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  • 6 Reasons Domestic Violence May Increase During the Holidays

    COVID-19, The Holidays & Domestic Violence The holiday season is a cheerful time for many people, but 2020 has made it difficult for families to enjoy the “most wonderful time of year” as they initially expected. Family gatherings, parties, traveling, and holiday shopping are some of the various holiday activities that people are forced to forego due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, various ...
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  • Porch Pirates: Data, Penalties & Legal Defense

    Key Findings on Porch Piracy Since March 2020, an increasing amount of people have resorted to online shopping to better avoid going out in public and taking the risk of spreading or getting ill from COVID-19. For instance, people can order groceries, clothes, household supplies, and holiday gifts from the comfort of their own homes. In fact, government officials have encouraged Americans to ...
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  • Has Crime Decreased During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    COVID-19 Impacts on Crimes The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the lives and wellbeing of millions of Americans. To help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, city officials have been forced to make drastic decisions such as imposing stay-at-home orders, civil penalties for violating safety regulations, and releasing low-level offenders from correctional facilities. With this in ...
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  • Prescription Drug Abuse: Signs, Symptoms & Key Facts

    What Is Prescription Drug Abuse? The US Department of Health and Human Services defines prescription drug abuse as the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feeling elicited. The only way to legally obtain a prescription drug is to have a valid prescription from a licensed doctor or physician and purchase it through a pharmacy, use ...
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  • 3 Tips to Avoid Disorderly Conduct Charges on Halloween

    Halloween is full of activities, whether they be costume contests, trick-or-treating, pranks or parties. That is why people do not waste the opportunity to make the most of this beloved holiday by participating in the fun. But sometimes, Halloween activities can come to an abrupt halt when actions and behaviors get “out-of-hand.” Maybe someone had too much to drink, a Halloween prank went awfully ...
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  • Is Marijuana Odor Probable Cause for a Warrantless Search in NJ?

    Warrantless Searches Under The “Plain Smell” Doctrine Marijuana use continues to be a widely debated topic in the US. In New Jersey, recreational marijuana has yet to be legalized, although its medical counterpart was passed into law in 2010. Qualified medical marijuana patients can access a variety of marijuana treatments but must be cautious when transporting such items in their vehicles. ...
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  • When Does a Legal Firearm Become Illegal?

    Limitations on Your Right to Bear Arms The Second Amendment is a crucial constitutional right in America. While countless citizens exercise their right to bear arms, many people don’t realize that strict rules govern who can and cannot possess a firearm. New Jersey, like many states, strictly enforces the legal possession of firearms, therefore it’s beneficial to learn its firearm laws to best ...
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  • 3 Ways to Best Prevent a DUI on Labor Day

    Tips for Labor Day Weekend 2020 The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 390 people may die on US roads this Labor Day holiday period. Falling on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is a national federal holiday that celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers, who enhance the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. While Americans use this opportunity ...
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  • What Is the Most Shoplifted Book?

    The Irony of “Thou Shalt Not Steal” Among the most shoplifted books in the world is the Bible, according to several sources including CNN and the NY Times . Yes, that’s right. The word of God is in such high demand that people resort to shoplifting to get their hands on it. Despite a common reason for shoplifting the Bible being that it should be free of charge, the law can be brutal when ...
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  • Is Cyberbullying a Crime in NJ?

    Online Bullies Can Go to Jail When you hear the word “bullying,” you may envision a group of kids harassing a lonely classmate by pushing them, teasing them and throwing their books. When you think of online bullying, you may think of people posting nasty, hateful comments on someone’s Facebook status or photo. Bullying has been an ongoing battle for decades, and it can take place both in-person ...
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  • Benefits of a Criminal Trial Specialist

    Pursuing the Highest Standards of Excellence Our criminal defense lawyers at Brickfield & Donahue are not your average attorneys: We are Criminal Trial Specialists Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey . In December 2016, only 1,650 out of 75,000 active New Jersey lawyers earned this designation. Anyone can call themselves a criminal lawyer, but not everyone can be a criminal law ...
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  • People on Probation & Parole in NJ Can Vote

    Understanding A5283 Impacts on Voting Rights A revolutionary new bill affects New Jersey residents who are on parole or probation. As part of his Second Chance Agenda, Governor Phil Murphey signed A5823 on December 18, 2019 to restore voting rights to residents who are on parole or probation. Effective March 17, 2020, this bill can impact over 80,000 NJ citizens. Only 16 other states allowed ...
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  • Falsely Positive Breathalyzer Tests

    Drugs & Alcohol Aren’t the Only Causes of a DUI Breathalyzer tests are notoriously unreliable. Besides faulty test administration and defective equipment, several external and underlying factors can interfere with your breathalyzer test results and produce a false positive. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the factors that could put you at risk for a DUI charge: Medications : Prescription ...
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  • 5 Steps to Follow When Stopped by Police

    Avoid Further Trouble at All Costs Whether it’s your first time getting stopped by the police or not, interacting with them can be intimidating. Their presence alone is enough to provoke anxiety in some people, but when they stop you because they’re suspicious of your actions, your conduct could make or break you. One wrong move could cost you your freedom, or even your life. It doesn’t matter if ...
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  • Public Intoxication in New Jersey

    Public Drinking at Your Own Risk As summertime approaches, you may be eager to relax by the pool, enjoy barbeques and soak up the sun with a drink in hand. While it is more than acceptable to enjoy your summer, especially after suffering months of quarantine due to COVID-19, you must also keep something in mind. Unlike many states, public intoxication in New Jersey isn’t illegal . Now, this ...
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