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St. Patrick’s Day and Drunk Driving

St. Patrick’s Day is associated with an increase in drunk driving crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the 2016 holiday period between March 16 to March 18. The NHTSA advises everyone to make plans to get home safely before they participate in holiday festivities. Dangers of Drunk Driving Driving under the effects of alcohol or drugs can lead to catastrophic car accidents and injuries. Approximately one-third of[…] Read More

Drug Possession While Committing a Traffic Violation

Drug charges are serious allegations that often have severe consequences. Federal and state laws address several drug offenses that involve the illegal possession, trafficking, manufacture, or sale of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or medications like Oxycontin and Xanax that are commonly available by prescription. Among drug-related charges, drug possession is a less severe charge that is usually enforced by state officials as opposed to federal administrators. In New jersey, the law prohibits the operation[…] Read More

What Is Legal Malpractice?

Sometimes, a client may decide that they no longer want to work with their attorney; they may even accuse their lawyer of not practicing legal ethics or make allegations of negligent misconduct. However, not all situations call for a charge of legal malpractice. In fact, legal malpractice happens less frequently than many people assume because it carries a specific, narrow definition. How Does the Law Define Legal Malpractice? A court generally will not rule in favor of a plaintiff accusing[…] Read More

New Drunk Driving Laws

Drivers in New Jersey should be aware that drunk driving laws have changed as of December 2019. The new law brings two significant revisions to previous DUI/DWI charges. The law removes license suspensions for first offenders while requiring all convicted drivers to install interlock breathalyzer devices on their vehicles. These devices automatically disable the vehicle if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. An Effective Alternative to License Suspension? It has been questioned whether breathalyzers are effective. Interlock devices can[…] Read More

Types of Sex Crimes

There are various types of sex crimes, some of the most common crimes include coercion and illegal sexual conduct against an individual. All states have certain laws that prohibit these crimes, but they often have statutes of limitations on lawsuits against alleged offenders. Sex crimes can be divided into certain categories, this makes it easier to understand how laws are applied in different scenarios. Solicitation and Prostitution Solicitation involves requesting or demanding another person to engage in criminal conduct, while[…] Read More

What is a Probation Violation?

Judges in New Jersey are given the ability to grant probation for certain crimes. By sentencing someone to follow the rules and regulations of probation, judges can benefit the community and the accused. Nevertheless, probation is not something to be taken lightly, even though it helps people avoid time behind bars. Each probation agreement includes its own parameters. If someone on probation breaks any term, the probation will be considered violated, resulting in jail time. Types of Probation Violations Individuals[…] Read More

Sex Offender Misled by Police

A recent state Supreme Court ruling raises important questions about the tactics law enforcement officers use to secure a confession.  In 2011, police officers pulled over an individual suspected of numerous sexual assaults. During questioning, officers led him to believe that, if he confessed, he would get a more lenient sentence that included counseling instead of incarceration. Upon confessing, he was then named in a 12-count indictment and incarcerated. His took his case all the way to the state Supreme[…] Read More

Dealing with DWI Defense During the Holidays

In New Jersey, motorists need to take drunk driving seriously year-round, but especially during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s see an increase in policed roadblocks and checkpoints geared at catching people who are driving under the influence (DUI), also called driving while intoxicated (DWI).  Although everyone wants to keep individuals who are DWI off the roads, not everyone accused of a DUI/DWI is convicted of the crime. Plenty of people charged with DWI in New Jersey[…] Read More

Understanding a Forgery Offense

In films featuring spies like James Bond, forgery happens frequently to the delight of the audience. In the real world, people charged with forgery get no applause. In fact, forgery is a serious allegation and one that can land someone in prison for many years. For that reason, every person accused of forgery should seek help from a criminal defense attorney to plan how to respond to the charges. What is a Forgery Offense? Forgery involves manipulating a document or[…] Read More

Philadelphia Police Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

A police officer in South Philadelphia was recently charged with sexually assaulting a woman with whom he took on a date. The officer, who works in Philadelphia’s 17th Precinct, is being held in jail with bail set at $1 million. He is currently suspended with intent to dismiss while the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office builds their case. The officer met the woman when he visited her workplace while on duty early in the summer. On August 8, several weeks after[…] Read More