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NASCAR DRIVER NOT CHARGED WITH CRIME IN RACETRACK DEATH

GRAND JURY DECLINES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST TONY STEWART Three time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart received a “no-bill” from a New York grand jury investigation the death of another driver in a sprint car race in upstate New York in August. The no-bill means that Stewart won’t face criminal c...

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HOW TO ELIMINATE OR ERASE YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD

A criminal record can be damaging to a person’s employment opportunities and occupational goals. It can also damage a person’s image with their colleagues, friends and family. It can follow a person forever and be a constant weight on their shoulders. There is a way to eliminate or erase your c...

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HACKING AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

In New Jersey, hacking into someone’s computer to disrupt its operation or to steal the owner’s personal information is a serious offense with serious consequences. “Hacking” is defined in New Jersey as a computer criminal activity when the “hacker” purposefully or knowingly and withou...

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HAS THE LAW REALLY CRACKED DOWN ON MINORS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS?

Contrary to popular belief, legal actions against minors in which the result is incarceration have drastically decreased in the last few decades. This decrease is a result of focused efforts by New Jersey’s law enforcement divisions and the court system at large. In 2004, New Jersey was among the ...

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IT’S LEGAL FOR MINORS TO DRINK IN OTHER COUNTRIES. WHY NOT IN THE USA?

In the United States and in the state of New Jersey, the drinking age is 21. This is not the case in many other countries, in particular those in Europe. Many people question why the drinking age in this state and nation is not lower. Many people claim that the prevalence of alcohol-related problems...

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CHILD DIES AFTER BEING LEFT IN A HOT CAR

The temperature inside of a vehicle can rise very quickly, especially during hot summer months. Although the outdoor thermostat might only read in the mid-80s, a car’s interior temperature, especially when parked in the sun’s rays, can fast approach 135 degrees, then 155, then 160…. There is ...

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UNDERAGE DRINKING

Underage drinking is a widespread problem in New Jersey, and a conviction for underage drinking can have severe consequences. Consumption or possession of alcohol in public by a person under the age of 21 is a crime punishable by a fine of $500 or more and, if the offense occurs in a motor vehicle,...

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MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING PROBLEMS

Since 1979, New Jersey has imposed mandatory minimum sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences require the offender to serve the mandatory portion of their sentence before being eligible for parole. The median mandatory minimum sentence is five years in New Jersey. Additionally, offenders cannot reduce...

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CAN I BE ARRESTED FOR HAVING MARIJUANA PARAPHERNALIA?

In New Jersey it is illegal for a person to use or possess marijuana paraphernalia (N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2). Those using or possessing marijuana paraphernalia are guilty of a disorderly persons offense that can result in serious fines and up to six months in prison (N.J.S.A. 2C:43-8). It is no laughing ...

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE

In New Jersey the punishment for driving without a license, whether because your license was refused, suspended, revoked or prohibited, is hefty. For the first offense the fine is $500. The punishment for the second offense is $750 and at least one day in county jail, and the third offense lands you...

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