Year: 2015

We are proud to share that we have successfully placed our second successful client into Ocean County’s new Mental Health Diversion Program just nine months after placing the program’s very first applicant. Ocean County is one of only three in the State who has adopted the MHDP. This program allows individuals who are first time […]

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We recently had the opportunity to defend a client against a Temporary Restraining Order and Harassment charges filed by his ex-wife. Final Restraining Orders are serious judgements that are permanent in nature. FRO hearings are actual bench trials during which evidence is introduced and each party has the opportunity to testify and be cross-examined. In […]

Please enjoy this Slideshare presentation. Jersey Shore Crimes | Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorney from Stephen McGuckin


According to, on May 8, a Plainsboro Patrolman discovered two individuals, later identified as adult male coworkers, engaged in a heated argument in front of the Plainsboro Township municipal parking lot. Further investigation revealed that the men had traveled separately from a company gathering at Jose Tejas in Woodbridge. One gentleman drove a black 2015 Dodge Challenger […]

Ocean County shore towns see a big spike in Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Under the Influence charges in the summer months due to the heavy influx of beach and vacation traffic throughout the Jersey Shore. These towns include Toms River, Brick, Seaside, Point Pleasant, and Long Beach Island Towns such as Surf City, Beach Haven, and Ship Bottom. State and local police more heavily enforce traffic laws in […]

North Brunswick is certainly among Middlesex County municipalities with high occurrences of shoplifting charges. With ample shopping centers within its borders such as the Shoppes and Walmart, North Brunswick Municipal Court handles hundreds of shoplifting charges each year. Additionally, numerous indictable shoplifting charges occur in North Brunswick but are ultimately decided at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. […]

According to this article, two major heroin distribution networks in Southern New Jersey have been busted, leading to the arrests of thirty-four people who were responsible for importing roughly 50,000 doses into Ocean County each week. “These simultaneous operations are incredible investigative feats,” Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato stated. Multiple law enforcement agencies including federal, state, […] recently reported that Stafford police charged a Manahawkin woman with heroin possession after a motor vehicle stop on Newell Avenue near South William Cook Boulevard. The on-duty patrolman stopped a silver Mazda at 2:15 p.m. on May 1. After a brief initial investigation, he arrested the driver on an outstanding Galloway Township warrant. Further investigation […]

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Today we were able to achieve a solid outcome on behalf of a client who had been arrested for allegedly shoplifting from a Middlesex County Walmart. While she did not technically exit the store, she was approached by in-store loss prevention officers who had  apparently noticed that she had concealed items with the purpose of […]

We recently had the opportunity to represent a gentleman who had been charged with a first offense DWI after being pulled over on the Garden State Parkway by a New Jersey State Trooper as a result of driving at an excessive rate of speed that reached 115 MPH. After administering the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, […]