Recent Cases Handled By The Law Office Of Jordan B. Rickards
Are looking for a lawyer in the New Jersey area, but cannot seem to find enough information? In today’s post, we will cover a few of the recent cases that the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards has undertaken. When you are looking for an experienced, confident attorney that will help you win your case, look no further than Jordan B. Rickards! Get in touch with us today for a consultation to discuss your upcoming case. Our law office can handle a variety of cases including criminal law, family law, personal injury, and more.
State of New Jersey v. P.M.: Assisting Suicide
In this homicide case, Mr. Rickards’ client was charged with Second Degree Aiding Suicide, Obstruction of Law, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Mr. M., a 79-year-old man, was accused of assisting his terminally ill wife to commit suicide with a firearm at their Parsippany, New Jersey home.
The State alleged that in the afternoon of March 15, 2019, Mr. M. called 911 stating that he found his wife in his home’s garage with a gunshot wound. Upon initial questioning by the police, the State alleged that Mr. M. admitted to having assisted his wife in the commission of her suicide, claimed that he made inconsistent statements as to the time of her death, and concealed or tampered with physical evidence.
At the pre-detention hearing, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office demanded that Mr. M. remain in jail pending his trial. However, Mr. Rickards was able to convince the Court to release his client without bail.
The State’s initial plea offer demanded that Mr. M. serve a custodial sentence which would equate to some jail or prison time. However, Mr. Rickards, through zealous advocacy, convinced prosecutors that Mrs. M.’s death was not the result of her husband’s actions, but rather resulted from other causes. As a result, Mr. Rickards was able to get the State to reduce the charges to Fourth Degree Aiding Suicide. Originally facing a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison, Mr. M. pleaded guilty to Fourth Degree Aiding Suicide and received a one-year probation sentence.
To learn more about how the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards can assist you in homicide cases, get in touch with our office. Head to this news article if you would like to read further details about the case.
State of New Jersey v. J.P.: Vehicular Homicide
In this homicide case, Mr. Rickards’ twenty-year-old client was accused of driving his Dodge Ram Pickup truck at a “high rate of speed” on Route 27 in Edison, New Jersey, and striking a BMW sedan, killing its ninety-three-year-old driver. Mr. P. was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter by the Middlesex County’s Prosecutor’s Office.
The prosecutors in Mr. P.’s case original plea offer included a sentence of state prison time. However, through Mr. Rickards’ actions, Mr. P. — who faced up to a ten-year prison sentence — was only sentenced to probation.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, please contact our office at 732-297-8200 for experienced representation that gets results! For more information about this case, you can read this news article.
$1 Million Settlement for Sexual Assault:
In this civil case against the State of New Jersey, Mr. Rickards, along with co-counsel Yan Rudikh, Esq. and Zlata Rudikh, Esq., represented the victim of a former probation officer. This officer previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault by extorting and threatening to send the client — Ms. V.M. — to jail if she did not submit to his demands. According to the prosecutors, the victim’s probation officer committed “an abusive sextortion scheme,” which violated the public’s trust.
V.M. was told that if she did not comply with her probation officer’s sexual demands, he would violate her probation, and her freedom would be at stake. The ex-probation officer sent V.M., a probationer in Drug Court, voluminous text messages demanding that she have sex with him or risk going to jail.
V.M. originally retained Rudikh & Associates, who later brought Mr. Rickards into the case to help sue the State of New Jersey on behalf of the victim. Rickards drafted the 28-count lawsuit, handled all court-related matters, and was the primary advocate in the settlement talks for the plaintiff. Together, Rickards and Rudikh & Associates were able to achieve a $1 million settlement for the plaintiff.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse of any kind, please contact our office at 732-297-8200 for zealous, experienced representation.
K.L. v. State of New Jersey: Sexual Abuse of a Minor
In this civil case against the State of New Jersey, Mr. Rickards, along with co-counsel Yan Rudikh, Esq. and Zlata Rudikh, Esq., represented the fifteen-year-old child victim of a former female counselor at a Bergen County Special Services district school. For a period of one and one-half years, K.L. — a minor and special needs student — was sexually abused by the former school counselor both at school and at the therapist’s home. The assistant prosecutor assigned to the counselor’s criminal case stated that “she used her position to manipulate” her victim.
On K.L’s behalf, Mr. Rickards and Rudikh & Associates, are suing the State of New Jersey as a result of the negligence of its former employee, and they are seeking a large monetary payment to compensate for some of the damages.
You can read this news story about the case, and be sure to get in touch with the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards for aggressive defense in the instances of sexual assault and abuse.
State of New Jersey v. V.S.: Aggravated Arson
In this criminal case, Mr. Rickards’ client, Ms. S. was charged with Second-Degree Aggravated Arson, Second-Degree Conspiracy, Third-Degree Conspiracy, Third-Degree Criminal Mischief, Fourth-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, as well as other crimes.
Ms. S. was accused of being the driver of a car in which the passengers — a group of friends — left the car and then shot flare guns into a South Brunswick house at approximately 11:00 p.m. in March 2014. The homeowners were present in the house and fled the burning home through a side door as the Middlesex County home was completely destroyed. The Prosecutor also alleged Ms. S. and the other four co-defendants had stolen the flare guns from a Walmart earlier in the day.
The Prosecutor’s original plea offer was an eight-year prison sentence. However, after nearly four years of litigation and tenacious advocacy on behalf of his client, Mr. Rickards was able to get Ms. S.’s case diverted to the Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI), allowing her to avoid the crippling consequences of a felony conviction.
If you are accused of a felony, please contact the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards for the best representation in New Jersey. To learn more about this case, you can read this news article.
State of New Jersey v. X. S.: Murder
In this homicide case, Mr. Rickards’ client, in addition to two co-defendants, were accused of robbing a man, who was sitting on the steps of his apartment building about one mile from Rutgers University during the early morning hours, at knife point. The victim was stabbed with a “sharp object” and retreated inside to his apartment, but subsequently died of his injuries.
There was considerable evidence against eighteen-year-old Mr. S. and his accomplices including video surveillance, statements to the police admitting guilt, as well as cell phone tracking.
Originally facing a lifetime prison sentence, Mr. Rickards was able to negotiate a plea agreement on behalf of his client in which Mr. S. was sentenced to a 20-year prison term.
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State of New Jersey v. D.J.: Sexual Abuse of a Minor
D.J., a member of the Old Bridge School Board and the Old Bridge Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team, was accused of luring and endangering the welfare of a child. Mr. J. was arrested after a ten-year-old girl reported to school authorities that he tried to lure her to an isolated area.
For this case, Mr. Rickards hired a private investigator who uncovered evidence indicating that the girl who had made the accusations against his client had a history of being untruthful, including telling a neighbor about a cat her family did not own, and saying that another girl tried to kiss her during a vacation. Upon turning this evidence over to the State, Mr. Rickards was able to obtain a “No Bill” from a Middlesex County grand jury, thereby dismissing the charges against his client.
The Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards will do everything in our power to get you the best results possible. Learn more about this case, and contact our team today!
The Estate of R.G.: Wrongful Death
In this wrongful death civil case, the deceased, twenty-nine year-old R.G., was walking alongside Route 22 in East Brunswick, New Jersey, when a car struck and killed him as well as another pedestrian. The car later crashed through the parking lot of the Bridgewater Diner.
Through Mr. Rickards’ advocacy, the estate received the highest possible monetary damages from the driver’s insurer.
If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, please contact our New Jersey law office at 732-297-8200 for representation that will not settle for anything less than the best. To discover more about this case, you can read this news article.
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