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 Should I Do if I am Pulled Over by a Police Officer?

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be a harrowing experience. A driver may or may not know why they are being stopped, and what happens next can depend on how they react. The best advice is to remain calm and to respond to the inquiries and directions. The situation can easily escalate, so it is important to understand what the police are allowed to do in these situations. How Should I Pull Over? When a driver realizes that[…] Read More

Drunk Driving Arrests in the Time of COVID-19

The onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has negatively impacted all aspects of modern life. In New Jersey, the state implemented a strict shutdown policy to battle the virus. This caused delays in all criminal procedures, and it even affected those who were charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in the state. In New Jersey, DUIs are not criminal offenses, they are traffic violations. This means that those suspected of DUI do not have the same constitutional expectations than[…] Read More

When am I Eligible for Expungement?

If a person has only been indicted for one offense throughout their lifetime, they are eligible for expungement in the state of New Jersey. If a person has been indicted on two indictable offenses, they will not be eligible for expungement. Clearing up an eligible criminal record can provide benefits to a person for years. They might not think it important until they find themselves in a situation where they have to consent to a criminal background check. There are[…] Read More

Avoid Drinking and Driving on Blackout Wednesday

People look forward to Thanksgiving for many reasons, such as turkey, stuffing, family time, and sleeping in late. One event that many young adults look forward to is Blackout Wednesday, which is one of the biggest nights of the year for drinking. Blackout Wednesday is a dangerous tradition and became popular when bars started promoting binge drinking during events and parties. Blackout Wednesday has become a popular night among younger crowds. Even when the bars try to discourage drunk driving[…] Read More

Are Field Sobriety Tests Unreliable?

When a police officer pulls over a suspected drunk driver, the officer will usually administer a standardized field sobriety test. Although a field sobriety test may seem useful, it can be tough to pass, even when someone is not under the influence. Many people who have been arrested for drunk driving, despite passing breathalyzer tests, work with lawyers to try to show the courts that field sobriety tests are flawed, misleading, and biased. Different Elements of Field Sobriety Tests In[…] Read More

Driving Without Insurance Carries Severe Penalties and Fines

Driving without insurance is prohibited in several states. In New Jersey, it can carry worse penalties than driving while intoxicated. One can lose their driver’s license, pay steep fines, court costs and surcharges, along with participating in community service. What is the Law in New Jersey? New Jersey law requires every owner of a motor vehicle registered in the state to maintain motor vehicle liability insurance coverage. The statute also requires that the following minimum coverage be maintained: An amount[…] Read More

Why Should Teenagers Never Use Cellphones While Driving?

Nowadays, teenagers are constantly looking at their phones. While the trend is worrisome for parents, it is most alarming when a teenager is driving. Using a cellphone while driving a serious threat to everyone on the road. Throughout the United States, using a cellphone is strictly prohibited while driving. If a driver is convicted of using a phone, it can lead to serious consequences, especially for repeat offenders. Why is it Illegal to Use a Phone While Driving? The law[…] 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

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

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