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  • 3 Examples Of Retail Theft

    Nov 25, 2022

    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 price tags occurs when a customer takes a label from a lower-priced good and puts it on a higher-priced good, causing the cashier to rin...
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  • 3 Faqs About Shoplifting

    Nov 22, 2022

    People make mistakes. If your mistake involved shoplifting, it comes with potentially severe consequences. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, 1. Does New Jersey consider shoplifting a felony? The value of the merchandise stolen determines whether you receive a misdemeanor or felony charge. The state considers anything under $200 a petty theft, which comes with a disorderly persons offense. Depending on the situation, you may receive a felony charge for anything ove...
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  • What happens when a New Jersey sex offender fails to register?

    Nov 21, 2022

    When you receive a conviction for a sex crime in New Jersey, the implications are far-reaching. In addition to any criminal penalties you may face, you have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. This holds true not only in the case of a conviction but also if a court adjudicates you as delinquent or determines that you are not guilty by reason of insanity. It also applies to adult sex offenders a...
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  • Why do prosecutors negotiate immunity deals?

    Nov 7, 2022

    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 other crimes, though, does not come so easily. When an alleged criminal offense is complex or involves multiple parties, both federal and state prosecutors ofte...
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  • Can You Be Guilty By Association?

    Oct 25, 2022

    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 everyone present, even if only one person is responsible for the act in question. Examples of joint enterprise crimes You can face arrest and convictio...
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  • Does Megan’s Law Apply to Juvenile Offenders?

    Oct 21, 2022

    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 What types of crimes require registration? Not all sex-related crimes require registration, fortunately. Still, in New Jersey, a person must register after receiving a convictio...
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  • What do you know about your Miranda rights?

    Oct 7, 2022

    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 the The second is the protection of a person’s right to legal representation whether or not they can afford it out of pocket. I...
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  • 3 Tips To Help A Family Member Who Is On Parole

    Sep 29, 2022

    If you have a family member on parole, it means that he or she is serving the rest of a sentence outside prison. Parole is conditional, meaning that if your family member violates paroles expectations, he or she could go back to prison. You may hope that, once your family member is out on parole, everything will go back to the way it was before he or she went to prison. However, this is rarel...
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  • FAQ About Law Enforcements Use Of Cell Site Simulators

    Sep 23, 2022

    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 cell site simulator is a small electronic device used by law enforcement. This equipment mimics cell signal towers and can How does law enforcement us...
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  • How Valid Are Eye Witness Testimonies?

    Sep 14, 2022

    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 used to establish facts in a criminal investigation. These testimonies can be heavily influential for the jury despite studies suggesting they are sometimes Eyewitnes...
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