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  • What Are Your Miranda Rights?

    You’ve probably seen a TV show or movie where a criminal gets arrested and then the arresting officer starts quoting several phrases in an almost robotic or rehearsed-sounding tone. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you…” it usually starts out. While you may not think twice about it, this is actually an extremely important inclusion that’s a big ...
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  • The Hot List: The 10 Most Stolen Car Models in America

    When you think of things that are stolen frequently, you may think of things like phones, wallets, purses, or even cars. Cars are stolen quite frequently because of their immense value and usefulness, as well as their plentiful supply. However, some vehicles seem to find themselves in the sights of potential thieves far more often than others. There are plenty of reasons for this, but the biggest ...
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  • Why Hire a Former Prosecutor to Defend You?

    Abraham Lincoln once said “He who represents himself has a fool for a client,” which essentially means that those who try to defend themselves against accusations of a crime are likely going to regret it. That means if you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, it’s strongly advised that you find an attorney who is qualified to fight for you. However, with so many different ...
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  • Four Common Internet Crimes & Their Penalties

    When it comes to influential technology over the last couple of decades, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that the internet isn’t on the top of the list. While the worldwide web has enabled us to stay connected to each other easier and put a wealth of information right at our fingertips like never before, it’s also led to a whole new variety of crimes. While some of these offenses would never have ...
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  • Have I Committed Tax Evasion?

    Filing your tax return every year is a mandatory responsibility for American citizens, and most people know just how important it is for them to be neat, accurate, and honest when filling out the necessary paperwork—nobody wants to face the dreaded tax audit or worse, be accused of tax evasion. The crime of tax evasion is willfully and knowingly misrepresenting or lying on your tax return forms to ...
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  • Do Police Need a Warrant to Search My Cellphone or Computer?

    Recent statistics estimate that over 90 percent of all Americans own a cell phone, with two thirds of those phones being “smart phones” capable of connecting to the internet and functioning in many of the same ways a computer did in the past. Computers are perhaps even more common, with almost every American household owning at least one personal computer. As such, cell phones and computers both ...
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  • What Is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

    You may have heard the term “civil asset forfeiture” or “civil forfeiture” tossed around in the news somewhat recently. This controversial practice was brought back into the limelight when Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his support for utilizing this practice as a way of deterring criminals, particularly those involved in the drugs and narcotics black market. But while law enforcement ...
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  • Four Traffic Violations with Criminal Consequences

    Many people dread seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a law enforcement patrol officer in their rear view mirror. Usually this means they ran a red light, rolled a stop sign, made an illegal lane change, or were caught speeding, and you’re going to have to face the dreaded traffic violation citation. However, did you know there are instances where you could be stopped by a patrol officer ...
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  • An Overview of New Jersey Drunk Driving Penalties

    Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in the United States, with each state having their own laws restricting and penalizing this action. New Jersey’s laws are particularly stringent, carrying a number of different possible penalties ranging from fines to possible jail time, and much more. While a DUI conviction is normally considered a misdemeanor, they are taken ...
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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 ...
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  • The Three Commonly Accepted Field Sobriety Tests

    When you are pulled over or stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on suspicion of driving under the influence, the smell of alcohol is often not enough to warrant establishment of probable cause, which is mandatory in order to legally make an arrest. Instead, officers will usually turn to other tools that are specifically designed for the job: field sobriety tests. A field sobriety test is a task ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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