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Is it Possible for My Criminal Case to Get Dismissed?

When someone is charged with a criminal offense, they may think about whether or not the charge could be dismissed. A dismissal can happen, but only under certain circumstances. It is important to note that there is a difference between charges being dismissed and charges being dropped. To be dismissed, the charge must have already been filed. A charge can actually be dropped before or after they were filed. What are My Legal Rights in a Criminal Case? People who[…] Read More

Can I be Criminally Charged for a Road Rage Incident?

Although there is no direct road rage charge in New Jersey, there are other chargeable crimes that may arise from a road rage incident. There is also a state statute that increases penalties for aggressive drivers whose road rage causes injuries to others. Therefore, although one may not be criminally charged for road rage, one may be charged with other crimes stemming from a road rage incident. A driver may also face jail time and fines if someone was injured[…] Read More

What are Possible Defenses for a Weapons Charge?

A weapons charge is often entangled with other criminal offenses, but even when the charge stands alone, the outcome can be extremely damaging. A good defense against a weapons charge is a strong case that establishes doubt on the prosecution’s evidence. An effective defense attorney takes into account all factors of the case, including how the charges came to be and how the evidence will be presented in court. Like all good criminal defense strategies, a successful defense considers all[…] Read More

Understanding the Juvenile Justice System

The transition from child to adult is never easy. Teenagers are honing good judgement through experience. They tend to test limits, try different things, and struggle to manage emotions and behavior while going through significant changes. It is not surprising that many teenagers get into legal trouble. Unfortunately, bad judgement resulting in criminal activity can have long-lasting negative impacts. Someone with a criminal record may have difficulty in pursuing certain careers and securing credit. The following are some common juvenile[…] Read More

What Should I Know About DUI Hit-and-Run Accidents?

Drunk driving is a significant danger for motorists and pedestrians. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it is a factor in 30 percent of all fatal car crashes. The CDC also states that 10 percent of auto crashes are hit-and-runs, and damages caused by DUI hit-and run-accidents can be devastating. Leaving the scene after an accident, especially for those who are intoxicated, also increases the risk of stricter punishments by law. What are the[…] Read More

What is a Conflict of Interest?

Any professional can run into a conflict of interest. For lawyers, a conflict of interest is a serious matter that could lead to disbarment, discipline, or even a malpractice lawsuit. Consequently, attorneys must pay careful attention to their decisions. Quite simply, conflicts of interest are when lawyers are put into ethical dilemmas. Legal professionals are held to high standards and must follow rules of legal ethics. When they feel that they cannot ethically represent clients because of conflicting realities and[…] Read More

What Defenses Can be Used in Statutory Rape Cases?

It is against the law for an adult to have sex with a minor. This law still applies when the sex is consensual between both parties. It is assumed that minors are not capable of providing informed consent for sexual activities. The age of consent varies from state to state and can range from 14 years old to 18 years old. What is the Law in New Jersey? In New Jersey, it is illegal for adults over 18 years old[…] Read More

What is Aggravated Assault?

When people read through police blotters online or in print form, they may notice mentions of aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is a type of assault that carries specific penalties based on state law. How is Aggravated Assault Defined? Aggravated assault involves the act of either physically touching or attempting to physically touch someone else in order to commit violence. This type of assault is an elevated form of simple assault, which is an assault charge with lesser consequences. According to[…] Read More

Does a Minor in the Car Impact My DUI Charge?

The penalty for driving under the influence (DUI) can be severe, even for first-time offenders. Drinking and driving with a minor in the vehicle will make the charges even worse in most cases. In some states, the original DUI/DWI charge is levied more severely, while in others, a DUI with a minor in the vehicle can lead to additional charges. In serious cases, for example, a minor injured because of drunk driving can lead to child endangerment charges as well.[…] Read More

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Megan’s Law Update

A conviction for a sex offense in the State of New Jersey generally carries with it the requirement of Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.  Under some, but not all circumstances, an individual may move to terminate his or her registration requirements under Megan’s Law, as well as parole supervision for life if that person has remained offense-free for a period of 15 years following his or her conviction or release from imprisonment. In order to terminate Megan’s Law[…] Read More

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