (self-defense and defense of property) to convince the Municipal Prosecutor to hold the case in obeyance for a period of ninety (90) days for “R.B.” to undergo a forensic anger management evaluation. On the day of Trial, Mr. Vella utilized the medical documentation, which cleared “R.B” of any anger/mental issues to get the case Dismissed.


Throughout the Fall and Winter of 2015/2016, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented a client accused of Driving While Intoxicated arising out of a community caretaking investigation in Irvington, New Jersey. The Defendant, “Mario G.”, was exposed to a mandatory seven months to a one year loss of his driving privileges, thirty days in jail, thirty days community service, monetary fines exceeding one thousand ($1000.00) dollars and potential deportation issues. After months of intense litigation, including numerous Supplemental Discovery Requests, a Holup Motion, a Pre-Trial Oral Argument and an Order to Compel DWI Discovery, Mr. Vella successfully got the Driving While Intoxicated charge completely Dismissed.

Throughout the Court proceedings, Mr. Vella successfully argued the following. Mr. Vella prepared a very detail oriented Discovery Request, which was personally served by hand to the Municipal Prosecutor on two (2) separate occasions. Next, Mr. Vella filed a pre-trial Holup Motion asking for additional items of Discovery not previously supplied by the Prosecutor. The following Court Appearance was scheduled for Oral Argument on the DWI Discovery Issue. The Honorable William Williams, J.M.C. agreed with Mr. Vella’s argument and ruled in his favor. The Honorable William Williams, J.M.C. then executed an Order to Compel requested by Mr. Vella ordering the Prosecutor to provide the items within fourteen (14) days. These items included, DWI Dashboard Camera Video, DWI Investigation & Supplemental Reports, Alcohol Influence Report (which indicated a BAC of .18%), Alcotest Certification Card as well as the Alcotest Machine Certifications. Without these crucial articles of DWI Discovery, the Municipal Prosecutor would have a substantial problem proving the DWI beyond a reasonable doubt.

Upon the fourteenth (14th) date, Mr. Vella successfully argued before The Honorable Anthony Atwell, J.M.C. the items were not provided within the allotted time period and the matter should be Dismissed for lack of prosecution.

This negotiation was a combination of this law firm’s commitment and expertise as it pertains to litigating DWI offenses and due to the development of mutual respect and good will with that particular municipality over a period of years as it is one of the many municipalities within Essex County that Garces, Grabler & LeBrcoq, P.C. appears in regularly.


In January & February of 2016, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented a client accused of Driving While Intoxicated while traveling northbound on the Garden State Parkway. The Defendant, “J.C.” was exposed to a mandatory seven (7) month to one (1) year loss of his driving privileges, thirty (30) days in jail, community service and monetary fines/assessments exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars. While DWI violations are ordinarily mandated by the Courts to be resolved within sixty (60) days from the date of violation, highly technical supplemental discovery demands filed by Mr. Vella extended the case beyond the sixty (60) day allotted time period. In addition, Mr. Vella filed a pre-trial motion challenging the admissibility of the breath test result, which was purported to be a .13%.

On the day of the Trial, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Municipal Prosecutor that they would have a substantial problem proving the DWI infraction beyond a reasonable doubt. First, Mr. Vella successfully challenged the introduction of “J.C.’s” purported .13% BAC level. Mr. Vella was able to have the Alcohol Influence Report suppressed by the Presiding Judge based on the fact the arresting State Trooper failed to mention the specific twenty (20) minute observation period in his DWI Investigation Report as well as the fact that he neglected to check “J.C.’s” oral cavity prior to the AlcoTest. Second, Mr. Vella was successful in barring the State Trooper’s testimony as it pertained to his administration of the AlcoTest and what “J.C.” allegedly blew. Specifically, Mr. Vella was able to point out a discrepancy between the AlcoTest Operator’s supplemental report and the Alcohol Influence Report which revealed a ten (10) minute gap between the alleged end of the twenty (20) minute observation period and the time of the first breath sample. Based on the aforementioned arguments, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Municipal Prosecutor to litigate the matter based solely on the arresting State Trooper’s visual observation of “J.C.’s” performance of the Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

Through the efforts of Mr. Vella, “J.C.” received only a ninety (90) day suspension of his driving privileges and the mandatory minimum monetary fine.


In the Fall of 2015, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces & Grabler, P.C. represented a client accused of Driving While Intoxicated while traveling on a local road, falling asleep at the wheel and crashing into a light pole in Irvington, New Jersey. The Defendant, “R.D” was exposed to a mandatory seven (7) month to one (1) year loss of his driving privileges, thirty (30) days in jail, community service and monetary fines/assessments exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars. While DWI violations are ordinarily mandated by the Courts to be resolved within sixty (60) days from the date of violation, highly technical supplemental discovery demands along with an expert report requested by Mr. Vella extended the case beyond the sixty (60) day allotted time period. In addition, Mr. Vella filed a pre-trial motion challenging the admissibility of the breath test result, which was purported to be a .37%.

On the day of the Trial, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Municipal Prosecutor that they would have a substantial problem proving the DWI infraction beyond a reasonable doubt. First, Mr. Vella successfully challenged the introduction of “R.D.’s” purported .37% BAC level. Mr. Vella was able to have the Alcohol Influence Report suppressed by the Judge based on the fact the AlcoTest Operator’s certification card had expired. Second, Mr. Vella was successful in barring the arresting police officer’s testimony as it pertain to his observation of the administration of the AlcoTest and what “R.D.” allegedly blew. Lastly, Mr. Vella was able to point a discrepancy pertaining to the twenty (20) minute observation period. Specifically, Mr. Vella was able to point out a discrepancy between the AlcoTest Operator’s supplemental report and its conflicting testimony with the Computer Assistance Dispatch Log. Based on the aforementioned arguments, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Municipal Prosecutor to litigate the matter based solely on the arresting police officer’s visual observation of “R.D’s” performance of the Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

Through the efforts of Mr. Vella, “R.D.” received only a three (3) month suspension of his driving privileges and the mandatory minimum monetary fine.


In November and December of 2015 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented T.H. in a Municipal Court in Monmouth County for Possession of Marijuana while at a concert at the PNC Arts Center.  While this matter was proceeding, T.H. also was subsequently charged in a separate incident while at the Jersey Shore in Ocean County.  T.H. confessed to the possession of the marijuana on both separate occasions.   Nonetheless, as a result of extensive motion practice in both towns, respectively, both charges were ultimately dismissed, in their entirety, on procedural technicalities  developed by Mr. Kessous.  Thus, T.H. was saved from county jail, extensive fines, a criminal record and the humiliating experience of having to provide random urine samples over a period of a year in a probationary program for otherwise 1st time offenders.


In December of 2015 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented E.C. in a Municipal Court in Middlesex County for a charge of Driving While Suspended and improper backing.  With the assistance of Mr. Kessous, E.C. was convicted of a mere document violation of failure to produce a valid license at the time of the stop, thus saving E.C. thousands of dollars in fines, surcharges and increased insurance premiums.


In December of 2015 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented S.M. in a Municipal Court in Middlesex County for a charge of Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Provide Breath Samples upon request.  S.M. was purportedly observed by a pair of “Good Samaritans” who claimed they observed him drinking an alcoholic beverage while walking out of liquor store and then continue to drink as he drove away.  While following him, they contacted 911 and claimed they were directly observing repeated motor vehicle infractions consistent with an intoxicated driver.  After the police became directly involved and arrested S.M., he refused to provide breath samples.  Mr. Kessous was nonetheless able to resolve the matter to a dismissal of the Refusal charge, saving S.M. what would have been an additional minimum four (4) to twelve (12) month term of suspension of his driving privileges as well as additional fines and mandatory installation of the Ignition Interlock system into his vehicle.


In December of 2015 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented L.H in a Municipal Court in Burlington County for Possession of Marijuana.  While reviewing the police reports, Mr. kessous observed that the purported Consent to Search form for L.H.’s vehicle and person generated by the local police department failed to indicate that a suspect also reserved the right to terminate the search at any time.  This language is observed within Consent Forms utilized by the New Jersey State Police.  After a Motion to Suppress Evidence was filed by Mr. Kessous, the charge was ultimately reduced to a mere town ordinance with a fine.   Thus, L.H. was saved from county jail, extensive fines, a criminal record and the humiliating experience of having to provide random urine samples over a period of a year in a probationary program for otherwise 1st time offenders.


In December of 2015 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Law Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented M.T. in a Municipal Court in Union County for Driving While Intoxicated as well as Refusal to provide Breath Samples  upon Request.  Unfortunately, as she was a 3rd offender, she was susceptible to a minimum mandatory six (6) months in jail as well as twenty (20) years suspension of her driving privileges.  The entire matter was captured on video.  Mr. Kessous conducted extensive litigation within the Union County Municipal Court, including but not limited to a Demand for a Jury Trial.  This issue was then further litigated through the Law Division on Appeal.   Mr. Kessous strategically utilized this Appellate process to Stay the underlying proceedings in order to conduct an attack on M.T’s 2nd offense DWI conviction within a Municipal Court in Middlesex County.  After initially losing a Motion to Vacate the Guilty Plea, a plea that she entered years earlier with alternate counsel, Mr. Kessous ultimately prevailed on a Motion for Reconsideration of the Denial, thus vacating the 2nd DWI Conviction and obtaining a dismissal of same.  Mr. Kessous then successfully argued to the Union County Municipal Court jurisdiction that without the 2nd offense DWI conviction, the 3rd offense actually became a 1st offense, as more than ten (10) years exists separating the 3rd from the 1stThus, after almost a year of litigation, M.T. was ultimately sentenced  to no jail term and merely three (3) months suspension of her driving privileges on the DWI, with a verdict of “not guilty” as it concerned the Refusal.


In June of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented T.H. in a Municipal Court in Ocean County. T.H. was charged with Speeding 92 mph a 50 mph zone as well as reckless driving. Each of these charges carried with it (5) points as well as a possible suspension of driving privileges for up to six (6) months, respectively. Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court to dismiss the reckless driving ticket and amend the speeding ticket to 64 mph on a 50 mph zone, merely a two (2) point violation, with the agreement that the Defendant complete a safe driving course.


In June of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented D.H. in a Municipal Court in Somerset County. D.H. was charged with a 3rd offense of operating a Motor Vehicle while using a Cell phone. As a 3rd offender, D.H. was susceptible to a fine of no less than $600 to $800 and three (3) points against his driver’s license as well as discretionary suspension of up to ninety (90) days. Mr. Kessous was the first attorney to persuade the municipal prosecutor and the sitting judge of that court to allow the charge to be amended to a zero (0) point ticket of unsafe driving with a fine of $439.


In June of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, 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.


In June of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented J.M. in a Municipal Court in Middlesex County. J.M. was charged with careless driving arising out of an accident while operating a commercial vehicle during the course of his employment. As a CDL facing this charge under these circumstances, J.M. could have been susceptible to direct consequences to his employment if the matter was not resolved successfully. As an attorney who routinely assists CDL drivers who rely on their driving records to earn their living, Mr. Kessous persuaded the State and the Court to amend the charge to merely an $89 fine charge of obstructing traffic, a zero (0) point violation that the MVC (DMV) does not even consider a moving violation.


In June of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented I.W. in Middlesex County Superior Court. I.W. was charged with a 2nd Degree Robbery, enhanced to 1st Degree as a result of multiple co-defendant juveniles alleging he, as the adult, directed them to commit the Robbery. I.W. was facing a jail term of a mandatory minimum ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison. After extensive motion practice and plea negotiations resulting in a 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property followed by a contested sentencing, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the Court to avoid any jail term. Even the Co-Defendants who, unlike I.W., purportedly cooperated with law enforcement were unable to fare as well.


In May of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented B.S. in a Municipal Court in Middlesex County. B.S. was charged with Speeding 90 mph a 55 mph zone. The charge carried with it (5) points as well as a possible suspension of driving privileges for up to six (6) months. Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court to amend the speeding ticket to unsafe driving, a zero (0) point amendment as well as avoid any suspension of driving privileges.


In May of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented A.H. in a Municipal Court in Mercer County. A.H. was charged with Speeding 108 mph a 65 mph zone as well as careless driving. The speeding ticket carried with it five (5) points as well as a possible suspension of driving privileges for up to six (6) months while the careless driving ticket carried two (2) points. Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court to dismiss the careless driving ticket and amend the speeding ticket to 80 mph on a 50 mph zone, merely a four (4) point violation, without any suspension of the Defendant’s driving privileges despite the high speed.


In May of 2015 Jonathan Kessous, Esq., NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, successfully represented N.B.J. in Somerset County Superior Court. N.B.J. was recorded Mr. Kessous resolved all of the matters to merely a single non-criminal/local ordinance violation of “public nuisance”, with some minor driving infractions.


In September of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented D.P. for allegations within a municipal court in Ocean County of assault on an officer. As a Legal Permanent Resident, even one criminal conviction for this conduct could have result in severe immigration consequences. After extensive negotiations including discussions of the nature of the confrontation with law enforcement, Mr. Kessous resolved all of the matters to merely a single non-criminal/local ordinance violation of “loud noise in public ”. Mr. Kessous also was able to have the Complaint amended to the Defendant’s true name absent the issuance of any further criminal charges for Hindering Apprehension.


In September of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented K.T. for various driving infraction allegations within a municipal court in Middlesex County. The consequences were serious as our client was already on driving probation with the NJMVC (formerly DMV) where any “moving violation” would result in an extensive administrative suspension of J.T.’s driving privileges. After negotiations, Mr. Kessous resolved the moving violation to a non-moving, no-point violation deemed “non-moving” by the NJMVC (formerly DMV), thus precluding the suspension.


In August of 2014 the Criminal Appellate Division made a Decision on a 2nd degree cocaine suppression.


In August of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented W.A. in Somerset County. W.A. was indicted for molesting a six (6) year old girl. If convicted, W.A. would have had to serve a prison term of 5-10 yrs, 85% served before becoming eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act (NERA). Following his release from prison, he would have also have been required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be on perpetual parole under the Community Supervision for Life requirements. Having recently obtained an Acquittal after Trial in the same jurisdiction for similar charges for another client, W.L. sought out Mr. Kessous’ services after his prior counsel recommended that he enter a guilty plea. During the course of extensive litigation, Mr. Kessous posited the defense that these allegations were the result of undue pressure by the child’s mother against W.A., and that his purported confession was unreliable as a result of coercive interrogation tactics by law enforcement. The State ultimately dismissed the Indictment in its entirety.


In July of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented D.S. for a DWI within a municipal court in Middlesex County. As a second (2nd) offender, Mr. Smith was susceptible to a two (2) year suspension of his driving privileges, 2-90 days in jail, mandatory ignition interlock installation and maintenance fees and thousands of dollars in insurance surcharges and increased insurance fees. It was alleged that D.S. had a breath test reading of .25 BAC, well over 3x the legal limit. After extensive litigation and dogged representation, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court that the DWI in its entirety must be dismissed. D.S. plead guilty to a moving violation and was fined $239 and suspended from driving for only ninety (90) days.


In June of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented W.V. in a municipal court in Middlesex County for an allegation of speeding 100mph in a 55mph zone as well as careless driving. If convicted, these offense would have resulted in seven(7) points 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, two (2) point minor speeding violation.


In June of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented O.M. for a proposed suspension by the NJMVC (formerly NJDMV)for two (2) years for utilizing falsely utilizing another’s Driver’s License prior to gaining a proper DL once he became a legal resident. As a certified EMT, a suspension would have been devastating to his ability to support his family. After extensive discussions, Mr. Kessous ultimately persuaded the Hearings officer to take “No Action”, thereby avoiding the suspension in its entirety.


In May of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented A.S. in a municipal court in Middlesex County for an allegation of operating a motor vehicle while suspended. A conviction for this offense would have constituted a 6th offense, thereby necessitating a mandatory jail sentence of 10 to 40 days jail, $1000 fine and possible additional 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 of operating a motor vehicle with expired privileges, thus avoiding all of the aforementioned penalties. The Defendant merely paid a fine of $89.


In May of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented 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.


In May of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented A.P.B. for a DWI within 1000’ School Zone, unlicensed and reckless driving allegations within a municipal court in Union County. After extensive negotiations, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court that the purported reading of .28 BAC, well over 3x the legal limit, was questionable as A.P.B.’s knowing waiver of his statutory right to have an independent blood test was effectively denied as a result of a language barrier.


In April of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented K.I. in a municipal court in Mercer County for various motor vehicle allegations that, if convicted, would have resulted in twelve (12) points and a suspension of driving privileges. 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.


In April of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented S.L. in a municipal court in Hudson County for a Post Conviction Relief (PCR) Application. As S.L. plead guilty too many times to the 0 point amendment of unsafe driving, Mr. Kessous successfully made an application to Vacate two of these convictions from her record, thus erasing several points from her driver’s abstract.


In April of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal and Municipal Court Trial Attorney, of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler and LeBrocq, represented P.M.S. for a DWI within a municipal court in Somerset County. After extensive negotiations, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court that the officer failed to confirm that he directly observed the Defendant for twenty (20) minutes prior to generating the breath tests. Thus, the purported reading of .20 BAC, almost 3x the legal limit, was questionable. The Defendant ultimately suffered a loss of driving privileges for only three (3) months instead of the customary 7-12 months for this violation. Furthermore, the Ignition Interlock device was not mandatory for the DWI as it would have been with a BAC reading of .15 or higher.


DRUG CASE DISMISSED – In the Spring of 2014, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces & Grabler, P.C. represented a client accused of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance arising out of a hand to hand drug transaction in Union County. The Defendant, “A.R.”, was allegedly involved in the incident along with a co defendant and was arrested pursuant to a narcotics unit surveillance investigation. Defendant “A.R.” was exposed to a criminal record, six (6) month term of incarceration, two (2) year suspension of her driving privileges and monetary fines exceeding one thousand ($1000.00) dollars. In addition, “A.R.” is a permanent resident attempting to adjust her status to a United States Citizen. A conviction would have severely hampered her ability to adjust her status accordingly. After months of intense litigation, Mr. Vella filed a pre-trial discovery motion asking the Court to compel the State to provide discovery within fourteen (14) days as well as a speedy trial motion as the case was five (5) months old.
On the day of the Trial, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Hillside Municipal Court Judge to enforce a Discovery Order suppressing the results of the lab report due to non compliance with the Discovery Order, as well as, a failure to produce chain of custody documents. Without these documents, Mr. Vella argued the results were tainted. Subsequently, Mr. Vella was able to convince the Hillside Municipal Prosecutor that they would have a substantial problem proving the drug offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

This negotiation was a combination of this law firm’s commitment and expertise as it pertains to litigating drug offenses and due to the development of mutual respect and good will with that particular municipality over a period of years as it is one of the many municipalities within Union County that Garces & Grabler, P.C. appears in regularly.


In March of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., of the firm represented 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.


In March of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., of the firm represented P.K. for a DWI violation in a small town in Middlesex County. Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court to suppress the .12 Breath Test reading. Mr. Kessous advocated that the Defendant provided his breath samples while wearing a tongue ring, thus creating the possibility of a compromised Blood Alcohol reading as a result of trace mouth alcohol. This result saved P.K. what would have been an additional 4 to 9 additional months of driver’s license suspension.


In March of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., of the firm represented M.J.M. in a town in Middlesex County. M.J.M. was charged with operating a commercial vehicle without liability insurance. With overwhelming proofs including but not limited to admissions to the offense by the Defendant prior to retaining counsel, it appeared M.J.M. would lose his driving privileges for at least one (1) year and be susceptible to extensive fines, surcharges and even community service. Nonetheless, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the prosecutor as well as the Court to amend the charge to that of a mere document violation, avoiding the aforementioned penalties.


In March of 2014 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., of the firm represented G.P.T. for a DWI/DUI violation in a city in Union County. This offense was particularly serious as it was a third (3rd) DWI violation and it occurred within 1000’ of a designated School Zone. G.P.T. was exposed to a mandatory six (6) months in jail and the loss of driving privileges for over a decade, among many other penalties. Through litigation over a five (5) month period, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the State and the Court to suppress the per se (“presumptively guilty”) Breath Test reading and ultimately obtain a complete dismissal of the DWI/DUI allegation.


In January 2014, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented 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.


In January 2014, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented A.R.A. in a city municipal court in Middlesex County for a DWI allegation. As a result of Defense motion practice, the purported per se or “presumptively guilty” Blood Alcohol Reading of .13 was excluded by the Court from being presented by the State at the time of trial. Ultimately, the DWI violation was dismissed. The Defendant entered a guilty plea to reckless driving and received a thirty (30) day loss of his driving privileges. This result saved the Defendant thousands of dollars in surcharges as well as increased insurance costs and at least (6) months of his driving privileges.


In January 2014, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented E.L. in Essex County for allegations of shoplifting items in an amount that would have constituted a 3rd degree crime. Mr. Kessous was ultimately able to resolve the matter to a mere local ordinance/non-criminal violation of being loud in public and paid a fine of approximately $200.


Federal Wire Fraud Case Dismissed – Throughout the calendar year of 2013 and 2014, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces & Grabler, P.C. represented David B., who was charged with Federal Wire Fraud in the United States Federal Court in Newark, New Jersey. The Defendant, David B., was accused of conspiring with three (3) other individuals located in the Dominican Republic of spoofing AT&T cell phone customers and providing these cell phone plans to hotels located throughout the Caribbean. This wire fraud scheme deprived AT&T of approximately six ($6,000,000) million dollars in profits. Initially, David B. was held on bond, forced to surrender his respective passport and subject to a monetary seizure in the amount of seventeen thousand five hundred ($17,500) dollars from his business.

Upon release from jail, Pasquale Vella, Esq. was able to set up numerous proffer sessions with the United States District Attorney’s Office and the respective FBI Agents involved in the case. After numerous proffer sessions, hours of teleconferences and providing reciprocal discovery/evidence to the United States Government, Mr. Vella was able to have the charge against David B. dismissed.

Through his meticulous review of discovery and legal research, Mr. Vella was able to point out substantial flaws in the Government’s case, especially, the element of mens rea which is a crucial element in all criminal cases. Without being able to establish this element at Trial, the Government would not be able to prove its burden beyond a reasonable doubt.

Also, in exchange for David B.’s cooperation with the respective FBI Agents and by providing the United States District Attorney’s Office with all business receipts and transactions, Mr. Vella was able to procure the return of the entire seventeen thousand five hundred ($17,500) dollars to David B. without the formal legal forfeiture proceeding. Lastly, Mr. Vella was also able to procure the release of David B.’s passport.

This negotiation was a direct result of Mr. Vella’s work ethic, legal research skills pertaining to the federal wire fraud statute and attention to the minute facts and details surrounding the incident. By procuring this result, David B. avoided a potential federal jail term of up to twenty (20) years in jail and the blemish of a criminal conviction.


In October of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented R.D., an elderly gentleman, for a DWI violation in a municipal court in Middlesex County. Mr. Kessous was able to obtain a dismissal of the DWI charge after successfully arguing that purported observations of intoxication were actually the result of a urinary tract infection.


In November of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented J.D. in Monmouth County. Initially charged with a 3rd degree crime of Aggravated Assault with an automobile, J.D. was specifically accused of attempting to “run down” her estranged spouse during the course of a domestic dispute. After discussions with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the matter was remanded as a Disorderly person’s offense to the local municipality. Subsequently, J.D. entered a guilty plea to a mere local ordinance/non-criminal violation of being loud in public and paid a fine less than $200. All other charges, even the reckless driving ticket, were dismissed.


In November of 2013 Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented T.C. for careless driving ticket in a municipality in Ocean County arising out of a motor vehicle accident. As a CDL, T.C. was facing ramifications to his employment as a result of the allegations. The charge was ultimately dismissed.


In December of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented A.B. in Middlesex County for allegations of 1st degree and 2nd degree crimes of Aggravated Sexual Assaults against two (2) children over a period of several years. The purported victims’ family wrote letters to the Court indicating their wish that A.B. receive “at least 30 years in prison”. Nonetheless, after the completion of extensive motion practice by Mr. Kessous, the Defendant ultimately plead guilty to merely a non-sexual child neglect/abuse 3rd degree crime, with a minor “time-served” county jail sentence. This result avoided exposure to an otherwise extensive NJ State Prison sentence, along with living with the brand of “Pedophile” that is Megan’s Law and Community/Parole Supervision For Life service requirements.


In December of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented E.L. in Somerset County for allegations of a 1st degree crime of Aggravated Sexual Assault against a six (6) year old girl. The Defendant was acquitted after a three (3) week trial. During the aggressive cross-examination of State witnesses, Mr. Kessous utilized critical material garnered during extensive motion practice where anticipated trial witnesses were compelled to testify by the Defense well prior to the trial. Extensive motion practice included but was not limited to a Motion to Dismiss the charges for Prosecutorial Misconduct as a result of Mr. Kessous advocating that the State had withheld relevant information until immediately prior to Trial.


Possession of Marijuana Case Dismissed
In November of 2013, Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented a young adult accused of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (namely, Marijuana) in Newark Municipal Court. The Defendant, “L.L.”, was initially charged with a Misdemeanor offense. After two months of intense litigation, including a variety of motions to suppress the State’s proffered evidence and complex negotiations with the Newark Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Vella was able to reduce the charge to a City Ordinance with a Fine of $233.

“L.L.” originally faced up to six (6) months in Prison, thousands of dollars in monetary fines and six (6) month suspension of his driving privileges on the Drug Charge. Through the efforts of Mr. Vella, not only was “L.L.” spared jail time, but he was also spared the blemish of having a criminal record. This was extremely important because a criminal conviction would have adversely affected “L.L.’s” ability to enlist into the United States Army.

This negotiation was a direct result of Mr. Vella’s meticulous focus on the Prosecutor’s ability to timely produce the lab results, lab analysis and chain of custody documents pertaining to the drugs seized by Newark Police at the crime scene.


In October of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented E.N. in a municipal court in Middlesex County. As a result of raising Miranda/suppression of harmful statements constitutional protection issues, charges including a 2nd offense DWI, refusal to take the breath test and cocaine found on E.N. as a result of a body pat-down search incident to the DWI arrest were all dismissed.


In October 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented A.C.R. for a DWI violation in a city municipal court in Union County. Despite a Blood Alcohol Content reading of .21, almost 3x the legal limit, Mr. Kessous was able to obtain a dismissal against A.C.R. of the charge.


In November 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented G.M.B. for a Driving While Suspended violation in a municipal court in Hunterdon County. Despite overwhelming proofs of a 3rd offense, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the prosecutor, with whom he had developed a friendly professional relationship over a period of a decade, to amend the charge to a mere document violation. As the client was spared a mandatory jail sentence, he was also spared the likelihood of deportation upon his reporting to the jail as a result of his residency status.


In November 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented C.D. for a Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident in a municipal court in Middlesex County. Despite the proofs of guilt, including the presence of an eyewitness in court, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade the prosecutor, with whom he had previously developed a friendly professional relationship, to amend the charge to merely failing to report the accident, saving the client an ordinarily six (6) months suspension of her driving privileges.


In November of 2013, Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the firm represented E.N. in a city municipal court in Union County. As a result of raising Miranda/suppression of harmful statements issues as well as violations of the client’s 4th Amendment Right to be free from unreasonable government intrusions, charges for illegal drug possession were completely dismissed.


Immigration Deportation Proceedings and Prison Avoided
of the Criminal and Traffic Defense Department of the of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq represented M.F.L. in Hunterdon County for distribution of narcotics to an undercover officer. With the assistance of Mr. Samuel Perez, Esq., also of the Criminal and Traffic Defense Department, a comprehensive memorandum in support of an application for Pre-Trial Intervention was submitted. As a result of all of these efforts, our client was admitted into PTI despite the serious charges against him. With successful completion, pending immigration deportation proceedings may now be avoided as well as a term in prison.

2nd Degree Gun Charge sentenced to Fine $155

Pasquale O. Vella of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented a seventy (70) year old retired military veteran from Pennsylvania who was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun in Union County Superior Court. The Defendant, “E.F.”, was initially charged with this crime in February of 2013 when he attempted to enter the Union County Courthouse to probate his deceased mother’s will. News of “E.F.’s” arrest was widespread throughout the Court in light of recent shootings plaguing the U.S. Initially, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office offered a deal where “E.F.” would plead guilty as charged with a recommendation of a five (5) year jail term subject to the Graves Act meaning “E.F.” would have to serve eighty-five (85%) of his jail sentence before eligible for parole. After months of intense litigation including numerous Court appearances and complex negotiation sessions with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Vella worked out a plea agreement where “E.F.” would plead guilty to amended charge of possessing an unregistered firearm.

At sentencing, Mr. Vella argued for just a monetary fine coupled with forfeiture of the firearm, which was seized on the day of the incident. The Honorable Frederic R. McDaniel, J.S.C. found merit in Mr. Vella’s argument and held the mitigating factors in this matter far outweighed the aggravating and sentenced “E.F.” to a fine of $155 coupled with forfeiture of the firearm.

This negotiation was a direct result of Mr. Vella’s research on “E.F.’s” background and prior gun permits issued in both the State of New Jersey & Pennsylvania. Mr. Vella was able to present “E.F.’s” gun purchaser permit from New Jersey stemming from the 1970s, as well as, his current gun carrying permit from Pennsylvania. Equipped with these government permits and meticulous focus on the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, a reasonable resolution was reached where this former military veteran was spared jail time and probation especially considering his advanced age.


Soliciting Prostitution Charges Dismissed

Jonathan Kessous of the Criminal Defense Unit of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq represented E.H.S. in a city municipal court within Union County. E.H.S. was charged with the criminal attempt to solicit the services of an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute during an elaborate sting operation. As the Defendant was not a U.S. citizen, the consequences of this criminal conviction would have, in all likelihood, resulted in eventual deportation as a criminal offense that implicates moral turpitude. However, Mr. Kessous successfully argued that the charge must be dismissed as the police officer narrative indicated that the Defendant had approached the undercover officer and asked, “How much for it?”. As the Defendant was a native Spanish speaker, Mr. Kessous argued that, “…for all intensive purposes, the Defendant may very well have just been asking her for a ride.” Criminal prosecutions require strict construction of the statutes as opposed to vague interpretations. The charge was ultimately dismissed, in its entirety.


Attempted Murder Charge Amended to Aggravated Assault

Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq., and Samuel Perez, Esq., of the Criminal Defense Unit of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented R.M.P. in the Somerset County Superior Court. He was initially charged with an Attempted Murder that would have resulted in prison sentence of well more than ten (10) years. This charge culminated from an allegation of a gang related brawl where the Defendant admitted to police that he struck a brawl participant while driving away from the melee, striking the victim and crushing his legs. Contradictory statements suggesting that the action was intentional existed. Nonetheless, a negotiated plea agreement was effectuated amending the charge from 1st degree Attempted Murder to 3rd degree Aggravated Assault. Subsequently, Mr. Kessous successfully advocated to the Court that the Defendant should receive only a time-served sentence.


False Document Charges Dismissed

Joseph Compitello represented a client charged initially with the 3rd Degree Felony of Uttering a False Government Document. At Mercer County Superior Court, Mr. Compitello presented evidence drawing doubt in the State’s ability to prove that the Defendant knew or should have known that the document was false. As a consequence, after the initial PIC hearing, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office downgraded the indictable offense to the Disorderly Person’s Offense under the same name.

After a trial in front of the Honorable Paul Catanese, Presiding Municipal Court Judge of Mercer County, of Lawrence Municipal Court and a vigorous cross examination of the arresting officer, Defendant’s motion to dismiss the charges was granted. If convicted at the Superior Court level, Defendant’s exposure was 5 years of State Prison and deportation by INS.

All Charges Dismissed in a 1st Degree Armed Robbery Case

After an extensive identification hearing before the Honorable Joseph Rea, J.S.C., Jonathan Kessous, along with co-counsel for two co-defendants, successfully broke down a key government eyewitness in a 1st degree Armed Robbery case. Furthermore, rigorous cross-examination of the primary investigation officer by Mr. Kessous proved that the State failure to abide by the Attorney General Guidelines recommended for proper and reliable show-up and photo array procedures. If convicted, Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C.’s client was exposed to 20 years in prison. As a result of the Wade hearing, all charges were subsequently dismissed.

Lewdness and Trespassing Charges Partially Dismissed

Samuel J. Perez Esq. of the Traffic and Criminal Defense Unit of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented T.H. in municipal court in Mercer County on charges of Lewdness and Trespassing. The maximum penalty for these offenses included over $1,000 in fines and up to six (6) months of incarceration. Mr. Perez was able to successfully resolve the case by displaying to the prosecutor several deficiencies in the case including the legitimacy of the stop and the factual basis for the charges. Ultimately, T.H. pleaded guilty to a minor ordinance violation with a $300 fine with the remaining count dismissed.


Harassment and Stalking Charges Dismissed

Samuel J. Perez Esq. of the Traffic and Criminal Defense Unit of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented P.G. in a municipal court in Mercer County on charges of Harassment and Stalking. The maximum penalty for these offenses included over $1,000 in fines and up to six (6) months of incarceration. After the alleged victim refused to allow the matter to be disposed of during mediation, Mr. Perez was able to argue that the evidence compiled by the State, including a statement of his client, did not support the charges given his client’s mental state during the commission of the alleged offenses. The prosecutor agreed and ultimately dismissed all charges against P.G.


NJ Second Degree Gun Possession Charges Reduced to Fourth Degree Offense

Samuel J. Perez, Esq. of the Criminal and Traffic Defense Unit of the Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented T.J. in Camden County Superior Court on multiple charges including a second degree charge of Possession of a Handgun, customarily punishable with a term of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison including a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of at least 3 years. After filing a motion to suppress evidence, Mr. Perez was able to negotiate a plea that included the dismissal of the second degree charge. Ultimately, T.J. pled guilty to a fourth degree offense.


Stabbing Case Results in No Criminal Conviction

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan A. Kessous, Esq. of the Law Offices of Garces & Grabler, P.C. represented Paul M., a senior citizen accused of the violent act of slashing at another individual with a pocket knife at a bus stop during a verbal altercation in Mercer County. Prior to retaining the services of this law firm, the Defendant already provided a detailed statement to law enforcement admitting to the criminal offense. The victim appeared in Court looking to have the Defendant sentenced to the maximum fines and jail time allowed under the law. Nonetheless, Mr. Kessous was able to persuade all parties and the court to an alternative disposition that did not carry any jail term or even a criminal conviction.


Sexual Assault Charge Dismissed

Joseph J. Compitello, Esq. of the Criminal and Traffic Defense Unit of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented K.M., accused of Second Degree Sexual Assault in Mercer County Superior Court. At the first bail hearing in November 2009, Joseph J. Compitello, Esq. was able to convince Judge Robert Billmeier to reduce the bail to the minimum of $50k, thereby allowing K.M.’s family to post bail to get K.M. home. After six (6) months of intense negotiations, Defense Counsel and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office negotiated a plea agreement whereby the Defendant would plead guilty to a 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child with the remaining charge of Sexual Assault being dismissed. Ultimately, the Defendant was sentenced to a Non-Custodial Term of three (3) years Probation with no Megan’s Law or Community/Parole Supervision for Life requirements. K.M. originally faced up to ten (10) years in prison on the original charges, along with the brutal stigmas of a Megan’s Law classification and Community/Parole Supervision for Life.


All Charges Dismissed in Superior & Municipal Court Case

Jonathan Kassous, Esq. represented a client accused of 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault, 2nd Degree Burglary and two (2) separate Misdemeanor charges of Criminal Mischief and False Imprisonment in Union County Superior Court. The Defendant, “S.D.”, was initially accused of breaking into an apartment complex, detaining his ex-girlfriend by causing bodily injury and causing damage to personal property. Michele Labrada, Esq. filed significant pre-trial motions, which demonstrated certain flaws in the State’s case. Essentially, Ms. Labrada argued certain elements could not be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, the 2nd Degree Burglary and False Imprisonment charges were administratively dismissed. In addition, Ms. Labrada was successful in convincing the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to amend the 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault charge to a Simple Assault. Lastly, Ms. Labrada had the remaining charges remanded to Elizabeth Municipal Court for adjudication.


Defendant Sentenced to Probation on Eluding & Theft Charge

The Law Offices of Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C. represented a client accused of Eluding, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest in Middlesex County Superior Court. The Defendant, Fabian R., was initially charged with 2nd Degree Eluding, 3rd Degree Theft of a Motor Vehicle and 4th Degree Resisting Arrest. After 10 months of intense litigation including a variety of motions, Defense Counsel and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office negotiated a plea agreement whereby the Defendant would plea guilty to Eluding amended to a 3rd Degree and 3rd Degree Theft of a Motor Vehicle with the remaining charge of Resisting Arrest being dismissed.

Prior to the sentencing, a comprehensive sentencing memorandum was prepared by Pasquale Vella, Esq., of this office. At sentencing before The Honorable Dennis Nieves, J.S.C., Mr. Pasquale Vella, Esq., of this office vigorously argued that Defendant suffered from mental illness and chemical dependency which although did not rise to the level of an affirmative defense substantially impaired the Defendant’s judgment and mental capacity. In addition, Mr. Vella argued there were significant measures in place to ensure the criminal offense would remain an isolated incident. Ultimately, The Honorable Dennis Nieves, J.S.C. agreed with the argument of Mr. Vella and sentenced the Defendant to a Non-Custodial Term of 5 years Probation.

Defendant originally faced up to 10 years in Prison on the original charges. The plea deal negotiated by Defense Counsel and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office allowed The Honorable Dennis Nieves, J.S.C. to sentence the Defendant in the range of 3 to 5 years. The State was requesting at least 180 days commitment in the Middlesex County Correctional Facility at the time of sentencing.


False Document Charges Dismissed

Joseph Compitello represented a client charged initially with the 3rd Degree Felony of Uttering a False Government Document. At Mercer County Superior Court, Mr. Compitello presented evidence drawing doubt in the State’s ability to prove that the Defendant knew or should have known that the document was false. As a consequence, after the initial PIC hearing, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office downgraded the indictable offense to the Disorderly Person’s Offense under the same name.

After a trial in front of the Honorable Paul Catanese, Presiding Municipal Court Judge of Mercer County, of Lawrence Municipal Court and a vigorous cross examination of the arresting officer, Defendant’s motion to dismiss the charges was granted. If convicted at the Superior Court level, Defendant’s exposure was 5 years of State Prison and deportation by INS.


All Charges Dismissed in a 1st Degree Armed Robbery Case

After an extensive identification hearing before the Honorable Joseph Rea, J.S.C., Jonathan Kessous, along with co-counsel for two co-defendants, successfully broke down a key government eyewitness in a 1st degree Armed Robbery case. Furthermore, rigorous cross-examination of the primary investigation officer by Mr. Kessous proved that the State failure to abide by the Attorney General Guidelines recommended for proper and reliable show-up and photo array procedures. If convicted, Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, P.C.’s client was exposed to 20 years in prison. As a result of the Wade hearing, all charges were subsequently dismissed.

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