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  • How The Clean Slate Expungement Law Works For You

    Apr 1, 2022

    A criminal record may keep you from getting a job, buying a home or gaining custody of your children. Expungement The courts remove all of your eligible convictions at once Previously, you could not expunge more than one indictable offense at a time. The new Clean Slate Expungement Law allows you to have Disorderly conduct Marijuana and drug offenses Felony convictions that are not: terrorism, child pornography, sexual assault, kidnapping, homicide, arson o...
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  • Understanding the guidelines and operations of pretrial intervention programs

    Mar 22, 2022

    Those charged with a crime in New Jersey may qualify for the Pretrial Intervention Program. The PTI offers alternatives to the traditional criminal process. The Pretrial intervention eligibility There are various conditions for eligibility into the program. Eligible defendants will meet the following requirements: 18 years or older or a juvenile charged as an adult Residents of New Jersey Non-residents who prove they can receive supervision and counseling If you had a prior diversion...
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  • What every domestic violence victim needs to know about restraining orders

    Mar 9, 2022

    Sadly, many relationships turn violent. Anyone suffering at the hands of a loved one needs the situation to stop. One step that people experiencing abuse should take is obtaining a Filing for a restraining order Putting a protective measure into motion requires filling out and mailing a Enforcing a restraining order Once your restraining order is secure, it is in effect no matter where you go within the country. Even if you mov...
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  • What is the process of expunging a criminal record?

    Mar 7, 2022

    The problem with having a criminal conviction is that some employers will not hire you for a job and a landlord might not let you rent an apartment if they discover your criminal past. This is why some New Jersey residents petition for an expungement. This is the process of clearing your criminal record so that it does not turn up in background searches. There are certain requirements for expungement. The good news is that...
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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 However, many youths face pressure to appear in court or make a statement without an attorney. Unfortunately, some agents in law enforcement and the legal system take advantage of the naivety of Not every lawyer handles juvenile defense Even with a lawyer, they might not prepare a good defense or have the qualifications to work ...
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  • How Do Temporary Restraining Orders Work?

    Feb 10, 2022

    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 happens if one individual decides to file one against another? Defining domestic violence The New Jersey State Police site includes Not only that, bu...
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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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  • How Many DWI Breath Tests Do Officers Conduct Annually?

    Jan 26, 2022

    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 DWI breath test, though, you give officers probable cause to support your arrest. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that officers routinely use thes...
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  • Parents Of College Students And Prescription Drug Defense

    Jan 19, 2022

    Prescription drug laws in New Jersey are severe. Merely possessing five doses carries the charge of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. However, reaching a guilty verdict is not that simple. If you have a child attending college, the temptation to distribute prescription drugs illegally is very high, unfortunately. However, a guilty verdict for your child is not a foregone conclusion. See below for common defense tactics use...
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