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  • New Jersey Hazing Law

    Hazing is a type of initiation ceremony practiced in the United States. It usually involves the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving abuse, humiliation, or harassment. College fraternities have acquired a poor reputation for their hazing practices, some of which have led to the physical harm or even deaths of some initiates. Since 1970, there has been at least one ...
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  • Arson Defense Lawyer on Fire in Court

    Earlier this year, in March of 2017, a Miami defense attorney was on fire in court—literally. As he began his closing arguments defending a man accused of arson in front of the jury, Attorney Stephen Gutierrez’s pants burst into flame. His closing argument specified his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set aflame; during this time, the attorney had been fiddling in ...
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  • An Overview of New Jersey's Ignition Interlock Laws

    Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence can carry a number of heavy consequences, even for first-time offenders. In addition to large fines, jail time, license restrictions, mandatory drug and alcohol classes, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you drive. An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalyzer that functions as a ...
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  • Five Tips to Avoid a DUI This Summer

    Summer is full of celebrations. In addition to the popular Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day holidays, lots of New Jersey residents choose to enjoy the warm weather with barbecues, pool parties, and other get-togethers with family and friends. These numerous occasions mean lots of alcohol will be consumed over the next several months, and that means law enforcement will be increasing ...
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  • The Difference Between a Bench Warrant and an Arrest Warrant

    There are many different types of warrant a judge could issue in the state of New Jersey. However, only two of them have similar conclusions—both will lead to the arrest of an individual. Despite the same results, there is a significant difference between the two. An arrest warrant is an order issued after a grand jury or law enforcement officials have enough probable cause to suspect you have ...
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  • Understanding the Importance of New Jersey’s Rules of Evidence

    Rules of evidence concern what can and can’t be admitted into the record of a legal proceeding as evidence in both civil and criminal proceedings. Evidence also covers the burden of proof, admissibility, relevance, weight, and sufficiency of what should be admitted to the prosecution’s case against you. The Federal Rules of Evidence govern the admissibility of evidence in federal trials, but each ...
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  • Technology & Criminal Convictions

    Technology has become a staple of the modern world. In the United States, you can’t throw a stone without hitting someone speaking on a smartphone. Most people have computers at home, or access to public computers at the library. People even carry around technology on their bodies, such as wireless headphones or smart watches. Most of this technology also developed over the past 20 to 30 years, ...
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  • Can a NJ Defendant Claim Insanity for a DWI?

    A driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can lead to some severe penalties in the state of New Jersey. As such, many defendants and defense attorneys have pursued a variety of defenses when facing a DWI criminal charge. One of the potential defenses for any crime is the insanity defense, or whether or not a defendant was incapable of understanding the wrongful nature of their conduct at the time ...
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  • When Is an Ignition Interlock Device Required?

    An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breathalyzer installed into an individual’s vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than is programmed into the device, it will prevent the car from being started. If you’ve been charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), a ...
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  • New Jersey Bail Reform in 2017

    Taking effect in January 2017, major changes are happening to New Jersey’s bail system. New Jersey voters approved a 2014 amendment which eradicated the state constitutional right to bail that allows defendants to be released from jail on bail unless they didn’t have the money. Instead of a judge setting a monetary bail, courts will rate defendants based on security risks. The following is a ...
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  • What Happens When You're Added to the NJ Sex Offender Registry

    Sex crime convictions in New Jersey can be severe, including lengthy jail sentences and steep fines with the possibility of additional restitutions paid to the alleged victim. Arguably the most damaging of penalties, however, is the mandatory registration to the New Jersey sex offender list . Even people convicted of low-level, nonviolent sex crimes, such as public lewdness , will need to ...
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  • Misdemeanors Vs. Felonies - Severities of Criminal Violations

    If you are placed in handcuffs, put in a jail cell, and book for a criminal violation, you have allegedly committed either a misdemeanor or a felony . You should actually be told which one pertains to your arrest but that is probably all the information you are going to get upfront. It begs the questions, “How are misdemeanors different from felonies? And should I be concerned about it?” ...
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  • How Can Probation Be Violated?

    Being granted probation instead of jail time following a criminal conviction can feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders. Instead of going behind bars for a year or so, you get to stay in your home and neighborhood, living as you normally would – with a few stipulations. The average probation will come with a few or all of these common condition requirements: Regular meetings with an ...
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  • Erase Your NJ Criminal Record Through Expungement

    Arrests and criminal convictions rarely only affect a person’s life while their criminal case is open or while they are serving their sentence. Depending on the severity of the offense, a past arrest or criminal charge can negatively impact a person’s life for years to come, hindering their employment prospects and preventing them from re-assimilating into society. Fortunately, certain individuals ...
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  • A Guide to DWI License Suspensions in New Jersey

    Arguably one of the most devastating consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. As if the threat of criminal consequences and expensive fines were not reason to worry enough, losing one’s driving privileges can be devastating to a person’s mobility and hinder their ability to travel to places such ...
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