On December 21st 2010 I moved in with an acquaintance I’ve known for a long time in Camden Voorhees Camden County NJ. We had an oral agreement that I would rent two of the four bedrooms in his home (bedroom and office). The guy whom I move in with is also a white male about 50 years old. The agreement was $600 per month including all utilities and use of common areas. The guy is a control freak and constantly threatened to “throw me out” for things like “Using different color towels in the bathroom” and other obsurd things. The Voorhees Police got involved and called him about three weeks ago advising him if he changed the locks to keep me out he would be arrested. It has been a disaster. Among a long list of issues, he constantly forced me to leave the home when the house was being shown to prospective buyers, he didn’t abide by our agreement to make repairs as promised to my bathroom which was unusable for the 1st two weeks, tried to throw me out by moving all my stuff to the garage TWICE… Apparently these actions appear to be in violation of NJ Landlord tenant laws. I cannot afford to move at this time otherwise I would have been long gone. I wrote him a letter and gave it to him on morning of day the rent was due on 1/20. Letter said I was withholding rent for many reasons several reasons and was demanding 4 times the rent to be returned for his actions.
I guess he didn’t like the letter because that same afternoon he went to the police and lied to get a temporary restraining order (TRO). That evening I was arrested on phony charges for assault and forced to leave my residence and live elsewhere until the hearing. The plaintiff, my roommate/homeowner, said I pushed and injured him the night before.
He lied and I was arrested, searched and handcuffed. Brought out to a police car by 5 police officers in front of a half dozen neighbors in a town where my family lives. Everyone now knows and this is very embarrassing and has hurt my reputation. Then forced to live elsewhere on a friends a couch for 5 days with the same clothes and none of your medications or necessary items. MAJOR ISSUE: This shut down my company. Two "key" employees resigned the next day after the Plaintiff told my employee his fiction story. I have the emails proving this incident caused them to resign. I lost my ability to make money because of this incident. Have you ever been arrested and had to spend hours in a police station going through a humiliating booking and fingerprinting process? I feel that a criminal
conviction for false statements purjury or similar warranted.
At the TRO hearing: The judge was able to deduce that he was lying and the incident never happened. During the hearing the judge asked him 3 times to change his testimony or she was going to "call the prosecutor myself and have you charged with perjury." I was pro se, the plaintiff was represented by an attorney so the judge told him to discuss this with his attorney and he did. He responded to the judge, "I wish to retract my testimony."
The judge then dismissed the TRO.
It seems very clear that the plaintiff admitted he lied at the TRO hearing. As a result it can be concluded he committed perjury when he obtained the TRO and again for the Assault charge. Perhaps filing false police reports
I was advised by the Camden county prosecutor’s office to go to the police station and ask the police to file charges. I intend to go today. Please keep in mind that I intend to pursue this in civil court
as well. My roommate has a lot of equity in his home and is trying to sell it now. Therefore these actions will, I hope, ultimately help any civil action.
1. How would you (how should I) approach the police. Should I say, “The other person maliciously and intentionally went after my reputation my rights, and ultimately I need the help of the courts to set right.”
2. If what I said is accurate, did he commit perjury in obtaining the original TRO and the assault charge?
3. What charges do you feel that I should be seeking? If Perjury, which degree and why?
4. The assault charge is still pending and the court date is Monday. Do you think this has any impact on me going to the police today?
5. I cannot afford to get a transcript of the hearing. Do you think the police will get the transcripts of the trial
or just ask the judge to provide a statement?
I understand I have not hired an attorney and your responses are advice only. I do not understand a lot of the legal processes, therefore, your thoughtful advice is greatly needed. Thank you very much!!