Weapons Forfeiture Hearing Morris County NJ
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A Morris County sheriff who had a temporary restraining order filed against him is attempting to get his guns back after they were seized.
A weapons forfeiture hearing to determine whether the suspect should get his guns back was scheduled for earlier this month. However, due to the suspect’s high-ranking position in Morris County, the hearing was transferred to Paterson NJ and rescheduled for October 28.
Law enforcement seized the suspect’s weapons after police responded to a domestic violence complaint at his home. The suspect’s estranged wife reportedly filed a temporary restraining order against the suspect. Just one month later, she dropped the complaint.
According to court officials, the initial hearing to determine whether the suspect’s guns should be returned to him was actually rescheduled after prosecutors declared a need for more time. Prosecutors in the case indicated that they are conducting a continuing investigation into the underlying incident.
The suspect’s defense attorney has argued that there are no grounds for the seizure of the suspect’s weapons, especially since the criminal complaint was voluntarily dropped. Nonetheless, New Jersey state guidelines require police officers and prosecutors to follow very specific procedures when it comes to the seizure, and the subsequent return, of weapons in domestic violence cases. As a result, the suspect will have to wait to get his guns back – if he gets them back at all.
They took my weapons – Forfeiture Hearing in Morris County Court
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Morris Sheriff Wants His Guns Back, but Domestic Violence Unit Has ‘Continuing Investigation.’”