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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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  • Process of Suspected Parole Violation

    Sep 8, 2022

    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 of the release. Violating any of the terms, or committing a new crime, may result in unwanted consequences. Examples of violations The New Jersey Stat...
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  • 12 Things That Police Look For in a Bad Check

    Aug 25, 2022

    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 between a conviction and a dismissal. Here are The check does not have perforated edges There is no check number, or the number i...
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  • How New Jersey’s Earn Your Way Out Act Works

    Aug 17, 2022

    A law that took effect early last year in New Jersey seeks to help reduce the number of inmates housed within the state. It also hopes to help reduce recidivism or the chances of an inmate returning to the criminal justice system. The law also seeks to help those who are leaving jail or prison develop the skills they need to abstain from criminal behavior and avoid reentering the prison system. Per NJ Spotlight News...
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  • How Does Parole Differ For Sex Offenders?

    Aug 13, 2022

    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 considerations in place for those convicted of sex crimes. Parole for sex offenders In most cases, a parole board reviews the cases of prisoners wh...
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  • What should you know about registering under Megan’s law?

    Aug 5, 2022

    If charged with a sex offense in New Jersey, the authorities classify the case as one of three tiers – low risk, moderate risk and high risk. Megan’s law, a state statute enacted in 1994, requires those convicted of offenses classified as tier two, moderate risk, or tier three, high risk, to provide information to the state’s sex offender registry. Due to the impact that it may have on your personal and professional life, yo...
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  • What should you know about the Graves Act?

    Jul 23, 2022

    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 amount of prison time. Minimum sentencing The New Jersey Courts discusses and goes into Plea bargains It also handles plea bargains, a tool tha...
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  • 3 Ways You Can Get a DWI For "Sleeping It Off" in Your Car In NJ

    Jul 8, 2022

    While sleeping in your car instead of driving home after having a few drinks may seem like a responsible choice, the state of New Jersey views this choice differently. Here are three ways you can still get a DWI for “sleeping it off” in your car in 1. Sleeping in the driver’s seat Even if you have no intention of driving your vehicle, sleeping in the driver’s seat can give law enforcement officers reaso...
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  • What should you know about police coercion?

    Jul 7, 2022

    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 go through. This can help unveil potential illegal practices the police may have engaged in. Voluntary confessions The Innocence Project takes a look at th...
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