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2019

Blog Posts in 2019

  • Hate Crimes in New Jersey

    In recent years, hate crime allegations have substantially increased and garnered national media attention. Consequently, New Jersey courts are being more conscientious than before about bringing such charges against an individual. A hate crime is described as any criminal offense that targets a person due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Prosecutors ...
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  • Don’t Be Accused of a Sex Crime at Your Work Holiday Party

    Every year, companies throughout the United States celebrate another year of success and the festive season by hosting a holiday party. These celebrations often consist of delicious food being served, an open bar with a significant amount of alcohol, as well as loud music and a dance floor to keep the party going until the early morning hours. In recent years, however, many employers have either ...
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  • How Police Detect Drunk Drivers

    In order to make a traffic stop for suspected DUI , law enforcement must have “reasonable suspicion” that a crime has occurred, is currently happening, or will happen soon. But what makes officers initially become suspicious? Remember, the police do not have the right to just stop a vehicle based on a gut feeling or hunch. Rather, they must have a reason to pull someone over, often established by ...
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  • What Factors Affect Your BAC Level?

    After a DUI arrest, police officers will ask you to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) or the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. If your BAC level is at least .08 percent, you can be charged with drunk driving in New Jersey. There are several factors that affect a person’s BAC, which include the following: Body type – In general, the more a person weighs, the ...
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  • When Can the Police Pull You Over for Suspected DUI?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled a list that consists of more than 100 visual cues to help law enforcement identify suspected drunk drivers. The list is broken down into four distinct categories: speed and braking problems, judgment issues, vigilance problems, and issues staying within a driving lane. Speed & Braking Problems Intoxicated motorists experience ...
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  • How to Dress for Criminal Court

    If you are scheduled to appear in court for an alleged criminal offense, one of the things you must prepare for is what to wear. Since defendants often never testify at trial, how you dress shows how much you respect the court and that you take the charges against you seriously. Both men and women should dress conservatively like they are going to work, a religious service, or an otherwise formal ...
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  • New Jersey Self-Defense Laws

    If you have been accused of violent crime such as assault or murder and you were protecting yourself or another person from unlawful use of force or imminent danger, you may claim self-defense to avoid being convicted. Every person has a right to protect themselves from harm, serious bodily injury, or death. The following are three elements a case must have for the defendant to successfully ...
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  • Can Convicted Felons Vote in New Jersey?

    The United States is a democratic country that grants every citizen voting rights, enabling them to elect officials who represent their beliefs and vote in policies that benefit their lives. Next November, millions of Americans will determine who will serve the next four years as the U.S. president. As long as you are 18 years of age or older, been a state resident for at least 30 days before the ...
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  • What Is Restitution?

    A conviction for a criminal offense—whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony—often results in jail time or imprisonment and fines. Additionally, the court can order the defendant to pay restitution to the victims of the alleged crime. While fines and restitution are both financial costs the defendant is responsible for, the former is paid to the court as a punishment and the latter is given to the ...
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  • Can I Go on Vacation While on Probation in NJ?

    A conviction can result in a wide variety of punishments, including probation . There are several conditions a person must follow when sentenced to probation, such as travel restrictions. So, what happens when the family plans to take a trip to another state or country? If you are on probation in New Jersey, are you allowed to join your loved ones on vacation? The answer is that you must obtain ...
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  • Aggravated DUI in New Jersey

    A first-time DUI conviction in New Jersey is punishable by a fine of up to $400, license suspension for up to three months, and a maximum 30-day jail sentence. However, even a first offense can lead to increased penalties—or even a felony charge—if certain aggravating factors exist in the case. Common factors of aggravated DUI in New Jersey include: High BAC – To be found guilty of a DUI, the ...
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  • New Jersey Revenge Porn Laws

    Couples nowadays sometimes share intimate and sexual photos and videos with each other over text, e-mail, and even social media messaging. However, when the relationship goes south, many jealous individuals seek revenge by sharing these private images online for the world to see in order to humiliate their exes and damage their reputation. This type of practice is known as revenge porn, which ...
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  • Common Cybercrimes in New Jersey

    The internet has become a huge part of our lives in today’s society, whether it’s communicating with peers and sharing photos of daily activities or staying current with the news and even performing work tasks. However, there are many crimes that are committed online. The following are the most common cybercrimes in New Jersey: Child pornography – While child pornography has existed prior to the ...
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  • Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes After a DWI Arrest

    Many people who commit a first-time DWI in New Jersey are also facing the criminal justice system for the first time in their lives. Unfortunately, there are several legal pitfalls that can ruin your chances of getting your entire case dismissed or your charges substantially reduced. The following are the most common mistakes people make after getting arrested for drunk driving: Fail to take ...
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  • NJ Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Get Fired for Failing a Drug Test

    According to a ruling by the New Jersey appeals court on March 27, 2019, state workers cannot be fired if they fail a drug test because they are medical marijuana patients. Unless a patient is under the influence at work, they are protected by the state Law Against Discrimination. The State Department of Health says approximately 45,000 patients are currently registered to the state program. Every ...
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