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Major Changes to Youth Sentencing

February 15th, 2017

The way juveniles facing criminal allegations are treated in New Jersey differs from the way adults are treated, unless the juvenile is being tried as an adult offender. Juveniles are often tried in adult criminal court when they are accused of serious violent crimes, such as rape, murder, armed robbery, or similar offenses. If convicted […]

What is a Motion to Suppress?

February 7th, 2017

The United States Constitution places limits on what law enforcement officers can do when they are investigating a crime. For example, the 4th Amendment prohibits “unreasonable” searches and seizures, and case law related to the 5th Amendment requires police who are interrogating a suspect to inform the suspect of their right to remain silent, right […]

Proposed Bill Could Mean IID For A DWI Convictions

January 31st, 2017

Drivers who are convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) for the first time in New Jersey will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicles if legislation proposed by state lawmakers is enacted. Under current law, only first-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher or those […]

Do You Really Know Your Miranda Rights?

January 17th, 2017

Almost everyone has seen police officers on television or in movies tell a suspect that they “have the right to remain silent.” However, many people do not fully understand the significance or implications of their so-called Miranda rights. The following is some information regarding Miranda rights and police interrogation. Your Miranda rights are more than […]

Can You Be Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Caffeine?

January 11th, 2017

Everyone who has a driver’s license should be well aware that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or any prescription drugs that can cause impairment. However, most drivers may never suspect that their morning coffee fix may result in an arrest and charges of driving under the influence (DUI). […]

Forcible Collection and DWI

January 3rd, 2017

When your blood alcohol content (BAC) is determined to be over the legal limit of 0.08 percent while you were driving a vehicle, there is a legal presumption that you were driving while intoxicated (DWI). For this reason, prosecutors often prefer to use the results of chemical tests in DWI cases because these provide a […]

Aggravated Assault Charges in Recent Road Rage Incident

December 29th, 2016

With a significant number of impatient drivers on the road, you should be aware that road rage is not only very dangerous but also against the law in New Jersey. However, you may not think that incidences of road rage may be escalated and charged as aggravated assault – a very serious criminal offense. When […]

Learn When You Can Refuse a Standard Field Sobriety Test

December 13th, 2016

One thing that DWI clients are often confused about is what orders they must comply with from police officers when they get stopped. What seems to confuse people is that there are penalties for refusing a breathalyzer test. However, there are no penalties for refusing the standard field sobriety test. When an Officer Can Pull […]

So You’re Charged with Criminal Mischief

November 16th, 2016

Most people associate the word “mischief” with children who playfully misbehave. However, did you know that many adults in New Jersey have found themselves charged with the offense of “criminal mischief”? Criminal mischief can be charged for a variety of acts that involve damaging or threatening another person’s property and the law sets out harsh […]

Major Changes for Criminal Justice System in 2017

October 25th, 2016

Criminal procedures, policies, and laws are regularly reviewed and updated to adapt to our changing society. In New Jersey, lawmakers, courts, and voters can have the opportunity to be a part of reforming our state’s criminal justice system. As of January 1, 2017, two important procedural reforms will become effective for criminal cases and it […]

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