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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Shoplifting

      Shoplifting is no longer a minor offense in New Jersey. The value of goods stolen as a result of retail theft in America is estimated to be $36 billion a year. Paramus, New Jersey, for example, has the largest dollar amount of retail sales of any ZIP Code in America and the highest number of thefts of any municipality in Bergen County. As a result of huge amount of losses suffered by retailers ...

    Criminal Defense

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Charges

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    • 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 ...
    • 4 men face charges following drug bust

      Following an undercover drug investigation that took place in 2014 in New Jersey, four men entered a guilty plea for their alleged involvement in what law enforcement officials say was a major drug trafficking ring in Burlington and Ocean counties. Both federal and state officials led the investigation known as "Operation Speed Racer". According to authorities, the men were charged after an ...

    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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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    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 ...

    White Collar Crimes

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    • 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 ...
    • Trump University accused of defrauding over 5,000 people

      Headlines in New Jersey newspapers might be full of campaign promises from presidential candidate Donald Trump, but former students of Trump University have accused him and his now-closed institution of fraud. The New York State attorney general plans to continue prosecuting the state's civil fraud case against Trump University now that it has survived a review by an appeals court. Although no ...
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