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Vehicle Searches in New Jersey

Drivers are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This includes protection from an unreasonable search of one’s vehicle. In New Jersey, police officers generally will search a vehicle under two different set of circumstances: when the driver gives consent for the search, or when the police » Read More

Entrapment Basics

Some criminal charges can be defended by arguing entrapment, meaning the defendant was coerced by law enforcement or another government entity into committing a crime. With a successful entrapment defense, the defendant will not be held legally liable for the crime they were charged with, and a verdict of not guilty will be returned. Not » Read More

Restitution in New Jersey

A court may sentence an offender to pay restitution to his or her victim for the losses experienced in the crime. Restitution is not the same as a fine, although both may prove part of the sentencing. Fines for a particular conviction are embedded in state law, and their purpose is punitive, or for punishment » Read More

Underage Drinking in NJ

Underage drinking is a pervasive problem in New Jersey. An estimated $1.5 billion was expended on costs associated with underage drinking in 2010 alone, $600 million of which went to medical care. To combat this epidemic, New Jersey has several laws pertaining to underage drinking that carry harsh penalties and long-term consequences. It is unlawful » Read More

Shoplifting Charges in New Jersey

New Jersey laws define shoplifting as any action where an individual takes an item with the intent of not paying for the item or paying less than full price for the item. Once an individual has passed all points of sales in a store and there is evidence of intent to take merchandise without paying » Read More

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Two legislators recently introduced a bipartisan bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Jersey. The New Jersey legislators are opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana but support the decriminalization bill that would reduce the penalties for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana. The fines would be reduced to a » Read More

Probation Violations

A criminal defendant given probation must satisfy any conditions that were agreed upon to get released. This includes regular meetings with a probation officer. Other conditions might include being required to submit to drug testing, paying restitution, or performing community service. If you are on probation, certain acts will put your probation status in jeopardy. » Read More

“Ban the Box” Amendment passed in New Jersey

Have you had a criminal record expunged in New Jersey? Until recently, employers were able to ask prospective employees about their expunged criminal records during the initial employment application process. Today, thanks to recent legislation passed by Governor Christie before leaving office earlier this year, that may no longer be the case. Under the terms » Read More

New Jersey Ban on Bump Stocks

In October 2017, a gunman firing from his Las Vegas hotel suite opened fire on a crowd below enjoying a country music concert. Within a short time, 58 people were dead – the largest such mass shooting in U.S. history – and more than 500 were injured. The killer was found to have 12 bump » Read More

Prescription Drug Fraud Penalties

In New Jersey and the United States, certain substances are illegal to obtain and possess because of their potential to harm users. These substances are known as controlled dangerous substances and include drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamines. But some drugs, although they can be dangerous when used improperly, also have important medical value. » Read More

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