Vandalism at Cinnaminson Church May Result in Criminal Charges
Authorities from the Cinnaminson Police Department are currently investigating a vandalism incident at a local church that has been deemed a “bias crime.”
The incident in question occurred just after 3:00 o’ clock in the morning on Sunday, May 7th, at Saint Charles Church, located at 2500 Branch Pike in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Surveillance video at the church captured the crime, during which a male suspect threw rocks at the front door several times. The man, who remains unidentified, appears to be a white male with a beard and long brown hair, fastened in a bun at the time.
At approximately 7:00 a.m., maintenance workers at the church discovered broken glass in the front door. Shortly thereafter, Cinnaminson police received another report of a brick thrown through a window at another church, specifically, the New Apostolic Church located at Branch Pike and Pomona Road. Officials believe that these were “bias crimes” and have asked that anyone with information regarding the incidents or the suspect immediately contact Cinnaminson Police at 856-829-6667, extension 2061 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-78-Crime.
If investigators ultimately identify and charge a suspect in connection with this case, he may face criminal charges for a hate crime, criminal mischief, and other offenses.
What is a Bias Crime in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, a bias crime, often referred to as a “hate crime,” can refer to any illegal conduct that is intended to intimidate or threaten a person or group based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. The most common hate crime is known as “Bias Intimidation,” which is discussed in New Jersey Statute 2C:16-1. According to this statute, bias intimidation can refer to any offense outlined in chapters 11 through 18 of the New Jersey Criminal Code that is committed or attempted with the purpose of intimidating the victim. The underlying offense in a bias intimidation case can range from simple assault, to criminal mischief, harassment, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats. Notably, a person convicted of bias intimidation will face separate penalties in connection with the underlying offense if they are found guilty of both crimes. In other words, a charge for bias intimidation does not prevent you from also being charged with harassment, assault, criminal mischief, etc.
New Jersey Criminal Mischief Charges
In this case, the underlying offense is known as criminal mischief (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3). Criminal mischief offenses generally involve property damage. In New Jersey, you can be charged with criminal mischief for purposely or knowingly damaging the tangible property of another or damaging another’s property recklessly or negligently in the employment of fire, explosives or other dangerous means.Criminal mischief charges vary in terms of the degree of these crimes, based on the estimated value of the property damage, the nature of the property, and the results of the damage, meaning was anyone hurt or killed; or was their a disruption of a public utility or service as a result of the offense?
In cases involving bias crimes and criminal mischief offenses, the consequences can be severe. It is essential to protect yourself, which is why having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can spell the difference between a positive and negative outcome. If you are facing charges in South Jersey, criminal defense attorney William Fay is available to answer your questions with a cost-free consultation. Simply call 609-832-3202 anytime to discuss your case.
Authorities from the Cinnaminson Police Department are currently investigating a vandalism incident at a local church that has been deemed a “bias crime.” The incident in question occurred just after 3:00 o’ clock in the morning on Sunday, May 7th, at Saint Charles Church, located at 2500 Branch Pike in […]
"William handled a matter for me and exceeded my expectations. He was excellent in
all areas of the law and achieved an outstanding result. Best of all,he demonstrates honesty and integrity. I
would highly recommend William and already have."
"I was so scared and nervous about my legal situation but Mr. Fay did an outstanding
job with my case!!! I was so relieved with the outcome and he worked so hard for me! He was so calm and
understanding and I’m so grateful for him. Thank you so very much for helping me! I am so grateful
"All Charges Dropped & Expunged"
"William defended me in my marijuana + paraphernalia case, he had all charges
dropped and expunged! Despite the fact I was long past conditional discharges/probation, etc. He has a sharp wit
and a bright future ahead of him as an attorney. Thanks again Will!"
"Mr. Fay is a fantastic lawyer. He helped me during a very stressful time in my
life. He was knowledgeable about my case and what my options were. He answered all my questions and was very
reassuring. He was there waiting for me at the entrance on my court date and made me feel at ease. He worked
with the prosecutor to reduce my charges. I got the best outcome I could have hoped for. I highly recommend Mr.
Fay if you need a lawyer."
"I was arrested and summoned to court for possession of marijuana, even though I
didn't have any on me. It was my first time getting in trouble and I was terrified and nervous. Mr. Fay came
into court prepared and was extremely assuring. He made it very clear that he was going to fight for my case
until the very end. He was extremely knowledgable about my case and the ways to resolve it. I would recommend
Mr. Fay to anyone who has gotten into trouble."
"Excellent lawyer. Highly recommended."
"Mr. Fay is extremely caring and knowledgeable. He took the time to explain the
entire process in a very clear manner and was a tremendous help during a stressful time. He was always available
to take a phone call and really showed that he cared about me and my case. I highly recommend Mr. Fay as an
"Great lawyer. Created a best possible outcome for my case."
"Amazing job, explains very clearly"
"He did a fantastic job on my case, making my penalty much less than I thought it
could possibly be. He clearly understands what he is doing and can explain everything in a way that anyone can
understand. Any questions I had were answered very clearly and he listened to all small details of my case."
You might mistake car burglary for a different crime, like theft. Burglary is a term most associated with house invasions but breaking into a car or a house is no different in the eyes of the law. The penalties are equally severe under New Jersey statute 2C:18-2. You could face […]
Deep Dive into Field Sobriety Tests for DWI in New Jersey What are Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST)? Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) are standardized tests law enforcement uses on the roads and other public places to test drivers for impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs. When are SFST’s […]
What Most People Want to Know when Charged with a DWI in New Jersey What is Considered a DUI in NJ? Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) means driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. The law forbids anyone from […]
If you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal or DUI offense in New Jersey, finding the
answers you need to make informed decisions is critical. Complete our contact form to request your free
consultation or contact 609-832-3202
We are available 24/7 Nights and Weekends to Provide Free Consultations | Hablamos Español