Municipal Court Rundown

Livingston Weekly Court News, March 31 - April 6

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Municipal Court settled two cases for the week of March. 31 through April 6.

Christopher Vancooten of Orange, N.J. was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS (controlled dangerous substance) in a motor vehicle, and driving with an obstructed windshield.

As part of a plea agreement, the latter three charges were turned into a conditional discharge, meaning Vancooten must stay clean of marijuana for one year at which time the charges will be dismissed. If he does not remain clean, he will face the charges in full.

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For the charges of possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Vancooten was sentenced to pay a $33 in court cost fees, $50 to the Victim of Crime Compensation Fund, $75 to the Safe Neighborhood Fund, a $75 discharge fee, $50 to the D.A.R.E. Fund, $50 to the State Lab Fund, and $500 to the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction Fund.


Katharine Conyack of Fairfield, N.J. was charged with DWI, careless driving, failure to exhibit a driver’s license, revoked driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to inspect.

As part of a plea agreement, all charges, except the charge of DWI, were dismissed.

For DWI, she received a 10-year license revocation, a 10-year registration revocation, a 180-day jail term and fines of $1006, $33 in court cost fees, $50 to the Victim of Crime Compensation Fund, $75 to the State Neighborhood Fund and a $200 DWI surcharge fee.

Following the revocation of her license, Conyack must use an interlock device, which is a breathalyzer car starter, for three years.

Obrien reportedly was previously charged with three counts of DWI.

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