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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 ...
    • Arson Defense Lawyer on Fire in Court

      Earlier this year, in March of 2017, a Miami defense attorney was on fire in court—literally. As he began his closing arguments defending a man accused of arson in front of the jury, Attorney Stephen Gutierrez’s pants burst into flame. His closing argument specified his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set aflame; during this time, the attorney had been fiddling in ...
    • Simple Assault

      Tempers flare. Threats get made. A punch gets thrown. Someone screams. And suddenly the police are on the scene. The charge could be simple assault. Maybe. There is nothing simple about simple assault under New Jersey law. For one thing, the victim doesn't even have to be injured. For another thing, the charge may depend on the victim's job. Or, it might turn on what the assailant said or whether ...

    Criminal Defense

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Charges

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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 ...
    • Medical Marijuana Laws in New Jersey

      In early 2010, outgoing governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine signed into law a bill permitting the use of medical cannabis for people with qualifying conditions. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV / AIDS, seizure disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease, severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and any terminal illness. As of 2015, ...
    • 5 New Jersey residents arrested in heroin bust

      Five New Jersey residents, including three members of the same family, were busted on heroin and other drug charges on March 3. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation by agencies in multiple counties, including Ocean County, Burlington County and Atlantic County. According to authorities, a raid conducted at the Washington Township home of an alleged heroin kingpin turned up around ...

    Drunk Driving

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    • A Guide to DWI License Suspensions in New Jersey

      Arguably one of the most devastating consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. As if the threat of criminal consequences and expensive fines were not reason to worry enough, losing one’s driving privileges can be devastating to a person’s mobility and hinder their ability to travel to places such ...
    • Drunk driving case may change loaner car policies

      Auto dealers and repair facilities in New Jersey and around the country may soon be asking a lot more questions before providing their customers with loaner vehicles. Loaner car agreements are likely to be scrutinized in the wake of a Texas appeals court decision that will allow a lawsuit filed against a Chrysler dealer in the state be heard by a jury. The dealer is being sued because its allowed ...
    • New Jersey high school teacher charged with DWI

      On the night of Jan. 13, a New Jersey high school teacher was charged with drunk driving in Lodi. According to authorities, the female suspect stopped her vehicle on the 200 block of Church Street and proceeded to get into a verbal altercation with a resident standing nearby. Responding police officers gave the suspect, a 40-year-old Lodi resident, several field sobriety tests, which she allegedly ...

    DUI/DWI

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • What is "Probable Cause?"

      Law enforcement can’t arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence on nothing more than a whim or a gut feeling. In fact, the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution forbids this practice. So in order to actually make an arrest and legally charge someone with a crime like DUI, they must first establish what is known as “probable cause.” Let’s take a closer look at this concept and how ...

    Expungement

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    • Erase Your NJ Criminal Record Through Expungement

      Arrests and criminal convictions rarely only affect a person’s life while their criminal case is open or while they are serving their sentence. Depending on the severity of the offense, a past arrest or criminal charge can negatively impact a person’s life for years to come, hindering their employment prospects and preventing them from re-assimilating into society. Fortunately, certain individuals ...

    Gambling

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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, ...

    License Suspensions

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    • A Guide to DWI License Suspensions in New Jersey

      Arguably one of the most devastating consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. As if the threat of criminal consequences and expensive fines were not reason to worry enough, losing one’s driving privileges can be devastating to a person’s mobility and hinder their ability to travel to places such ...

    Probation

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    • How Can Probation Be Violated?

      Being granted probation instead of jail time following a criminal conviction can feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders. Instead of going behind bars for a year or so, you get to stay in your home and neighborhood, living as you normally would – with a few stipulations. The average probation will come with a few or all of these common condition requirements: Regular meetings with an ...

    Sex Crimes

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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 ...
    • What Happens When You're Added to the NJ Sex Offender Registry

      Sex crime convictions in New Jersey can be severe, including lengthy jail sentences and steep fines with the possibility of additional restitutions paid to the alleged victim. Arguably the most damaging of penalties, however, is the mandatory registration to the New Jersey sex offender list . Even people convicted of low-level, nonviolent sex crimes, such as public lewdness , will need to ...
    • Man faces sex charges after being caught with teen

      A New Jersey man was taken into custody for sex offenses and other charges after police investigating a possible car accident found him in the company of a 16-year-old girl on March 11. The suspect, age 32, met the teen online. According to reports, Florham Park police received a report about a damaged vehicle sitting in the parking lot of a local recreation facility. Responding officers ...

    Theft Crimes

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    White Collar Crimes

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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