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  • Can a Felon Get a U.S. Passport in NJ?

    Who Is Ineligible for a Passport? Certain felons may be ineligible for a passport because of the type of offense they committed. Specifically, under 22 U.S. Code § 2714 , a person convicted of a federal drug offense, or a state felony drug offense can be denied issuance of a U.S. passport when they are imprisoned or on parole or supervised release as a result of their conviction. In some cases, a ...
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  • Carrying a Handgun Without a Permit in NJ

    Permits to Carry Handguns | N.J.S. 2C:58-4 New Jersey Statute § 2C:58-4, a person should have a valid permit to carry a handgun , and a single permit covers all handguns that a permit holder has. Thus, it is illegal to possess a handgun without a permit to carry it. While you can have a gun inside your home, it becomes to carry it once you have it on your person outside of your home or in your car ...
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  • What Is Criminal Mischief?

    Vandalism or Criminal Mischief Charges in New Jersey In New Jersey, criminal mischief is basically the crime of vandalism , which involves illegally damaging another person’s property. Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:17-3 , criminal mischief is legally defined as purposely, knowingly, and/or recklessly: damaging someone else’s physical property with the use of fire, explosives, or other dangerous means, or ...
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  • Fake IDs & Underage Drinking in NJ

    What Happens If You Get Caught with a Fake ID? Underage teens may obtain and use fake IDs to buy alcohol . However, it is not only illegal to consume alcohol when you are underage, but it is also illegal to possess or use a fake ID. According to N.J.S.A. §2C:21-2.1, it is unlawful to display a false document that is meant to represent a document issued by the government, such as a fake ID, ...
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  • Probation Violations in New Jersey

    Probation vs. Parole: What’s the Difference? Parole is a supervised early release from prison for those who were sentenced to jail or prison time. Probation is an alternative to imprisonment, and defendants sentenced to probation do not serve their time in jail or prison. Probation Violations Just as each case is unique, the terms of your probation are unique and will differ on a case-to-case ...
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  • Assault by Automobile or Vessel in New Jersey

    Legal Definition of Assault by Auto According to N.J.S.A. § 2C:12-1, an assault by auto or vessel occurs when a person recklessly drives their vehicle and causes bodily or serious bodily injury to another person. As it relates to this statute, a vessel is considered a “means of conveyance for travel on water and propelled otherwise than by muscular power.” In short, it’s a boat, ship, or ...
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  • New Jersey Internet Sex Crimes

    Is Watching Pornography a Crime? You can legally watch porn—if you do so in private. Because of a ruling made by the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division in 2019, it is a fourth-degree criminal offense to watch adult pornography in your parked car if it is in plain view of others (State vs. Lomanto, Docket No. A-5273-16T4). This act is considered an instance of public obscenity (N.J.S.A. ...
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  • Prescription Drug Possession & Distribution

    According to N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-10.5 , it is illegal for a person to knowingly possess or distribute prescription drugs without a legitimate prescription from a licensed practitioner. You can be accused of violating this law in connection with prescription medications including but not limited to: OxyContin or oxycodone Adderall Vicodin Percocet Xanax Valium Ritalin Roxycontin Diazepam Important ...
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  • What Are Grounds for Appealing an Excessive Sentence?

    Late last year, a trial involving a 2019 truck wreck in Colorado made national news. According to CBS News, the accident involved a truck crashing into stopped traffic while traveling on Colorado’s Interstate 70 near Denver. In the aftermath of the wreck, four people were killed and many others were injured. The truck driver who caused the crash claimed that the wreck happened because his brakes ...
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  • Is a Marijuana DWI Considered as Serious as an Alcohol-Related One?

    In popular culture, marijuana usage is often portrayed in a more casual light than taking hard drugs or drinking alcohol. Because of this, when people think of incidents involving someone driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), the first thing to come to mind is usually drunk driving. In addition, the way marijuana use is portrayed also impacts how marijuana DWIs are viewed. In many cases, a ...
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  • Can Juveniles Be Tried as Adults in New Jersey?

    If your child has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you know how stressful and worrisome this situation is as a parent. The idea of your child being adjudicated (or undergoing judgment and receiving a sentence for their crimes) in the juvenile court system is likely less intimidating. Sentences issued in juvenile court tend to be more lenient with a goal toward rehabilitation, in ...
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  • What Are My Rights if I'm Arrested in New Jersey?

    If you’ve been arrested, a million thoughts likely raced through your mind while under custody. Will I go to jail? If so, how long will I be there? How will this affect the rest of my life? What will my family and friends think? Is there any hope for me in my circumstances? When in this scenario, it’s essential you know your rights and secure the representation of an experienced criminal defense ...
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  • How a DWI/DUI Conviction Can Affect Your Car Insurance

    When you are convicted of a DWI/DUI , you can expect there to be financial consequences. Not only will your car insurance rates increase but you will also face multiple financial penalties as a result of your conviction. The Financial Consequences of a DUI Conviction If you are convicted of a DUI in New Jersey, the penalties vary based on whether this is a first-, second-, or third-time offense. ...
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  • What Disqualifies You from Gun Ownership?

    The Second Amendment is an integral part of our constitutional rights in America. You have a right to protect yourself and your property. However, the right to bear arms is conditional and subject to reasonable limitations. Your right to bear arms can be affected —and essentially restricted —if you are convicted of certain federal or state crimes and felonies. It is important to note that New ...
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  • DWI with a Minor Passenger in New Jersey

    A DWI conviction in New Jersey can result in harsh criminal penalties, such as fines, driver’s license suspension, and potentially jail time. However, if you are pulled over for drunk driving with a child in the vehicle, you could face more serious consequences. According to state law, it is a “disorderly persons offense” to drive while impaired with a minor who is 17 years old or younger in the ...
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