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  • What are the requirements for a dismissal under the Graves Act?

    Dec 6, 2022

    Under the Graves Act, mandatory minimum sentencing occurs. For the prosection to be able to create a plea deal and dismiss a charge carrying this type of sentence, there are specific requirements. Because the Graves Act crimes deal with firearms, courts are not too quick to dismiss charges. But the legal system has created three criteria for prosecutors to meet to be able to waive or dismiss a charge under this law during a ple...
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  • How Do Graves Act Waivers Get Started?

    Jun 15, 2022

    If the police arrest you on a weapons charge, it could result in serious jail time. The Graves Act denies you parole until you serve half of your prison sentence or at least 42 months, meaning you could be in prison for at least two and a half years out of a five-year term. However, you might avoid this outcome if a court grants you a Graves Act waiver. New Jersey lawmakers understand that no...
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  • What happens at a pre-trial detention hearing?

    Apr 5, 2022

    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 facing trial, the prosecutor must file a motion with the court seeking pre-trial detention for the individual. Detention decisions When a criminal defendant appears fo...
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  • What distinguishes voluntary from involuntary manslaughter?

    Feb 23, 2022

    Manslaughter may not be as serious a charge as murder, but it is still a criminal offense that you should not take likely. A conviction for manslaughter could put you away in prison for as long as 10 years or more. Whether your situation qualifies for voluntary or involuntary manslaughter charges may be vital to your case. There is an important distinction between these two types of manslaughter. One is more serious than the othe...
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  • Your child has the right to legal counsel no matter what

    Feb 14, 2022

    Juvenile delinquency is a crime or penal violation committed by a minor under 18. According to the Juvenile Law Center, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that every juvenile has the civil right to counsel. New Jersey law also holds that youths have a right to counsel at “every critical stage in the proceeding” of the juvenile court. However, many youths face pressure to appear in court or make a statement without an attorney...
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  • When can a teenager be tried as an adult?

    Feb 8, 2022

    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 15 as adults. If convicted, minors can even face For which crimes can the state charge juveniles as adults? In the U.S., an 18-year-ol...
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  • Increased Online Sales May Lead To Counterfeiting Allegations

    Dec 31, 2021

    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. Creating a web page and offering at least 25 items with an allegedly counterfeited trademark may result in a criminal charge. Officials charged a Ne...
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  • Shoplifting Surge Hits Retailers Hard and Shoplifters Harder

    Oct 12, 2021

    When you stop by a drugstore you expect to find the necessities for everyday life. Toothpaste, medicine, toilet paper – the items you need for functioning. Unfortunately, many shoppers are having a hard time coming by these and other items. A wave of shoplifting has hit many retail stores and shows no sign of passing any time soon. A recent rise in shoplifting The holiday season tends to bring a sharp uptick in shoplifting. Usually...
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  • When does theft become a robbery?

    Jul 8, 2021

    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 The defendant inflicts bodily harm or other use of force during the robbery. The defendant threatens or puts the victim in fear of bodil...
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  • Jersey Shore Man Arrested For Distributing Child Pornography

    Jun 22, 2021

    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 The allegations of criminal activity Police in southern New Jersey received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force according to the local prosecutor...
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