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    • The Megan's Law Tier Classification Hearing In New Jersey

      The Registrant Risk Assessment Scale In New Jersey, shortly after a Megan's Law offender is released from prison or shortly after he or she is placed on probation, the State (oftentimes the applicable County Prosecutor's Office) will serve him or her with a Registrant Risk Assessment Scale ("RRAS") form. Below is an outlined basis for a Megan's Law Tier classification. The Megan's Law Tier ...
    • 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 ...
    • Simple Assault

      Tempers flare. Threats get made. A punch gets thrown. Someone screams. And suddenly the police are on the scene. The charge could be simple assault. Maybe. There is nothing simple about simple assault under New Jersey law. For one thing, the victim doesn't even have to be injured. For another thing, the charge may depend on the victim's job. Or, it might turn on what the assailant said or whether ...

    Criminal Defense

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    • Explaining the Difference Between Parole and Probation

      People who don’t know the laws in detail often know of similarities, but can on occasion get things confused. For example, many people erroneously use the terms “murder” and “homicide” interchangeably, but the two have an important difference between them. The same goes for “probation” and “parole.” Both of these legal terms start with the letter “P” and both refer to ways someone who is convicted ...
    • The Basics of Search & Seizure Laws

      The founding fathers of our country were adamant believers in individual freedom, and went to great lengths to preserve it. They firmly believed that freedom meant not having to worry about the government or authorities intervening in your life without a legitimate and necessary reason, and for that reason they framed the Constitution in such a way that it severely limited the size and scope of ...
    • A Brief Primer on New Jersey's Bribery Laws

      Bribery is a powerful tool in circles of power, and that means it’s a fairly common type of white collar crime. According to New Jersey law, bribery includes soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any sort of personal benefit in exchange for violating or agreeing to violate any duty of fidelity you might have. As we’ll see on this blog, that can be pretty widely-inclusive. Here is a brief ...

    Drug Charges

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    • Medical Marijuana Laws in New Jersey

      In early 2010, outgoing governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine signed into law a bill permitting the use of medical cannabis for people with qualifying conditions. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV / AIDS, seizure disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease, severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and any terminal illness. As of 2015, ...
    • 5 New Jersey residents arrested in heroin bust

      Five New Jersey residents, including three members of the same family, were busted on heroin and other drug charges on March 3. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation by agencies in multiple counties, including Ocean County, Burlington County and Atlantic County. According to authorities, a raid conducted at the Washington Township home of an alleged heroin kingpin turned up around ...
    • New Jersey authorities bust massive drug ring

      According to New Jersey authorities, 12 men have been indicted on first-degree racketeering charges for allegedly running an online cocaine and designer drug business. The busts led to the seizure of $1.2 million, which is one of the biggest cash hauls in state law enforcement history. A 31-year-old Lake Hopatcong man was allegedly the leader of the group. He is charged with being the leader of a ...

    Drunk Driving

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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 ...
    • Drunk driving case may change loaner car policies

      Auto dealers and repair facilities in New Jersey and around the country may soon be asking a lot more questions before providing their customers with loaner vehicles. Loaner car agreements are likely to be scrutinized in the wake of a Texas appeals court decision that will allow a lawsuit filed against a Chrysler dealer in the state be heard by a jury. The dealer is being sued because its allowed ...
    • New Jersey high school teacher charged with DWI

      On the night of Jan. 13, a New Jersey high school teacher was charged with drunk driving in Lodi. According to authorities, the female suspect stopped her vehicle on the 200 block of Church Street and proceeded to get into a verbal altercation with a resident standing nearby. Responding police officers gave the suspect, a 40-year-old Lodi resident, several field sobriety tests, which she allegedly ...

    DUI/DWI

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    • What is "Probable Cause?"

      Law enforcement can’t arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence on nothing more than a whim or a gut feeling. In fact, the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution forbids this practice. So in order to actually make an arrest and legally charge someone with a crime like DUI, they must first establish what is known as “probable cause.” Let’s take a closer look at this concept and how ...
    • Common Field Sobriety Test Mistakes

      In order to arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence, law enforcement must establish probable cause, which is a legal term for a confirmed suspicion that a crime has been committed. In order to legally establish probable cause, law enforcement will often ask you to complete a field sobriety test, which is a task designed to show whether or not you are intoxicated with a fairly ...
    • Handling Your DUI with a Past Conviction

      Most people worry about being pulled over for a DUI for the 1 st time, never mind the 2 nd or 3 rd time. Those who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the past have the most to worry about, as criminal conviction of each subsequent DUI increases the punishment level. A 2 nd , 3 rd , or even 4 th conviction means offenders are afforded far less leniency by the court. These ...

    Expungement

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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 ...

    License Suspensions

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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 ...

    Probation

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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 ...

    Sex Crimes

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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 ...
    • Man faces sex charges after being caught with teen

      A New Jersey man was taken into custody for sex offenses and other charges after police investigating a possible car accident found him in the company of a 16-year-old girl on March 11. The suspect, age 32, met the teen online. According to reports, Florham Park police received a report about a damaged vehicle sitting in the parking lot of a local recreation facility. Responding officers ...
    • 3 men sentenced to prison for failing to register new addresses

      It was reported Feb. 22 that three individuals who were on the New Jersey sex offender list were sent to jail after they did not update their addresses. All sex offenders must keep their addresses updated under Megan's Law. The three cases were not related. One 38-year-old man from Toms River pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to failing to register his new address in October. He was sentenced to 364 days in ...

    Theft Crimes

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    • A Brief Overview of New Jersey Theft Crime Laws

      Theft crimes are some of the most commonly-committed offenses out of all of the many various types on the books. Theft can be something as small as taking a candy bar from a store to as large as defrauding people out of millions of dollars through a clever scheme. Because these offenses can come in so many different ways, the laws that protect against theft need to be broad and all-encompassing in ...
    • Beware Identity Theft This Holiday Season!

      The holidays are here, and that means fun and joyful celebrations for many people. But that doesn’t mean criminals are also taking a break from the grind of their daily life. In fact, quite the opposite: certain crimes spike dramatically during the holidays, especially identity theft. With more and more people choosing electronic forms of payment, it’s now easier than ever to have your identity ...

    White Collar Crimes

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    • A Brief Primer on New Jersey's Bribery Laws

      Bribery is a powerful tool in circles of power, and that means it’s a fairly common type of white collar crime. According to New Jersey law, bribery includes soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any sort of personal benefit in exchange for violating or agreeing to violate any duty of fidelity you might have. As we’ll see on this blog, that can be pretty widely-inclusive. Here is a brief ...
    • Fraud charges can affect others in an organization

      Individuals involved in running a business or organization with other people run the risk of being accused of wrongdoing when one of the owners or organizers is charged with fraud and other crimes. New Jersey charity organizers can learn a lesson from a recent case in which commission of a federal crime by one of two charity organizers could have had dire consequences for the other one. A ...
    • New Jersey man facing fraud and money laundering charges

      A 67-year-old New Jersey man was taken into custody on March 16 on charges that he funneled more than $5 million from his payroll company in order to finance his lavish lifestyle. Prosecutors say that the man used the money to make investments, place a deposit on a Florida house worth $1.8 million and pay for cars, boats and aircraft. The man's attorney said in a statement that her client accepted ...
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