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  • Should you worry about eyewitness testimony?

    Apr 19, 2023

    Eyewitness testimony is one of the most powerful pieces of evidence used in a court of law. It is often pivotal in proving guilt or innocence, but how reliable are they? While many people like to believe they have perfect recall, in reality, multiple factors can impact a person's recollection of events. The fallibility of memory Eyewitness testimony is a crucial part of the legal system, with many cases relying heavily on the accounts of thos...
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  • DUI and DWI charges can be “aggravated” when minors are present

    Apr 12, 2023

    Most adults fully understand that it is not a good idea to drink and drive. Therefore, they do their best to wait a reasonable amount of time after drinking before getting behind the wheel of a car. The logic in this approach is sound, as the only thing that can lower a motorist’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below the legal limit is time.However, despite many motorists’ best intentions, the arrest of individuals whose BAC i...
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  • What is the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine?

    Apr 12, 2023

    Different legal doctrines exist. While they may not be used in everyday conversations, you should be informed of them, especially when facing a What is it? The fruit of the poisonous tree is a doctrine that makes illegally obtained evidence inadmissible in court. Thus, if the police collect evidence in a way that violates your rights, you may use this doctrine to defend yourself from any charge.For example, if the police illegally search you...
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  • What should you do when accused of a white-collar crime?

    Apr 9, 2023

    Despite being non-violent, white-collar crimes are considered serious and can lead to significant legal consequences. Anyone can be accused of 1. Stay calm It can be tempting to burst out of anger when accused of a crime at work. However, while you may be trying to fight for your rights, this may disadvantage you. Your feelings should not get in the way, as you may say or do something that can incriminate you. I...
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  • Can you defend yourself against a failure to appear charge?

    Apr 9, 2023

    If you are charged with a criminal offense, one of the conditions the court will set forth for your bail is attending your court dates. Skipping court (also known as jumping bail) is a huge mistake; one that can lead to a range of What are the consequences of jumping bail? A missed court date is a big deal. Per New Jersey laws, a judge will issue a bench warrant against you if yo...
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  • Are plea deals as good as they sound?

    Apr 5, 2023

    In times of war, people on one side often give those on the other a harsh choice: Surrender or die – and that can sound pretty unreasonable. If you stand accused of committing a crime in the U.S., however, your choices might also feel unreasonable. Prosecutors can make it sound like you have no hope of fighting the charges, which leaves you with two equally unappealing options: Admit you did the crime in a ple...
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  • Can driving while on painkillers get me in trouble?

    Apr 3, 2023

    When people talk about driving under the influence of drugs, they often think of street drugs. However, medicines that your doctor lawfully prescribes to you could also get you arrested. In New Jersey, driving under the influence of drugs is illegal, and that includes prescription drugs that are classified as narcotics, which doctors prescribe often to treat pain, among others. Painkillers OcyContin or Methadone, for example, are two of types of Driving under th...
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  • Can the police lie to you?

    Apr 3, 2023

    Most assume that people sworn to uphold the law would be held to a higher standard. These are the same people that make up the jury at a trial, and when they hear that the police got the suspect to confess to a crime, they'll also assume that the suspect is guilty. But what if the police used lies to obtain that confession? Are they legally allowed to lie to a suspect during an interrogation...
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  • Why do some kids join gangs?

    Mar 22, 2023

    Youth gang involvement has been around for centuries, but that does not make it less concerning. According to the National Gang Center, eight percent of youths have joined a gang at least once by the time they hit their 20s. On average, they stay in a gang for one to two years. There are many reasons why some kids join gangs, and here are four of them: To have a sense of belonging Many kid...
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  • What happens if I resist arrest in New Jersey?

    Mar 20, 2023

    No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they have to resist arrest, but sometimes, things can escalate quickly. First, however, it’s important to understand the potential consequences of resisting arrest in New Jersey, which is considered a criminal offense.Under New Jersey law, Potential penalties for resisting arrest in New Jersey If an individual is charged and convicted of resisting arrest in New Jersey, they may face significant penalties. The severity of th...
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