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2014

Blog Posts in 2014

  • Study says genes may impact deliquency in teens

    New Jersey families might benefit from learning more about a recent study that link common genes and their variants to violent behavior or delinquency. The subjects of the study published by the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology on Dec. 11 included variants of the 5-HTTLPR, BDNF and MAOA genes. A less active variant of each of these genes can be found in a significant proportion of ...
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  • Trenton police make major heroin bust

    Officers with the Trenton Police Department reportedly took a man into custody on the morning of Dec. 16 who allegedly was in possession of 1,500 bags of heroin at the time. The bust and seizure was the result of a month-long investigation, according to police. The 38-year-old man allegedly attempted to flee when officers approached him. The man reportedly ran from a vehicle that had pulled into a ...
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  • Bail in New Jersey

    When a person is accused of a crime in New Jersey and is arrested, a judge will set bail in most cases. Bail is either money or another form of assurance, such as a bond, that is designed to make certain the person will appear for all of his or her hearings. Upon the resolution of the defendant's case, the court returns the posted money to the person who submitted it in the case. When determining ...
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  • Early morning raids lead to drug conspiracy charges

    Eight people in New Jersey were accused of being involved in a national drug trafficking network. Following a series of early morning raids in Atlantic City, the accused individuals made their first appearances in federal court in Camden on Dec. 11. All but one of the defendants faces drug charges for conspiracy to distribute over 280 grams of crack cocaine, over one kilogram of heroin and over ...
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  • Madoff employee sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

    New Jersey residents may be interested in a story involving a 48-year-old man who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on Dec. 10 for his role in the Bernie Madoff scandal. In addition to the jail sentence, he was also ordered to forfeit $19.75 billion, which was considered to be a symbolic penalty. The man was sentenced nine months after being found guilty by a Manhattan jury of securities fraud ...
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  • Mayor accused of DWI

    On Nov. 9, A New Jersey mayor was accused of driving drunk after a traffic stop. While he was traveling along Route 130 at around 1 a.m., Lambertville Mayor David M. DelVecchio was pulled over by police in Mansfield. Police say that they learned DelVecchio had consumed alcohol prior to driving when they conducted an on-scene investigation. The 58-year-old man allegedly failed sobriety tests before ...
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  • Guide to Ponzi schemes

    A Ponzi scheme as determined via criminal law is a form of alleged investment fraud that involves paying money contributed initially by new investors to existing investors and claiming that these funds are returns on their investment. Prosecutors may allege that the business never invested money and instead just sought new investors with promises of risk-free high returns. The fraud is that the ...
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  • What 3 tests are commonly used for field sobriety tests?

    When a New Jersey driver is pulled over for potential drunk driving, they may be asked to perform certain field sobriety tests. Unless the driver is disabled or cannot otherwise perform the common field sobriety tests, the main tests that a driver is most likely to encounter are the walk-and-turn test, the one-leg test and the HGN test. The walk-and-turn and the one-leg test are both "divided ...
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  • Convicted felon facing heroin distribution charges

    According to officials, a 54-year-old convicted felon from New Jersey has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. According to court documents, the man stands accused of possessing 26 bags of heroin stamped with the logo "9 1/2 Plus." The man's first court appearance was held via video link on Nov. 24. Following advisement of his rights and the charges filed ...
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  • What is Megan's Law?

    In New Jersey, Megan's Law was originally signed into law on Oct. 31, 1994, requiring those convicted of sex offenses to register and setting community notification standards for the areas in which convicted sex offenders reside. The law was broadened to include mandatory Internet registration when a new portion was signed into law on July 31, 2001. Since that time, people convicted of certain sex ...
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  • New Jersey substitute teacher charged with sexual assault

    A 21-year-old woman who works as a substitute teacher has been accused of sexual assault. The woman faces several charges for sex crimes after an alleged incident that occurred on Nov. 20 in Wayne, New Jersey. Charges were filed the following day after a special victims unit investigated the incident. According to the principal of the high school where the woman was substituting, she was not ...
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  • Possible defenses to NJ lewdness charges

    The freedom of expression and the ability to do as one pleases without interference from government are rights enjoyed by residents of New Jersey and other communities throughout the United States. These rights are not, however, without limitation. Society prohibits people from engaging in acts of indecency such as lewdness that might be observed by other people. Lewdness in New Jersey occurs when ...
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  • Man charged with DWI after car chase with police

    New Jersey police claim that a man from Roselle led them on a car chase on Nov. 3 that resulted in a series of moving violations and the detention of all four individuals in the vehicle. After a brief investigation, the other three occupants were released, and the driver was taken to Garwood Police Headquarters to face charges of DWI and other crimes. According to the police, they first made ...
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  • What is sexual assault?

    Under New Jersey law, sexual assault is considered a serious crime. An individual who is convicted of this offense could face severe sanctions such as a long term in prison. Depending on the circumstances of a case, an individual could be charged with sexual assault, which is a second-degree offense. However, if penetration occurred, the accused person might be charged with aggravated sexual ...
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  • 2 New Jersey men accused of running heroin mill

    On Oct. 30, two people in New Jersey were detained for allegedly operating a heroin mill. The 30-year-old and 29-year-old men were apprehended at a home in Hackensack, and they were both charged with money laundering and maintaining a drug facility. Police also charged one of the men for allegedly using somebody else's personal information. After the men were taken into custody, officers executed ...
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