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2021

Blog Posts in 2021

  • DWI with a Minor Passenger in New Jersey

    A DWI conviction in New Jersey can result in harsh criminal penalties, such as fines, driver’s license suspension, and potentially jail time. However, if you are pulled over for drunk driving with a child in the vehicle, you could face more serious consequences. According to state law, it is a “disorderly persons offense” to drive while impaired with a minor who is 17 years old or younger in the ...
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  • New Jersey Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

    On September 16, 2021, the New Jersey Judiciary announced that the state has expunged over 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1 – with thousands more to come. The move comes months after the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order, which “provides for the dismissal, vacating, and expungement of certain marijuana and hashish cases from criminal records. In 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed ...
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  • Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault in NJ

    There are two types of assault charges in New Jersey: simple assault and aggravated assault . As the names apply, simple assault is less harsh compared to aggravated assault. Simple Assault in New Jersey Generally, simple assault means harming another person and causing minor injuries (e.g., small cuts and bruising), as well as threatening or attempting to harm someone else. This violent crime is ...
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  • No License Suspension for Most First DUI Offenders in NJ

    As of December 1, 2019, most first-time DWI offenders in New Jersey will not have their driver’s licenses suspended. However, anyone who is convicted of drunk or drugged driving must install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle(s). According to updated DWI laws, if a first offender is convicted of a DWI with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of below .15 percent, license ...
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  • Sentencing for Multiple Offenses

    How Does Sentencing for Multiple Charges Work? Getting charged for multiple crimes is not just frightening — it can derail your livelihood. Charges are merely accusations and do not equate to a conviction. This is reassuring to know, although, it’s important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best when faced with criminal charges. Getting charged with one crime versus multiple crimes can ...
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  • Recreational Cannabis Market to Be Established in NJ

    New Jersey Commission Approves Regulated Marijuana Marketplace On August 19, 2021, New Jersey’s cannabis regulators approved rules to set up the state’s recreational marijuana market . While recreational marijuana was officially legalized for adults ages 21+ in February of this year, a marketplace was not yet established. Now that cultivator licenses are up for grabs in the Garden State, New ...
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  • What Happens if You Knowingly Infect Someone with HIV?

    Can You Go to Jail for Giving Someone HIV? The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has had a long, deadly history here in the US. In today’s day and age, however, our advances in medicine have allowed people living with HIV (PLHIV) to live long, healthy lives. Despite these advancements, 37 states criminalize HIV exposure, including New Jersey. Not only that but some PLHIV have been charged with ...
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  • Is It Illegal to Leave a Child in a Car in NJ?

    New Jersey Unattended Child Law Parents have a lot on their plates. Besides working and maintaining their homes, they must tend to their children day-in and day-out. Although rewarding, the life of a parent can be overwhelming and exhausting. As such, it is easy for parents to forget the basics sometimes . Their daily routines may get disrupted, causing parents to forget even the most obvious ...
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  • Common Mistakes in Police Report Writing

    What Could Happen if My Police Report is Poorly Written? Police reports are the backbone of the criminal justice system, as they lay the foundation for a criminal case. For this reason, police reports are considered legal documents that only trained officials can complete. Details matter, as any mistake made in a police report could affect the entire case. Luckily, attorneys are skilled at ...
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  • How Does Drug Court Work in NJ?

    What Is Drug Court? Drugs and alcohol are significant factors in the commission of crimes. People suffer altered states of mind and poor judgment skills when under the influence of drugs and alcohol, causing them to do things they otherwise wouldn’t do if they were sober, such as committing crimes. The state of New Jersey recognizes that it’s important to address the root of these problems, which ...
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  • Is Hazing a Crime?

    New Jersey Hazing Law Hazing is a type of initiation that many college students participate in. Fraternities, sororities, athletic organizations, and other student establishments on university campuses initiate members into their groups in a variety of ways, including hazing. This raises questions and concerns about the hazards and impacts of hazing. In New Jersey, a person is guilty of hazing if ...
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  • Can You Go to Jail for Accidentally Starting a Fire?

    Is Accidental Fire a Crime? The data below demonstrates how dangerous and widespread fires can be in New Jersey and nationwide. For this reason, people who start fires could be charged with arson regardless of whether or not it was an accident. In 2018, 599 fire departments reported incidents to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Of all New Jersey fires that occurred that year, ...
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  • New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

    Cannabis Laws in New Jersey vs. New York: Know the Difference As of March 31, 2021, New York became the 15 th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults age 21+. This is significant, as pot smokers could face little to no consequences for using cannabis in the Empire State. As such, any adult who is 21 and over can use and possess marijuana in New York. Although New Jersey legalized ...
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  • What to Do at a DUI Checkpoint

    How Do You Handle a DUI Checkpoint? Sobriety checkpoints function to help detect and arrest drunk drivers while deterring other drivers from committing DUI. The perceived risk of arrest has a strong influence on people’s decisions, as these checkpoints are highly visible, publicized, and conducted regularly in many cities. The thought of getting caught at a DUI checkpoint is enough to convince ...
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  • COVID-19 Brings Increase in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

    Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Increasing During Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic brought more than a virus into our nation. It also brought a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in populous US cities, such as the Bay Area, New York, and Los Angeles. A report by California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reveals a nearly 150% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes across 16 major cities ...
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