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  • What is the Graves Act?

    Apr 8, 2022

    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 sentences The Graves Act mandates a mandatory minimum sentence, which means the least amount of prison time a judge can give for an offense. Th...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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