Attorney for Englewood Woman Charged with Assault Requests Hearing for Bail Reduction Motion

By Travis Tormey posted in Assault and Threat Crimes on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

bail reduction motion case.jpgThe attorney representing an Englewood woman who is facing assault charges for allegedly beating her mother-in-law requested a hearing to present a motion for a reduction in his client’s bail in Bergen County Superior Court on Monday, January 6th.

The case involves 54-year-old Englewood resident Mary Tene and her husband, 45-year-old Jimmy Miller, who were both indicted in connection with the beating of Miller’s 82-year-old mother on September 11th.

Tene was charged with assault for allegedly seriously injuring her mother-in-law, after the woman attempted to persuade Tene to stop using drugs. Miller was initially charged with a less serious offense, but his charges were upgraded by a grand jury to assault as well, following the inclusion of additional evidence in relation to the case. Miller was released after posting bail in the amount of $50,000.

According to the Englewood Police Department, the assault of the elderly woman left her with a concussion and without multiple teeth. Following the incident, Tene fled the state and attempted to conceal her identity. She was apprehended three weeks later in the Bronx and taken to the Bergen County Jail, at which time her bail was set at $125,000.

In the recent hearing in Hackensack, Tene’s attorney requested permission to present a bail reduction motion, which was granted by Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian. As such, a hearing will be scheduled in which Tene’s attorney can present his case for a bail reduction to the judge.

Under New Jersey law, a bail reduction motion can be filed pursuant to Rule 3:26-2(d) and is defined as a motion filed by defense counsel in an attempt to convince the court that the defendant’s bail should be decreased based on the circumstances of the case. Some of the critical factors to be considered by the court in relation to a bail reduction motion include the following:

  • The nature and degree of the charges
  • The defendant’s prior record (if any)
  • The defendant’s reputation in the community
  • The defendant’s connections to the community, including any property ownership, family ties, employment, etc.
  • The defendant’s likelihood and ability to flee if released on bail

In this case, Tene has multiple factors working against her, one of which is her prior record, which includes violent crimes committed in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Further, her previous attempt to flee the state illustrates an increased likelihood to do so again if she is released on bail. Considering these extenuating circumstances, Tene’s attorney will need to present compelling evidence to support the reduction of her bail in order to have his motion granted.

For more information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Lawyer requests reduced bail for Englewood woman accused of beating mother-in-law, 82


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