A tragic accident earlier this month left one man dead. According to reports, two men are now facing charges of death by auto after the car accident near MetLife stadium in New Jersey. They were both charged, although only one of the men allegedly hit the motorcyclist that died in the accident. In cases involving a tragic death, it is important to be sensitive to the victim's family, but also remember that those charged have rights that must be preserved.
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One of the most famous missing children cases has sprung to life again this week. Police are now investigating whether this crime truly has ties to a New Jersey man, who allegedly has confessed to killing the young boy, Etan Patz, in 1979. While police are still investigating, and many facts about this latest case activity are still unknown to the public, it is important to look at this case from a criminal defense perspective.
When a person is accused of a crime and arrested, a police report might be involved. This is a report that authorities will make, summing up their point of view on how an arrest took place. These reports can be released to the general public, and are often the sole source of new reports. A man in New Jersey is not facing media scrutiny because of an arrest for a DUI. His history of alleged offenses made him a target for public opinion.
When it comes to drug charges, no accusation should be considered trivial. The potential fallout for anyone in New Jersey, just from the allegation, can be huge. Employment can be affected. Educational opportunities could be lost. And it doesn't matter if the substance involved is a prescription narcotics or cocaine.
Sometimes states put on campaigns to target certain crimes. They also may recognize officers that make arrests. This week a New Jersey police officer was recognized for making the most DUI arrests in the state. By recognizing arrests, police departments may encourage police officers to pull people over, when they aren't necessarily doing anything wrong, and subjecting them to embarrassing tests on the side of the road.
When criminal charges are related to a person's line of work, they can be especially serious. If a person in New Jersey is accused of sexual assault when they work for a school, the consequences could be career ending. Simply being accused of such a crime could have devastating effects on a person's reputation and might spell the end of their career in education.
A New Jersey mom is being accused of a crime that many people would gasp at. It has caused a lot of national media attention, but could be explainable. Many people use tanning booths, and understand the risks associated with using the machines that emit ultraviolet rays that can harm the skin. Now a New Jersey woman, who happens to tan often, is facing criminal charges of child endangerment after she was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter tanning. News reports don't indicate whether any salon reported her taking her daughter tanning, and authorities say she snuck her daughter into a booth.
When people hear new reports of an arrest or charges filed against someone, many people automatically assume that person is guilty. This is probably because most news stories are only using the police report. This police report is used to assist the prosecution in the case that might be brought against the person arrested. The police often don't include defense statements in their reports.