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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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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Charges

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    DUI/DWI

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Expungement

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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 ...
    • 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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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Theft Crimes

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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 ...
    • 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 ...

    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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