Jersey City has been conducting raids and mass arrests over the course of the last few months, with the last one occurring late last week. The last police sweep effort resulted in 29 people being arrested, bringing the total number arrested in three police sweeps to 111.
These arrests resulted in a variety of charges, but many of them related to drug charges. Serious criminal charges such as drug charges or weapon charges might result in a person facing lengthy prison time if they are convicted. It might be wise for someone arrested in New Jersey to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Sometimes when police raids or sweeps are conducted, people are arrested who just happened to be in a certain place at the wrong time. This shouldn't result in an embarrassing arrest or damage to a person's personal and professional reputations.
Police can sometimes mishandle and therefore alter evidence in a case when working with other agencies. In these arrests, multiple agencies worked together to gather information and evidence.
An attorney can help a person understand their rights and be with them while being questioned by police and authorities. Sometimes police will offer a person a deal to cooperate in exchange for something. This is often something the police officers themselves are not able to offer, and might result in a person disclosing damaging information.
Even a person who thinks their job might not be affected could face scrutiny in future positions and ridicule from family and friends. These reasons make a rigorous defense very important.
Source: The Jersey Journal, "A total of 111 arrested in three Jersey City police sweeps," Michaelangelo Conte, "Aug. 9, 2013