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THE VALIDITY OF FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS

When you have been pulled over on the road in New Jersey, for any legal reason, and the police officer suspects that you may be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, one of the first things you may be asked to do is submit to a field sobriety test. The purpose of t...

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CAN YOU CHALLENGE A TRAFFIC STOP IN NEW JERSEY?

You’ve been pulled over by New Jersey law enforcement officers, submitted to a blood alcohol test and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after registering a level of intoxication above the legal limit. Should you simply plead guilty and accept the consequences? Not necessarily…i...

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THE DIFFERENT MURDER CHARGES IN NEW JERSEY

In an earlier blog, we looked at the different criminal charges that can be prosecuted after a homicide, the most serious being murder. But there are different types and degrees of murder. Let’s take a closer look at murder and help you understand the difference between first-degree murder, secon...

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HOMICIDE IN NEW JERSEY—THE DIFFERENT OFFENSES

MURDER | MANSLAUGHTER | VEHICULAR HOMICIDE Under the laws of New Jersey, a homicide is defined as the taking of someone else’s life by a human being. In and of itself, homicide is not necessarily a crime—a police officer may kill someone as a reasonable response to that person’s imminent threa...

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CAN YOU BEAT A SPEEDING TICKET?

It takes just an instant…you’re driving on unfamiliar roads or you’re thinking about something else while behind the wheel. Suddenly, you see flashing lights in your mirror and realize that you’ve been traveling above the speed limit. A speeding ticket can be costly—you can incur substanti...

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TIPS FOR AVOIDING A DWI/DUI IN NEW JERSEY

Simply being arrested for drinking and driving can be a costly enterprise. If you’re convicted, you can face the loss of your driving privileges, incur substantial fines and go through substance abuse counseling. Here are some tips for minimizing the risk of a DUI arrest. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE...

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WHAT IS EMBEZZLEMENT IN NEW JERSEY?

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with the crime of embezzlement in New Jersey, you’ll need sound legal counsel to protect your rights. Unlike many other types of crimes, embezzlement is typically treated as both a criminal offense and a civil wrong. That means that you can...

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POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IN NEW JERSEY

In New Jersey, as in other states, police and prosecutors take drug crimes seriously. The penalties for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), trafficking, cultivation and conspiracy can be severe. But you don’t even have to be caught with illegal drugs. Like most other jurisdiction...

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FIREARMS OFFENSES IN NEW JERSEY

Though the 2nd Amendment has been held to grant certain rights with respect to the ownership of firearms, those rights are not absolute. The state of New Jersey has enacted a number of laws governing the possession and use of guns, including: Possession of a firearm during the commission of certain...

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WHITE COLLAR CRIME IN NEW JERSEY

Forgery…embezzlement…fraud…misappropriation of assets…these types of crimes generally fall under the terminology of “white collar crimes,” offenses of opportunity typically committed by people who have been given access to funds or property because of their position in an organization. T...

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