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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Plea Bargaining?

When a person is charged with a crime, they are faced with many choices. In many cases, the defendant that is accused of a crime has the opportunity to enter into a plea bargain. A lawyer can help guide the defendant throughout this process. There are advantages and disadvantages of entering into a plea agreement, but both depend on whether the defendant had any involvement in the crime. Benefits of Plea Bargaining If the person accused of the crime was[…] Read More

What is a Petty Offense?

Petty offenses are typically minor crimes and can include civil and criminal offenses, such as public intoxication, jaywalking, pickpocketing, and prostitution. Other types of petty crimes include minor traffic violations. People should be aware that even distracted driving can be considered a petty crime in some jurisdictions. Some of these misdemeanors may not seem too concerning, but they should be taken seriously. It is important to understand that an accumulation of driving offenses can have an impact on a person’s[…] Read More

What can I Do if False Allegations Caused Damages?

When a person is falsely accused of a crime, they may feel very frustrated. However, when a false allegation happens, the accused does have some legal options available to them. An important first step is to get a criminal defense lawyer to help fight against the criminal charges. Even if the falsely accused person has not yet been exonerated, there are some options they can pursue. The following list contains some possible defenses for false allegations. False Imprisonment Defamation is[…] Read More

Can I Get an Expungement for Multiple Convictions?

New Jersey allows those who receive multiple convictions the opportunity to erase them or expunge them from their permanent record. The process is complicated as some convictions are eligible and others are not. A person may be able to get multiple convictions expunged, but it depends on several factors. The best way to know for sure is to reach out to an experienced lawyer who can consult with a person and go over their record to determine if they are[…] Read More

What are the Consequences of a Drunk Driving Charge?

A criminal charge for driving under the influence (DUI) can be devastating. A DUI charge can have a serious and negative impact on a person’s reputation and can affect all aspects of personal and professional life. A conviction can mean the loss of a driver’s license and acquiring heavy fines. It is important to know how to handle a DUI case to mitigate problems that can arise. Although a DUI charge is not easy to overcome, there are certain legal[…] Read More

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When a person is accused or arrested for an alleged crime, they should hire a criminal defense lawyer because that person has the experience and knowledge to best represent a defendant’s interests. They can help achieve the best possible outcome and work with prosecutors to lessen any punishments that come with a criminal conviction or a plea bargain. A criminal defense lawyer represents the rights of individuals, organizations, and companies charged with criminal activity. Their job is to advocate on[…] Read More

What are the Differences Between Assault and Domestic Violence?

To be charged with assault in New Jersey, a person must place or attempt to place the alleged victim in imminent fear of physical harm. An act of physical violence does not need to take place, and the parties do not need to intimately know each other. Domestic violence is a pattern of physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. Like assault, physical violence does not need to occur to bring a domestic violence charge. Unlike assault, the people involved in[…] Read More

Robert N. Agre Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers List

Agre & St. John is pleased to announce that Robert N. Agre, a managing partner at the firm, has been selected to the 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Robert has been recognized for his work as a criminal defense attorney and has consistently been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2008. Super Lawyers highlights the work of lawyers in over 70 fields of practice. The selection process extends through a multiphase process where a lawyer’s personal and professional[…] Read More

What Do I Need to Know About the Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey?

In February 2021, New Jersey officially legalized recreational marijuana. This means that adult consumers over 21 years old in the state can now lawfully purchase and use marijuana. However, there will be rules, regulations, and laws dictating recreational marijuana usage. Cannabis advocates have pushed for legalization in New Jersey and across the nation for years. After winning their position, the state governor finally signed several bills decriminalizing marijuana usage. The legalization is a watershed moment in the pro-cannabis movement. Many[…] Read More

What is a Disorderly Conduct Charge?

Different states and municipalities have their own rules regarding disorderly conduct. Generally, disorderly conduct causes a public disturbance and could lead to criminal charges. Fighting could fall under the disorderly conduct category. More serious altercations could lead to battery or assault. Public misconduct such as intoxication is another common type of disorderly conduct. It is not uncommon for people to be charged with disorderly conduct at public gatherings as well. Peaceful protests are legal, but disruptive protests can lead to[…] Read More

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