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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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    • $100 Million NJ Deli Scheme Ends in Federal Fraud Charges

      Three Men Charged in Securities Trading Schemes In 2021, a hedge fund manager, David Einhorn, brought Hometown Deli in Paulsboro, New Jersey into the spotlight by questioning how a single deli had $100 million stock with just over $38,900 in sales. While Einhorn was writing a blog meant to advise investors about the dangers of excess and levy for more regulatory oversight, he pointed investigators ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Charges

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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 ...
    • Is a Marijuana DWI Considered as Serious as an Alcohol-Related One?

      In popular culture, marijuana usage is often portrayed in a more casual light than taking hard drugs or drinking alcohol. Because of this, when people think of incidents involving someone driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), the first thing to come to mind is usually drunk driving. In addition, the way marijuana use is portrayed also impacts how marijuana DWIs are viewed. In many cases, a ...
    • 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 ...

    Drunk Driving

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    • Is a Marijuana DWI Considered as Serious as an Alcohol-Related One?

      In popular culture, marijuana usage is often portrayed in a more casual light than taking hard drugs or drinking alcohol. Because of this, when people think of incidents involving someone driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), the first thing to come to mind is usually drunk driving. In addition, the way marijuana use is portrayed also impacts how marijuana DWIs are viewed. In many cases, a ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    DUI/DWI

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    • Is a Marijuana DWI Considered as Serious as an Alcohol-Related One?

      In popular culture, marijuana usage is often portrayed in a more casual light than taking hard drugs or drinking alcohol. Because of this, when people think of incidents involving someone driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), the first thing to come to mind is usually drunk driving. In addition, the way marijuana use is portrayed also impacts how marijuana DWIs are viewed. In many cases, a ...
    • How a DWI/DUI Conviction Can Affect Your Car Insurance

      When you are convicted of a DWI/DUI , you can expect there to be financial consequences. Not only will your car insurance rates increase but you will also face multiple financial penalties as a result of your conviction. The Financial Consequences of a DUI Conviction If you are convicted of a DUI in New Jersey, the penalties vary based on whether this is a first-, second-, or third-time offense. ...
    • 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 ...

    Expungement

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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 ...
    • What Are My Rights if I'm Arrested in New Jersey?

      If you’ve been arrested, a million thoughts likely raced through your mind while under custody. Will I go to jail? If so, how long will I be there? How will this affect the rest of my life? What will my family and friends think? Is there any hope for me in my circumstances? When in this scenario, it’s essential you know your rights and secure the representation of an experienced criminal defense ...
    • 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 ...

    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, ...

    In the News

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    • Essex County Suspect Charged with Armed Robbery

      Charles Johnson of Essex County, New Jersey has been charged with three counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and three counts of using, carrying, and displaying a firearm during the commission of a crime . For each count of the Hobbs Act, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine determined by the court. Using and brandishing a firearm carries a penalty of a minimum of seven years of imprisonment ...
    • $100 Million NJ Deli Scheme Ends in Federal Fraud Charges

      Three Men Charged in Securities Trading Schemes In 2021, a hedge fund manager, David Einhorn, brought Hometown Deli in Paulsboro, New Jersey into the spotlight by questioning how a single deli had $100 million stock with just over $38,900 in sales. While Einhorn was writing a blog meant to advise investors about the dangers of excess and levy for more regulatory oversight, he pointed investigators ...
    • 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 ...

    License Suspensions

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    • Is a Marijuana DWI Considered as Serious as an Alcohol-Related One?

      In popular culture, marijuana usage is often portrayed in a more casual light than taking hard drugs or drinking alcohol. Because of this, when people think of incidents involving someone driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), the first thing to come to mind is usually drunk driving. In addition, the way marijuana use is portrayed also impacts how marijuana DWIs are viewed. In many cases, a ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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    • 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 ...
    • People on Probation & Parole in NJ Can Vote

      Understanding A5283 Impacts on Voting Rights A revolutionary new bill affects New Jersey residents who are on parole or probation. As part of his Second Chance Agenda, Governor Phil Murphey signed A5823 on December 18, 2019 to restore voting rights to residents who are on parole or probation. Effective March 17, 2020, this bill can impact over 80,000 NJ citizens. Only 16 other states allowed ...
    • 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 ...

    Sex Crimes

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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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...

    Theft Crimes

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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 ...
    • Porch Pirates: Data, Penalties & Legal Defense

      Key Findings on Porch Piracy Since March 2020, an increasing amount of people have resorted to online shopping to better avoid going out in public and taking the risk of spreading or getting ill from COVID-19. For instance, people can order groceries, clothes, household supplies, and holiday gifts from the comfort of their own homes. In fact, government officials have encouraged Americans to ...
    • What Is the Most Shoplifted Book?

      The Irony of “Thou Shalt Not Steal” Among the most shoplifted books in the world is the Bible, according to several sources including CNN and the NY Times . Yes, that’s right. The word of God is in such high demand that people resort to shoplifting to get their hands on it. Despite a common reason for shoplifting the Bible being that it should be free of charge, the law can be brutal when ...

    Weapons Charges

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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 ...
    • What Disqualifies You from Gun Ownership?

      The Second Amendment is an integral part of our constitutional rights in America. You have a right to protect yourself and your property. However, the right to bear arms is conditional and subject to reasonable limitations. Your right to bear arms can be affected —and essentially restricted —if you are convicted of certain federal or state crimes and felonies. It is important to note that New ...
    • When Does a Legal Firearm Become Illegal?

      Limitations on Your Right to Bear Arms The Second Amendment is a crucial constitutional right in America. While countless citizens exercise their right to bear arms, many people don’t realize that strict rules govern who can and cannot possess a firearm. New Jersey, like many states, strictly enforces the legal possession of firearms, therefore it’s beneficial to learn its firearm laws to best ...

    White Collar Crimes

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    • Different Types of Money Laundering Schemes

      Money laundering refers to the process undertaken to “clean” dirty money (i.e. money obtained via criminal activity). Many money laundering schemes are connected with drug offenses, embezzlement (and other white-collar crimes), and terrorist-related offenses. Common Money Laundering Schemes Money laundering is a white-collar crime that is charged as a federal offense under 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a), ...
    • Types of Mail Fraud

      What Is Mail Fraud? Mail fraud , as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1341, occurs when a person schemes to or participates in a scheme to knowingly defraud or obtain money, goods, services, property, or anything of value under false or misleading pretenses using mail services. Mail services include U.S. Postal Services, commercial interstate mail carriers, and private mail services. Defendants can face up ...
    • 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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