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  • How a Cannabis Vacation Could Land You in Trouble in New Jersey

    To date, nine states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana, and this has prompted the rise of a new form of tourism. “Cannabis vacations,” or trips to these states where marijuana is legal to purchase and consume under some restrictions (just like alcohol) are suddenly becoming immensely popular with people who wish to enjoy the substance for themselves. States have reported significant ...
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  • What Changed About the Legality of Sports Gambling?

    If you’re a fan of sports at all or even have simply been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably heard a fair amount about sports gambling this year, and for a good reason: in May the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law which prohibited all but four states from legalizing gambling on sporting events. The four exempted states? Oregon, ...
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  • Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin Isn't Money in Landmark Case

    If you’ve been paying any attention to the news for the last several months, you’ve probably heard quite a bit of noise about this thing called “bitcoin.” Bitcoin is one of thousands of different types of cryptocurrency, a type of money that has no physical form and is used expressly in electronic financial transactions. It’s easy to see the appeal of bitcoin: it’s not connected to any single ...
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  • What is "Doxxing" & Is It Illegal?

    The internet has changed the way we interact with each other. However, this newfound ability has also come with some consequences: while we’re now more connected than ever, we’re possibly more at risk than ever before as well. In fact, privacy and protecting sensitive information is now immensely more difficult, and private information seems to be exposed fairly frequently. However, private ...
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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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