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  • Who Can See Expunged Records in New Jersey?

    Unfortunately, after serving their time, paying the necessary fines, and trying to reintegrate into society, many convicted felons face employment discrimination and financial challenges after their release. Because of the societal consequences and/or discrimination, ex-offenders may consider expunging their record (if they are eligible). An expungement refers to the removal of any records of ...
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  • Former NJ Youth Director Facing Child Porn Charges

    Arnold DiBlasi was arrested and charged with possessing and distributing pornographic images of children ; he also faces four counts of child endangerment charges. After a warrant was executed on July 26, DiBlasi was taken into custody and placed in Burlington County Jail. DiBlasi is the former youth group director at Holy Eucharist Parish in Cherry Hill. He has been under investigation since May ...
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  • What Is Mortgage Fraud?

    Mortgage fraud is a federal offense that occurs when a homebuyer, seller, or lender lies about or omits important information in relation to a mortgage loan. Under federal law, a person who commits mortgage fraud can face up to 30 years of imprisonment, and perpetrators may face civil litigation if another party incurs significant damages. There are two categories that mortgage fraud falls into: ...
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  • Common Fourth of July Crimes

    What Are Some Common Crimes Committed on July 4 th ? While the holiday weekend is a cause for celebration and many people will be gathering at barbecues and parties, the Fourth of July weekend can be dangerous. Certain crime s are more likely to be committed over this weekend, including but not limited to: Underage drinking. Under New Jersey law, a person under the age of 21 is not legally ...
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  • Plea Bargains in Criminal Cases

    What Is a Plea Bargain? A plea bargain (also referred to as plea deals or negotiated pleas) is an option that defendants can take to avoid harsh penalties for a crime. Specifically, a plea deal is an agreement between the prosecution and a defendant in which the defendant pleads guilty or no contest in exchange for: the prosecution dropping one or more charges, the reduction of their charges to a ...
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  • Shawn Harewood's Retrial Begins | Safaree Samuels Robbery Case

    Four years ago, rapper Safaree Samuels (Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend who is best known for being a star on Love & Hip Hop) was robbed at gunpoint in Fort Lee . Samuels was on the way to an interview on the Angie Martinez Show . The gunman and his accomplices stole $183,000 worth of jewelry. Samuels alleged that two men ran up to him, held him at gunpoint, and stole his jewelry. A TMZ video was later ...
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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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