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 experienced representation in New Jersey. To learn more about this case, you can read this news article.