What Should I Do if I am Falsely Charged with Drug Possession?

A person who has been found with drugs in their home or car can face serious legal consequences. If a police officer discovers drugs in a home or vehicle, they will consider the owner of the property as the primary suspect. If it is not possible to immediately establish that someone else is the owner of the drugs, then the owner of the property is likely to be arrested. After an arrest, it is important to avoid being confrontational. The[…] Read More

What Should I Do if I Have Been Falsely Accused of a Crime?

Being falsely accused of a crime is a serious matter, but anyone who is in this position can follow certain steps to ensure that they will not make matters worse. One of the most important steps to do is to remain calm. Even if someone is questioned by the police, that person has the right to remain silent. Saying too much at this juncture could give the police evidence that could be used against the accused at a later time.[…] Read More

What Happens if I Tamper with an Ignition Interlock Device?

In some driving under the influence (DUI) cases, an interlock device may be placed on a driver’s vehicle. This is done for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons are to promote public safety and to enforce compliance with laws and court orders. However, some people may choose to disable or modify the device, but this is not a good idea. An ignition interlock device is a piece of technology that prevents a driver from starting their vehicle[…] Read More

What are Property Crimes?       

Property crimes are common and committed against another person’s possessions from buildings to physical items. They can range based on the violence of the crime and the amount taken or damaged. The circumstances of a crime will dictate the type of property crime it is. For instance, the perpetrator need not make off with any stolen goods. The fact that they forced their way into a place with the intent to steal is sufficient. Some crimes, such as a burglary,[…] Read More

What Should I Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

A criminal defendant must hire a successful criminal defense lawyer after they are accused of a crime. The system provides a defendant with the right to a trial by their peers. In addition, a defendant has a right to be represented by an lawyer at trial. These rights are provided to ensure that each defendant gets a fair trial so that no one is jailed unjustly. The key to this system working as intended is for the criminal defense lawyer[…] Read More

Jury Trials are Now Suspended in New Jersey

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order on Nov. 16, 2020, suspending all criminal and civil jury trials as well as in-person grand jury proceedings. The order comes in response to increasingly elevated cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections throughout the state. In-person jury trials were previously suspended for six months as a result of the pandemic. A backlog of thousands of cases resulted. In the summer, the Supreme Court opted to allow jury trials to proceed in a hybrid[…] Read More

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is both a legal and social issue that has garnered increased attention over the last several years. It is a worldwide issue that constantly evolves with new legal challenges and law enforcement strategies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists human trafficking as the third-largest international crime. Human trafficking is a very specific legal terminology that refers to the trade of human beings for exploitation. This is the basic definition, however, there are several components and variables when[…] Read More

What is Excessive Force?

The use of excessive force during an arrest does in fact violate the Fourth Amendment; however determining what constitutes excessive force is no easy task. What is considered as excessive force is subjective, and it can mean different things in various jurisdictions. Generally, excessive force is considered force beyond what is necessary to subdue a suspect while keeping the officer and bystanders safe. A police officer who feels they are in danger can use deadly force against a suspect in[…] Read More

What Happens After I Resist Arrest?

When an individual interferes with an arrest from law enforcement, it is considered resisting arrest. For those facing arrest, it may feel natural to try to flee; however, this reaction can lead to serious problems, including fines, incarceration, or even fatalities. Those charged with resisting arrest should note that there are possible defenses; therefore, it is important to contact a lawyer if one is facing such charges. When a person attempts to fight or flee from an arrest, this could[…] Read More

Should I Hire a Lawyer Before Formal Charges are Filed?

It is never too early to hire a lawyer when facing arrest or detention by the police.  A criminal defense lawyer can prevent formal charges from being leveled, protect one from violations of their constitutional rights, prevent witnesses and evidence tampering, and negotiate alternative sentencing. Attempting to defend oneself without consulting a lawyer can result in devastating consequences that may be hard to reverse. Even if one is unable to speak to an attorney while being detained or accused, it[…] Read More

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