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State v. Jefferson

September 20, 2007

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
RONALD JEFFERSON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Burlington County, I-03-09-1223.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted May 8, 2007

Before Judges Kestin and Payne.

Defendant, Ronald Jefferson, appeals from his conviction by a jury on charges of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1), from his extended-term sentence of seven years in custody with a three and one-half year period of parole ineligibility, and from a simultaneously-imposed, four-year concurrent sentence for violation of probation on a charge of third-degree possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance as set forth in Burlington County Indictment Number 02-02-0228.

On appeal, defendant raises the following arguments through counsel:

POINT I

THE TRIAL COURT SHOULD HAVE SUPPRESSED THE NINE PACKETS OF CRACK COCAINE THAT WERE SEIZED FROM THE VAN AS A RESULT OF AN ILLEGAL WARRANTLESS SEARCH.

POINT II

THE TRIAL COURT SHOULD HAVE SUPPRESSED DEFENDANT'S STATEMENT BECAUSE HE DID NOT KNOWINGLY, INTELLIGENTLY, AND VOLUNTARILY WAIVE HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS.

POINT III

THE VERDICT WAS AGAINST THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT DEFENDANT POSSESSED CRACK COCAINE. (NOT RAISED BELOW.)

POINT IV

DEFENDANT'S SENTENCE TO AN EXTENDED TERM OF SEVEN YEARS INCARCERATION WITH THREE AND ONE-HALF YEARS PAROLE INELIGIBILITY MUST BE ...


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