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Clearing Your Slate: A Guide to Expungements in New Jersey

The consequences of a criminal record in New Jersey can last far beyond any court-imposed penalties. It can impact your ability to find employment, secure housing, or even obtain certain professional licenses. Thankfully, New Jersey law provides a way to clear your criminal record through a process called expungement. I’m...

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Expungement in New Jersey: Clearing Your Criminal Record

Navigating through life with a criminal record can be challenging. It can affect your job opportunities, housing applications, and even your sense of self-worth. However, the legal system acknowledges the importance of second chances. In New Jersey, many individuals have the option to expunge or clear their criminal records. Through...

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What Factors Lead To 'Aggravated' Sexual Assault Charges?

When it comes to sexual assault charges, the terminology can be confusing and intimidating. Often, you’ll come across the term “aggravated” sexual assault. But what distinguishes “aggravated” from “simple” sexual assault? Understanding these factors is critical for anyone involved in such a case, whether you’re the accused or the victim....

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Possible Penalties For Parole Violation

Parole is an arrangement by which a person convicted of a crime spends the remaining time of the sentence outside of prison. People on parole receive an early release provided that they meet certain conditions. Examples of possible parole violations include the parolee breaking the law or failing to inform...

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Tips to Help You Understand Megan’s Law

Today, social media, the internet and news stations are great ways to get information about criminals. However, one essential resource that all states must have is a way to report sex offenders. Everyone needs to know about Megan’s Law and how to use it. Megan’s Law’s origins In 1994, a...

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3 Tech Trends In Law Enforcement

The world has vastly changed in the past decade thanks to technological innovations. To keep up with the ever-evolving modern society, law enforcement has quickly seen the importance of embracing new technologies. Three of the top ones include: 1. Accessing smart data In this day and age, data rules. With...

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What does it mean to be a Tier 1, 2 or 3 sex offender?

When you receive a conviction for a sexually based criminal offense in New Jersey, the state places you into one of three “tiers,” or categories. When you register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, the state places you in a particular tier, with the tier category demonstrating how likely...

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How To Support A Loved Ones Criminal Defense

When a loved one gets charged with a serious criminal charge, they have a long battle ahead of them. Considering that the New Jersey Courts had 24,179 indictable criminal filings from July 2019 to June 2021, it remains clear that the court process takes time. During the wait, the following...

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Ways to discredit eyewitness testimony

Although many people consider eyewitness testimony as a gold standard for building a case, it is more unreliable than you think. Even the American Psychological Association recognizes the frequency of mistaken eyewitness identification in those later exonerated by DNA evidence. When you face charges with an eyewitness testifying for the...

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3 Faqs About Violating Probation

As a low-risk offender, you may get probation instead of having to serve time in prison. Although you get to serve your sentence in the community under supervision, the courts take probation seriously. 1. How do courts define probation? As a person on probation, remembering that your situation remains a...

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Things to Know About Accidental Shoplifting

You have never intentionally stolen anything in your life, yet now you face theft charges for shoplifting. How did this happen, and what can you do about it? Accidental shoplifting is more common and easy to perpetrate than you may think, and you are not alone in this. Here are...

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3 Examples Of Retail Theft

Shoplifting is a common crime across the United States, including in New Jersey. There are many ways to shoplift, and both employees and customers can commit this crime. Here are three examples of retail theft that occur in New Jersey places of business. 1. Switching price tags Theft via switching...

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3 Faqs About Shoplifting

People make mistakes. If your mistake involved shoplifting, it comes with potentially severe consequences. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, 1 in 11 Americans admits to shoplifting. If charged in New Jersey, understanding the charges may help ease your situation. 1. Does New Jersey consider shoplifting a felony?...

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Why do prosecutors negotiate immunity deals?

With some criminal offenses, members of law enforcement and prosecutors do not need much help to make a case. For example, if a driver is swerving and fails a breath test, the state probably has everything it needs to secure a conviction for driving under the influence. Evidence of some...

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Can You Be Guilty By Association?

There is no legal basis for finding someone guilty by association in U.S. courts. However, in criminal law, joint enterprise refers to an instance of criminal conspiracy or group negligence. When there is potentially more than one party to a single crime, it is possible for law enforcement to charge...

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Does Megan’s Law Apply to Juvenile Offenders?

Megan’s Law is a mid-1990s law that requires certain sex offenders to register their personal information with law enforcement agencies. While the majority of registered sex offenders are adults, juveniles typically are not exempt from its registration requirements. According to reporting from New Jersey Monitor, the Garden State is one...

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How A New Jersey Parole Revocation Hearing Works

After you serve a third of your New Jersey prison sentence, you may become eligible for parole. If granted parole, you then have to adhere to certain compliance requirements. These typically include making regular appearances in front of a parole officer, among others. If the State Parole Board Hearing Unit...

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What do you know about your Miranda rights?

Miranda rights are often featured in media, especially shows that focus on police activity and conduct. However, not many people know how they work in real life. What are a person’s Miranda rights? How do they work? And why should they be invoked? Protections under Miranda rights Miranda Warning discusses...

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FAQ About Law Enforcements Use Of Cell Site Simulators

Cell phone records often provide location information that law enforcement might use in crime investigations. Law agencies recently began using cell phone simulators to improve the accuracy of location data. However, some have concerns about the legality of these devices and the data collected. What are cell site simulators? A...

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How Valid Are Eye Witness Testimonies?

Eyewitness testimony is a common source of evidence for either side in a criminal case. However, experts continue to question their validity, and New Jersey’s criminal justice system continues to make changes to improve the use of eyewitness testimonies. Role of eyewitness testimony Eyewitness testimony is a form of evidence...

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Process of Suspected Parole Violation

Parole is one way the legal system gives defendants a second chance. Although released from incarceration, individuals on parole still must follow specific guidelines and restrictions, as they are still carrying out their sentence. During this supervised release, the parolee stays in contact with their parole officer and follows terms...

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12 Things That Police Look For in a Bad Check

A lot of the investigation into whether someone has committed check forgery involves the check itself. Police experts can tell the difference between a legitimate check and a fake one. If you are accused of a crime, the appearance of the allegedly fraudulent check or checks can mean the difference...

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How Does Parole Differ For Sex Offenders?

In New Jersey, mandatory minimum sentencing laws determine how long you might serve in prison. Most prisoners become eligible for parole after serving a third of their sentence. Once out of prison, ex-convicts must follow the guidelines of their parole for an average of five years. However, there are extra...

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What should you know about the Graves Act?

Due to the nature of the crimes, weapons offenses often have serious penalties associated with them. The Graves Act exists to provide mandatory minimum sentencing in these situations. Not only does it help judges when accepting any plea bargains associated with firearm-related crimes, but it also helps ensure a mandatory...

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What should you know about police coercion?

Unfortunately, the justice system is far from perfect. This sometimes means that innocent people end up convicted of crimes they did not actually commit. Unethical and unlawful behaviors and practices of police may result in this. It is thus important for people facing charges to understand the processes that police...

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Circumstances That Can Enhance Graves Act Sentencing

Under the Graves Act, New Jersey residents convicted of weapons offenses receive a minimum mandatory prison time sentence. There are, however, certain circumstances that are likely to enhance a sentence beyond the mandatory minimum. If you receive a criminal charge that pertains to the Graves Act, it is important to...

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How The Clean Slate Expungement Law Works For You

A criminal record may keep you from getting a job, buying a home or gaining custody of your children. Expungement removes past criminal charges from your record, allowing you to move forward in life. However, according to the New York Times, less than 6% of eligible people apply. New Jersey’s...

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Lying On Your Credit Card Application Is Fraud

Lying on your credit card application might seem harmless. However, credit card application fraud is a fourth-degree offense that carries a $10,000 fine and potentially 18 months of jail time. According to Intuit, credit card fraud is the most common form of identity theft in New Jersey. Do not make...

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How Megan’s Law Works in New Jersey

New Jersey has several laws in place pertaining to sex crimes committed against children, and Megan’s Law is an example of one of the laws most commonly referenced. Megan’s Law sets guidelines with regard to publicizing sex offenders, and if you receive a charge and conviction for a sexually based...

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Are There Any Benefits To Posting Bail?

Facing criminal charges is a bleak process, but thanks to the United States justice system, a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Because of this approach, it is possible to wait for your court appearance without spending time in jail. When eligible, posting bail is an opportunity for pre-trial freedom,...

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What is the Graves Act?

Weapons offenses can carry serious penalties. In New Jersey, lawmakers created the Graves Act to handle such crimes and provide mandatory minimum sentencing. According to the New Jersey Courts, the Graves Act helps to ensure mandatory prison time and helps judges when accepting plea bargains associated with firearm charges. Mandatory...

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What happens at a pre-trial detention hearing?

New Jersey is undergoing an intense movement toward criminal justice reform, and the New Jersey Bail Reform Act changes the way pre-trial detention works. Bail reform efforts place the emphasis on a variety of risk factors for holding an individual until trial rather than focusing on monetary factors. For those...

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How Do Temporary Restraining Orders Work?

Restraining orders often get thrown around in media, used egregiously to help bolster fictional narratives or used in smear campaigns against important figures. This creates a lot of confusion about their actual purpose and how they work in real life. How does a temporary restraining order in particular function? What...

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When can a teenager be tried as an adult?

As a parent, the thought of your child entering the criminal justice system accused of a crime is terrifying. For many parents of young people struggling to stay on the right path, it is a reality. According to the New Jersey Supreme Court, prosecutors can charge juveniles as young as...

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How Many DWI Breath Tests Do Officers Conduct Annually?

Before arresting you for driving while intoxicated, officers must have probable cause that you are doing something unlawful. Probable cause is a comparatively high legal standard that requires officers to have reasonable grounds for making an arrest. Therefore, they cannot arrest you on impulse or intuition. If you fail a...

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Stabbing Incident Leaves One Man Dead in Union County

Murder is one of the most serious crimes people can receive a conviction for in New Jersey. Often, legal repercussions for such an accusation include a lengthy prison sentence. Defending one’s actions in a murder often requires a careful presentation of the facts. Claims of self-defense may sometimes persuade the...

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Increased Online Sales May Lead To Counterfeiting Allegations

Internet sellers could come under investigation. Customers may claim they advertised and sold reproductions as authentic brands. Under the New Jersey Trademark Counterfeiting Act, officials may investigate allegations of sellers advertising or displaying a counterfeit trademark. Garden State residents could face charges based on the number of products advertised online....

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Can You Refuse A Breath Test?

When a police officer suspects that a driver may be driving while intoxicated, they will likely administer field sobriety tests along with a breath test. While you can refuse to submit to a breath test, there will be consequences. What is a breath test? A breath test measures how much...

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What is stalking?

Anytime any other person makes you feel uneasy or does something that would intimidate you, it could be illegal. One situation where such actions might occur that are against the law is stalking. According to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Jersey Revised Statutes include...

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Examining New Jersey’s Self-Defense Laws

Stories detailing cases of assault in New Jersey may often include claims from the accused stating that they only acted in self-defense. People might meet such claims with skepticism, only to later discover themselves that there indeed are scenarios where a person feels compelled to respond to force with more...

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What do you know about DUI penalties?

After getting your first DUI, you have a lot of concerns to address. For instance, how far back does a drunk driving charge set you financially? MoneyGeek breaks down various drunk driving costs. Understand how your financial health changes after your encounter with New Jersey law enforcement. License fees If...

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Beware of DWI and DUI Around the Holiday Season

The fall and winter holiday season is approaching fast. While the holidays are a time to celebrate and relax with loved ones, they also bring danger for drivers and passengers. Holidays in the United States have a much higher rate of drunk driving than other days throughout the year. What...

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Protecting Yourself From Assault Charges

If you are like most New Jersey residents, you consider yourself a law-abiding citizen. When a situation arises that results in assault charges, you may not know what to do. Understanding the exact charges is essential for mounting an effective defense. While the law views assault and battery as two...

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Can Drug Charges Affect College Financial Aid?

Paying for college nowadays often requires some serious planning. If you do not have enough savings to pay for your higher education, you may be able to take advantage of government-subsidized financial aid. After all, the federal government doles out billions in loans, grants and work-study funds every year. You...

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Possible Causes of Breath Test False Positives

In many cases, a positive result on a breath test is enough to land you behind bars. Since this is a key piece of evidence, you would expect that it is unfailingly accurate. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to WebMD, a problem with the test itself could...

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What is post-conviction relief?

After your case has ended and you have received sentencing from the judge, it often feels like the end of the road. But you may actually still have legal avenues left for you to explore, which may result in some relief from your conviction. “Post-conviction relief” is aptly named for...

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Are You Eligible For The DUII Program?

Getting a DUI in New Jersey can impact your life significantly, potentially disrupting your career and even affecting your personal relationships. Fortunately, a variety of resources can facilitate course correction and help you get your life back on track. One resource you may draw upon is the Driving Under the...

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Eyewitness Testimony Is Compelling But Unreliable

Prosecutors in New Jersey and around the country often rely on eyewitnesses to identify criminal suspects and place them at crime scenes because juries tend to find this kind of evidence extremely persuasive. Experts have long questioned the reliability of eyewitness accounts, but their concerns were largely ignored until DNA...

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Thirty-One Suspects Arrested In Sex Offender Sting In NJ

The year 2020 led to a rise in the online sexual exploitation of children in New Jersey. When the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office became aware of this trend, it developed a sting operation called “Operation 24/7.” On July 14, the Attorney General’s Office announced the result of Operation 24/7...

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When does theft become a robbery?

When a New Jersey resident is facing theft charges they can wonder what kind of punishment they may incur. It may surprise them that the theft charge they may be facing can change to robbery. So how can a New Jersey theft case turn into robbery? New Jersey robbery Under...

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Jersey Shore Man Arrested For Distributing Child Pornography

The increasing use of electronic devices to collect, store and distribute information from the Internet has led to an increased frequency of individuals being charged with crimes involving pornography, especially pornography focusing on children. A recent arrest of a man accused of various sex crimes involving children demonstrates how a...

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Alleged Shooter Arrested In Deptford

In a mental health crisis or domestic squabble between family or friends, we can make decisions that are detrimental to our own lives. Unfortunately, when guns are involved, those decisions can spiral into one ending up in jail. This appears to be the case for one local man who was...

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Ex-Felons in New jersey Have the Right to Vote

In many parts of the country, individuals convicted of committing felonies either lose their voting rights permanently or must petition to have their rights restored once they have completed their sentences. In New Jersey, an ex-felon can register to vote after they have completed the terms of their custodial sentence...

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Can Self Defense Be Pleaded In New Jersey?

In almost any context, disagreements can escalate from differences of opinion into serious conflicts. When this happens, most individuals are able to deescalate their anxieties and move on without confronting those who oppose them. In some situations, problems cannot be resolved, and conflicts become potentially violent encounters that may result...

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New Jersey Shoplifting Penalties

A shoplifting charge in New Jersey can become either a misdemeanor or felony case. The case’s severity depends on the monetary value of the items stolen. The consequences of shoplifting can also vary greatly. Shoplifting defined Any act that includes an attempt to take possession of an item without providing...

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Boardwalk Merchant Dies After Juvenile Robbery

An Atlantic City boardwalk shop owner has died after a 12-year-old boy allegedly held him at knifepoint while others ransacked his shop. Although the boy and a 14-year old girl were apprehended after the armed robbery, police are searching for other juveniles who may have been involved in the attack....

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Is It Illegal To Write A Bad Check?

If you write a check in New Jersey for more money than you have in your account, you’ve officially written a bad check. Some people intentionally write bad checks to defraud others. However, some people write bad checks by accident, and by the time they realize what happened, it’s too...

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Police Officer Arrested For Assault, Other Charges

Members of a New Jersey police department arrested one of their own recently after responding to an alleged domestic violence incident. Prosecutors said that the officer was charged with harassment, aggravated assault and stalking. He is now suspended from his position without pay, but the department will wait for the...

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What constitutes assault in New Jersey?

Sometimes arguments between people in New Jersey can be heated, to the point where a person might threaten to physically hurt the other or may actually physically hurt the other. While some states differentiate assault (the threat of harm) from the separate crime of battery (actual harm), New Jersey simply...

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New Jersey’s DWI Laws Are Strict

In lots of respects, New Jersey’s laws against drinking and driving or driving while drugged are strict. A person living in or around Haddon Township, including people in Atlantic City and Camden, should be well aware of what these laws are and should also know the possible penalties for driving...

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Vineland man charged after Atlantic City shooting

Andre Alexander has been charged for an Atlantic City shooting that left a Philadelphia man wounded earlier this year. This August a man walked into AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The man stated he was shot after an altercation on the 3100 block of Pacific Avenue. After...

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National Retailers Back Harsher Shoplifting Penalties

After George Floyd’s killing at Minneapolis police officers’ hands in May, huge retail companies issued strong statements denouncing the impact of systemic racism and police violence on Black communities. However, many of these companies’ actions contradict that message by advocating for stronger shoplifting laws across the country. So far, their...

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Court Overturns Search For Shooting Suspect

Privacy protections govern the investigation of the most serious crimes. Earlier this month, the New Jersey state Supreme Court threw out evidence sized in a shooting investigation that was seized in a warrantless search of a rooming house. Appeals courts’ decisions led to the release of the person imprisoned for...

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Should You Accept a Plea Deal Offered to You?

A lot of criminal cases result in plea agreements. These agreements typically involve pleading guilty to some crimes while others are dismissed, or with you receiving lighter penalties than you might otherwise face if you go to trial. Prosecutors are often aggressive in trying to settle cases because they have...

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Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In New Jersey?

Being stopped by a police officer who suspects you may be driving while intoxicated can be a scary and intimidating situation. The protocols can be confusing, and many people do not understand their rights in this situation. It’s important to know your rights and be able to protect yourself in...

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What are my options if I lose at trial?

Unfortunately, there have been several noteworthy cases in which New Jersey residents have had spend time in jail or face other consequences for crimes they did not commit. In other situations, a decision in a criminal case could be unfair because a judge ignored an established legal principle or even...

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How Do I Get Post-Conviction Relief?

Post-conviction relief is a legal term that describes the ability to bring more evidence after a trial has already been decided. This is important when new evidence or legal issues arise in a case that has already received a ruling. Important Details of Post-Conviction Relief Post-conviction relief is similar to...

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Credit Card Fraud and Related Offenses

When an individual is charged with credit card fraud in New Jersey, it can be a challenging reality to face. Being accused of one of these crimes can be daunting and complicated as you endure the legal system and try to protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Jill...

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When Can I Get an Expungement?

For many individuals, having their record expunged means a fresh start in life. Criminal convictions stay on records for a long period of time, leaving a huge impact on a person’s life as they try to find employment, housing, and other means. The expungement process is not always easy to...

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

We live in an age of “do-it-yourself.” You have a question about how to fix something, cook something, make something? Chances are, you can probably find the instructions for it online. While we may have become accustomed to finding answers to our common questions online, your criminal case is not...

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The COVID-19 Virus and Your Rights

This is part of the Judiciary’s social distancing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Contact Jill Cohen, or the Court if you have any questions about your case. If you are being held pending trial under the Bail Reform Act, please note that the courts are automatically extending...

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Drug Possession Legal Consequences

Drug Possession Overview Being arrested and convicted for drug possession can lead to a prison sentence lasting years or even decades. Knowing the consequences of conviction for drug possession can serve as a strong deterrent against committing these offenses. Unfortunately, many people feel societal and financial pressures to get involved...

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What Types of Juvenile Crimes Tend to Occur the Most?

The Severity of Juvenile Crimes Committed in New Jersey Adults are not the only ones that commit crimes. Juveniles can commit crimes for different reasons and some may face the same or similar punishments as adults that have committed the same crimes. Certain factors are usually taken into consideration, including...

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How to Handle a DUI Charge in NJ

Changes to DUI Law in New Jersey If you’ve ever been arrested, then you know how stressful it is to navigate the process afterward. This is especially true when you’ve been arrested while intoxicated. Some laws in New Jersey are changing regarding the penalties first-time DUI offenders will face, which...

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Trenton Citizen Arrested For Murdering Two-Year-Old Child

Details Come to Light After Toddler’s Murder Back in August, the city of Trenton mourned after learning about the death of a two-year-old child. As the weeks passed, that mourning turned into horror as an autopsy revealed the horrific circumstances surrounding the child’s death. Now, a suspect has been apprehended....

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Understanding Drug Court in New Jersey

Overview: Drug Possession, Consequences and Court Have you ever heard of drug use or drug possession getting described as a victimless crime? Can you imagine a courtroom handing out the same jail sentence to someone who violently attacked another person and an offender who was carrying around some pot? The...

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Can I Get My DUI Expunged in NJ?

You know the social stigma associated with a DUI/DWI conviction. If you’ve been charged, then you know the sting first-hand. The consequences of driving while under the influence are steep in our state, and the conviction has a way of following you wherever you go. Even worse, if you’re convicted...

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Getting a Crime Expunged in NJ

Expungements Overview Do you remember when we were children and our parents told us that we all have permanent records that would follow us around forever? When you do grow up and you have a criminal past, it can feel a lot like that. A record often leads to difficulty...

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Explaining the Difference Between Indictable Crimes and Disorderly Persons Offenses in New Jersey

Criminal Defense Overview Under New Jersey law, violations of the state’s criminal code fall into different categories of severity. The more serious category of criminal code violations are indictable criminal offenses, while the less serious category are the disorderly persons offense/petty disorderly persons offense. Which category a criminal code violation...

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Possession of a Prohibited Weapon in New Jersey

The right to bear arms is a constitutional right, however, all states do limit someone’s ability to carry and/or possession of firearms in certain places. Anyone who possesses a weapon that is prohibited by state and/or federal law can be charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. With the help...

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New Jersey Possession of CDS: Intent and Distribution

Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey A controlled dangerous substance is defined as a drug that is classified as having potential for abuse. This can be something as legal as a prescribed high strength painkiller like oxycodone or anxiety medication like Xanax to something as serious and completely illegal like...

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Juveniles and Felony Charges

In the legal world, children and juveniles don’t often receive the same type or level of punishment for the same crimes that are committed by someone 18 or over. Only the most severe crimes on a case-by-case basis usually result in a juvenile being charged with a felony. A judge...

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Disorderly Conduct Charges In New Jersey

You’ve likely heard of the term “disorderly conduct” before. It’s a commonly charged crime that usually serves as a catch-all for unruly and disruptive behavior. For the average person, this definition can seem frustratingly broad. Understanding the finer points of how this crime is defined can help you avoid charges...

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Double Homicide in Camden, New Jersey

The police in New Jersey are investigating a tragic crime after they discovered two homicide victims in an idling vehicle on February 27th. Read on to learn the details of this crime, the penalties of murder in the state of New Jersey and the potential criminal defenses available to murder...

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New Jersey Police Officer Cleared in Shooting Death

A New Jersey police officer who had been on administrative leave following an on-duty shooting has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a grand jury investigation. The officer was Sgt. Kevin Clements, a 19-year veteran of the Deptford Police Force. He shot and killed a 36-year-old woman named LaShonda Anderson...

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Atlantic Highlands Resident Busted for Child Porn

Recently, a resident of Atlantic Highlands who was serving on the borough’s environmental commission was caught possessing and distributing child pornography online. Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography A 60-year-old resident of the Atlantic Highlands was just taken into police custody when it was discovered his was both in possession...

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Kearny Bookkeeper Charged with Third-Degree Theft

A Kearny bookkeeper has confessed and pleaded guilty to stealing money from her school’s district, and she has agreed to pay back over $300,000 in damages as a result of her plea agreement. Former Bookkeeper Confesses to Theft Gina Neri, the 50-year-old bookkeeper, is a resident of North Arlington. Her...

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Bank Robbing “Nuns” Confess to their Crimes

Habitual bank robbers who had a practice of dressing up in disguises before their crimes including dressing up as nuns have finally confessed to their crimes. The two young women had a three month period where they robbed or attempted to rob banks in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, one...

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Drug Evidence in New Jersey

While it is always advisable to adhere to the wishes of law enforcement and remain compliant when pulled over, police are people too, and people make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes make it so they can do their job, but if those mistakes do not follow proper protocol it could end...

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Cyber-Crimes Cost Americans Billions of Dollars

Cyber-criminals who utilize viruses, malware, social media scams, and spyware to wreak havoc on the web are more than just a nuisance. According to Symantec, the creators of Norton antivirus software, these cyber-thieves cost United States consumers over $19.4 billion last year alone. And the costs didn’t end there. Symantec...

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Nurse From Middle Township Charged With Prescription Fraud, Released From Police Custody, And Sought After Again On New Prescription Fraud Charges

On November 5, 2018, police officers of the Wildwood Police Department Uniform Patrol Division arrested a 31-year-old nurse named Jessica Mattera from Middle Township, New Jersey after she attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Wildwood, New Jersey. After arresting her on that date, the...

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Police Charge 16 Year Old With “Crime Spree”

New Jersey State Police claim that a 16 year old stole an unmarked police vehicle from a state trooper’s North Brunswick driveway and used the vehicle to commit robberies, impersonate police, and possibly commit other crimes, according to a recent article at NJ.com. Police claimed that the vehicle, an unmarked...

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Concealed Carry Bill Moves Forward in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would allow a person with a concealed pistol license in one state to concealed-carry their weapon in other states. The “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” passed with 231 representatives voting for it and 198 voting against. Six Democrats voted for the measure,...

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N.J. Corrections Officer Accused of Having Child Pornography

Federal charges were filed against a New Jersey Department of Corrections officer recently in connection to what federal prosecutors describe as images of child sexual abuse, according to a recent article at NJ.com. The 37-year-old Lodi resident was taken into custody by special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

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Two Men Charged with Illegal Gun Sales in New Jersey

South Carolina Man Charged with Illegal Handgun Possession in NJ Out-of-towners should take notice: New Jersey doesn’t tolerate illegal sales of firearms or other weapons. Police recently apprehended two men for selling guns in New Jersey. At least one of the men was from South Carolina. The men allegedly tried...

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Theft, Burglary, and Robbery Charges in Kinnelon NJ

Theft & Property Crimes in NJ A New Jersey man and woman were charged with theft, burglary, and conspiracy to commit both crimes. The couple entered a residence in Kinnelon in the daylight hours, taking about $10,000 in jewelry, coins, and clothing. The individuals were later identified by police from...

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Lindenwold NJ Teen Wanted to Assassinate the Pope

Lindenwold Teenager Accused of Planning to Assassinate Pope During Visit to Philadelphia A teenager from Lindenwold NJ recently pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges stemming from an alleged plot to assassinate Pope Francis. Investigators determined that the suspect was inspired by ISIS to commit the act of terrorism. The suspect,...

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How Evidence Is Collected at a Crime Scene

Police Procedures When Collecting Evidence & Admissibility at Trial Whether it’s an aggravated assault case with bullet casings left behind at the scene, a drug crime case with suspected marijuana or cocaine hidden inside a car, or a homicide case with blood streaks on the pavement, crime scene investigators play...

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Not All NJ Arrests Are Eligible for Bail

Bail for Defendants Facing Felony Charges in NJ If you have been arrested for a crime, especially a felony-level offense, it is very possible that you will be processed and then taken to the county jail. Following a bail conference hearing, you will likely have a bail amount set. This...

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