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  • 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 ...
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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 ...
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  • Get a Drone this Holiday Season? Know the Laws Before Taking to the Skies!

    Drones were a popular holiday gift this past year, and if you were one of the many people who received one, you probably couldn’t wait to plug in the battery and take to the skies to see the world from a whole new perspective. However, very few people take the time to read up on what the laws have to say about flying these aircraft, and as a result some might find themselves in trouble with the ...
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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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Why Is My Child Being Tried as an Adult?

    In the state of New Jersey, minors under the age of 18 are usually adjudicated in the juvenile court system , where punishment is typically more lenient in favor of a focus on rehabilitation. However, there are some circumstances where juveniles may be transferred to adult court. When this happens, minors are subject to much harsher consequences – consequences that can forever alter their lives. ...
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  • Do Police Have to Have a Warrant to Make an Arrest?

    When it comes to criminal defense , exploring all the facts and circumstances surrounding an arrest is critical. This is because law enforcement officers are obligated to abide by the law and obey certain rules and procedures so as not to violate an individual’s rights. Should it be discovered they failed in this obligation, it can be a significant factor in one’s defense – a factor that may ...
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  • Will I Lose My Commercial Driver’s License If I Get a DUI?

    Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers face much more severe penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) than the average passenger vehicle driver. Likely, this severity is the result of the vehicles they drive. CMVs such as big rigs can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. If a driver loses control of a CMV, he or she can cause extensive amounts of damage to other drivers and ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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  • DUIs & Employment Background Checks: What You Should Know

    One of the biggest reasons you should fight to avoid a conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) is to avoid the consequences of having a criminal record. A DUI conviction, even an impaired driving charge that doesn’t end with a sentence, can negatively affect your career. This adverse effect can particularly harm offenders who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or who usually drive as ...
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  • An Overview of New Jersey's Ignition Interlock Laws

    Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence can carry a number of heavy consequences, even for first-time offenders. In addition to large fines, jail time, license restrictions, mandatory drug and alcohol classes, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you drive. An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalyzer that functions as a ...
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