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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 ...
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  • Can Juveniles Be Tried as Adults in New Jersey?

    If your child has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you know how stressful and worrisome this situation is as a parent. The idea of your child being adjudicated (or undergoing judgment and receiving a sentence for their crimes) in the juvenile court system is likely less intimidating. Sentences issued in juvenile court tend to be more lenient with a goal toward rehabilitation, in ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal in New Jersey

    Recreational Marijuana Legalized In NJ: What It Means for You On February 22, 2021, New Jersey made history as Governor Phil Murphy signed three cannabis reform bills into law. These bills legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis and possession as well as decriminalize marijuana and hashish possession . In addition, one of the bills reduces the penalties for underage possession of marijuana . ...
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  • Romance Scammers on Online Dating Apps

    Are You a Romance Scammer? Online dating apps are increasingly common in this day and age. Single people use online dating apps to meet and mingle, hoping to find a casual hookup or committed love. In fact, a Pew Research Center study reveals that 48% of 18-to-29-year-olds report using a dating site or app, while roughly 57% of online daters report having an overall positive experience with these ...
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  • Is Spanking Considered Child Abuse?

    Examples of Child Abuse You may have been spanked as a child, but can you spank your own child these days? Over the years, spanking has become a less common form of discipline among US parents. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, as countless parents still use physical discipline to put their children in place. Although parents tend to use non-physical forms of discipline with their kids, ...
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  • How Drunk Is Too Drunk to Consent to Sex?

    People who attend bars, nightclubs, and college parties are more than likely to have a drink or two. Or three or four. The point is, it is not surprising that these attendees typically go home intoxicated. Maybe they went home with the same people they arrived with, or maybe they met a “special someone” during their night out. With this in mind, our attorneys are often asked, “Can I legally ...
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  • What Are the Dangers of Online Dating?

    Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, Grindr, and OKCupid, are common online dating apps these days. However, they can come at a cost. According to Pew Research Center (PRC), 30% of U.S. adults say they have used a dating site or app. While most online daters report positive experience overall, many users – particularly younger women – report being harassed or sent explicit messages on these dating platforms, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Has Crime Decreased During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    COVID-19 Impacts on Crimes The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the lives and wellbeing of millions of Americans. To help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, city officials have been forced to make drastic decisions such as imposing stay-at-home orders, civil penalties for violating safety regulations, and releasing low-level offenders from correctional facilities. With this in ...
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  • Prescription Drug Abuse: Signs, Symptoms & Key Facts

    What Is Prescription Drug Abuse? The US Department of Health and Human Services defines prescription drug abuse as the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feeling elicited. The only way to legally obtain a prescription drug is to have a valid prescription from a licensed doctor or physician and purchase it through a pharmacy, use ...
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  • 3 Tips to Avoid Disorderly Conduct Charges on Halloween

    Halloween is full of activities, whether they be costume contests, trick-or-treating, pranks or parties. That is why people do not waste the opportunity to make the most of this beloved holiday by participating in the fun. But sometimes, Halloween activities can come to an abrupt halt when actions and behaviors get “out-of-hand.” Maybe someone had too much to drink, a Halloween prank went awfully ...
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  • Is Marijuana Odor Probable Cause for a Warrantless Search in NJ?

    Warrantless Searches Under The “Plain Smell” Doctrine Marijuana use continues to be a widely debated topic in the US. In New Jersey, recreational marijuana has yet to be legalized, although its medical counterpart was passed into law in 2010. Qualified medical marijuana patients can access a variety of marijuana treatments but must be cautious when transporting such items in their vehicles. ...
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