Man Charged with Causing False Public Alarm

Fire Alarm Pulled in Monmouth County Superior Court

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that they have arrested and charged the individual whom they believe falsely pulled a fire alarm yesterday in the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse, causing an evacuation of the building. A thirty-six year old male from Brick Township, who was already due to appear in the Monmouth County Superior Court on unrelated charges on Thursday is alleged to be the perpetrator. Based on their investigation he was taken into custody and transferred to the Monmouth County Jail, where he awaits his Central Judicial Processing Hearing (CJP).

Causing a false public alarm is a second degree felony offense in New Jersey. If convicted, the Defendant would be facing anywhere from five to ten years in a New Jersey State Prison and a fine up to $150,000. At the Defendant’s CJP hearing the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will have to decide whether they will be filling for a Detention Hearing. If the prosecution files for a detention hearing, that means that they will be seeking to convince the Judge that the Defendant must be detained in the Monmouth County Jail, without bail, pending trial. In order to do so, they must show by clear and convincing evidence:

  • The Defendant will not appear in court as required;
  • The Defendant will pose a danger to any other person or the community; and/or
  • The Defendant will obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice, or threaten, injure, or intimidate, or attempt to threaten, injure, or intimidate, a prospective witness or juror.

These hearings can and always should be contested.

It should be no surprise to hear that the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office takes these types of allegations very seriously. Monmouth County Prosecutor, Christopher Cramiccioni, had this to say about the incident “Law enforcement everywhere treats every one of these incidents as a potentially serious threat to the safety and well-being of our citizens. These false threats are not a game or joke, but a crime that will be aggressively pursued by this office,”.

Causing a False Public Alarm Lawyers in Freehold NJ

Being charged with a criminal offense, especially one as serious as causing a false public alarm is not something to take lightly. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in Monmouth County, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. We have been appearing in courts throughout Monmouth County, including Freehold, Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Matawan, HazletBelmar, Wall Township and Asbury Park for the better part of the last decade. If you would like to speak to one of our Monmouth County criminal defense lawyers today about your options, then please call our office at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online.

For more information on this incident, please checkout the Asbury Park Press’s article labeled Brick man arrested for pulling fire alarm at Monmouth County courthouse: Prosecutor.

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