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FLORIDA FIRES 32 GUARDS AFTER INMATE DEATHS

INMATE DEATHS LEAD TO INVESTIGATION—32 GUARDS FIRED In the wake of inmate deaths at seven prisons in Florida, the state’s Department of Corrections has conducted an investigation and terminated 32 guards. Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews told reporters that those terminated had ...

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PSYCHOLOGISTS WANT TO ADDRESS UNCONSCIOUS RACIAL BIAS

PSYCHOLOGISTS LOOK FOR WAYS TO ADDRESS UNCONSCIOUS RACIAL BIAS We all make judgments based on racial stereotypes, even when we work hard to pay attention to our actions. Psychologists content that it’s most often a subconscious act, the product of years of socialization and training, from parents ...

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ASSAULT IN NEW JERSEY

In New Jersey, there are two specific types of assault with which you can be charged—simple assault or aggravated assault. The nature of the charge will depend a number of factors, including whether or not a firearm or other weapon was used in the attack, how seriously the victim was hurt, or whet...

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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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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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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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TRAFFIC COPS WITH QUOTAS

All over the country and this state there are reports of traffic cops being pressured into writing questionable tickets for traffic violations in order to meet predetermined quotas. Many times the officers feel pressure to secure their own jobs by meeting these quotas in order for their departments ...

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SIMPLE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN NEW JERSEY

omment UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIMPLE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN NEW JERSEY Under the criminal laws of New Jersey, if you attempt to harm someone else, or if you intentionally cause injury to another person, you can be charged with assault. There are two levels of assault, though: simpl...

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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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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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