What to Know About Being Arrested at Sandy Hook

Have you Been Arrested and Charged with a Crime at Sandy Hook NJ?

First and foremost, even though the seven mile sand barrier just off the coast of New Jersey known as Sandy Hook is surrounded by towns like Highlands, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright and Rumson, it is a National Park and thus considered federal property and subject to federal jurisdiction. In other words, anyone arrested and charged with a crime at Sandy Hook will be facing federal criminal charges and not local State charges. So, as you can imagine, things just went from bad to worse very quickly for anyone who finds themselves being placed under arrest at Sandy Hook. It probably goes without saying but it is important to highlight that the Federal criminal justice system differs drastically from the New Jersey State criminal justice system. This is just one of the many reasons why we strongly urge you speak to a criminal defense attorney who handles these types of matters prior to appearing in court. If you would like to speak to one of the criminal defense attorneys on staff at Keith Oliver Criminal Law, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly at (732)-858-6959. Now here is some important information to know if you have been arrested on Sandy Hook.

Facing Criminal Charges from Gunnison Beach, Where Do I Need to Appear in Court?

As touched upon above, anyone arrested and charged with a crime on Sandy Hook will be facing federal criminal charges. As a result, that individual will need to appear in Federal Court, which is located in Newark as opposed to either the local municipal court or the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse in Freehold to answer for the charges. Typically speaking, most charges issued on Sandy Hook will be heard by a Federal Magistrate Judge. Judge Mautone will more likely than not be the Magistrate who presides over your case. The Federal Courthouse that you  will need to appear in to answer for the charges is located at 50 Walnut Street in Newark.

Common Sandy Hook Criminal Charges

The vast majority of the charges issued on Sandy Hook occur during the summer months when Gunnison Beach is in full swing. Since Gunnison Beach is a nude beach, our office tends to see a tremendous amount of lewdness charges being issued by the Park Rangers. In addition, even though Sandy Hook has technically banned alcohol on the beach, we do still tend to see a significant amount of alcohol related charges, including but not limited too driving while intoxicated, possession of an open container, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Also, drug related offenses are pretty common as well, including marijuana related charges. The vast majority of these offenses will be considered a misdemeanor.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sandy Hook Crimes:

Are DWI offenses issued on Sandy Hook considered traffic offenses?

  • No. They are considered criminal offenses and anyone convicted of DWI on Sandy Hook under the Federal statute will have a criminal record.

Can I expunge a Federal Criminal Charge?

  • No. There is no expungement process in the Federal system. A pardon is the only option to remove a federal conviction.

Will I have to register under Megan’s Law if I am convicted of lewdness for an incident at Gunnison Beach?

  • No. Anyone convicted under the federal or state lewdness statute will not be required to register under Megan’s Law.

Who is responsible for prosecuting Sandy Hook arrests?

  • All Sandy Hook arrests will be prosecuted by an Assistant United States Attorney.

Can I get bail for an arrest at Gunnison Beach?

  • Typically speaking most individuals arrested for lower level offenses on Sandy Hook will be released upon a summons to appear in Court. However, depending on the charges, once they appear in Court, the Judge could require them to be on Pretrial Release. This is in essence a form of bail and the individual can be expected to submit to random drug tests as well as reporting requirements as well.

Speak to a Lawyer about an Arrest for a Criminal Offense on Sandy Hook

Being arrested and summonsed in Court can be nerve-racking. But realizing that you are facing federal charges and not just local state charges can be downright terrifying. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime on Sandy Hook, criminal defense attorney Keith G. Oliver and the defense team at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys fully understand the stress most feel when they are summonsed to appear in Court. As such, we are dedicated to do aggressively defending the allegations in an effort to help achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

As always, our consultations are free of costs, so if you would like to set one up today, please contact our office at (732)-858-6959. You are also welcome to set up an appointment to meet with us at our local office in Monmouth County, NJ. Please do not hesitate to get personalized legal counsel and answers to your pressing questions, as well as to discuss your defense options today.

Author: Keith G. Oliver

Founding partner Keith G. Oliver has a passion for helping people who are caught up in the criminal justice system. He believes that everyone has a right to be presumed innocent, and that one mistake shouldn’t define a person forever. This passion drives Mr. Oliver to tirelessly fight for his clients and pursue the best possible outcome in every case.