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  • The Benefits of Expungement

    Do I qualify for an Expungement? The qualifications for expungement are based on a set of factors that are unique to each crime and personal history. These factors include the absence of past criminal convictions, the crime itself, the verdict or plea and the subsequent waiting period. It is crucial that you speak with a qualified New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who can help you determine your ...
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  • The Pre-Trial Intervention Program & Diversion Programs

    The Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Program is one of three diversion programs offered in New Jersey. These diversion programs include the PTI Program, the Conditional Discharge Program and the Conditional Dismissal Program. Despite varying in the criminal charges that they apply to, they are similar in that each one is an alternative to jail or prison time and result in charge dismissal. If your ...
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  • Three Common Holiday Theft Crimes

    The holidays are almost upon us, and while for many people that means a time of joy, celebration, and festivity, it also means a time of opportunity for would-be thieves. Many people may not realize it, but the holidays are actually a time where theft crimes increase dramatically. With so much activity, there is a lot of opportunity for thieves to strike, and that means certain types of theft in ...
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  • The Difference Between Assault & Battery in New Jersey

    If you’ve watched nearly any crime drama on television or seen a crime drama movie, you’ve probably heard the term “assault and battery” thrown around. In fact, it’s so common that many people mistakenly believe that these two terms are one name to refer to the same crime. In some states across the country, this is true—assault and battery can be used interchangeably because they refer to the same ...
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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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