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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Dangers of Fingerprint Evidence


Is fingerprint evidence reliable?

Crime scene investigators have long relied on fingerprint evidence to uncover who committed a crime.  Fingerprint evidence is widely regarded as powerful evidence because all of us carry around a unique pattern of swirls and ridges on each of our fingers.  Despite the widespread use of fingerprint evidence in courtrooms across the nation, many judges and researchers across the nation have questioned whether fingerprint experts use scientifically sound techniques to determine a suspect’s identity.  Our Read more . . .


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The True Consequences of a Felony Conviction


How might being convicted of a felony affect my future?

A felony is a serious offense that could impact your freedom and your future.  While most people charged with a felony recognize that they could face imprisonment, they might not realize the other collateral consequences to a felony conviction.  Our New Jersey criminal defense lawyers discuss the true consequences of a felony conviction and what actions you can take to avoid being convicted of any one of these serious crimes.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dangers of Speaking to the Police Without Your Lawyer


Why is it so important for me to request a lawyer before making statements to the police?

Tiger Woods’ high-profile arrest has captured the attention of the nation, but his decision to make a statement to the police and the public concerning his arrest could lead to significant legal consequences.  Woods was recently pulled over at 2 a.m. in Jupiter, Florida after he pulled to the side of the road with the engine running and the turn signal blinking.  He had two flat tires and his vehicle displayed evidence of a recent car accident.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Defending Against Theft Charges in New Jersey


What penalties could I face if I am convicted of theft in New Jersey?

Theft in New Jersey is a serious offense that could result in years of imprisonment and hefty fines.  Potential penalties for a theft crime will depend on the value of the property taken.  Anyone accused of theft in New Jersey will need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the charges and mount your strongest legal defense.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

NJ High Court Holds Prosecutors Must Provide More Evidence During Bail Hearing


What evidence must prosecutors present to detain a defendant on bail?

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an important ruling concerning the state’s new bail system.  In a 5-2 ruling, the high court upheld a lower court’s decision ordering prosecutors to provide witness statements and other evidence against a defendant accused of murder during the preliminary hearing.  The case was one of several that arose after New Jersey’s considerable criminal justice overhaul which took place in January.  Our Read more . . .


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey


In New Jersey, domestic violence crimes are punished harshly.  Domestic violence crimes include the following crimes, when committed by an adult against a person who meets the criteria of a domestic violence victim:

  • Homicide;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Assault;
  • Criminal restraint;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Terroristic threats;
  • Harassment;
  • And several others.

Domestic violence victims could include a current or former spouse, a current or former household member, a person you are dating, or a person with whom you are expecting a child.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Offenses

Potential penalties for domestic violence crimes vary depending on the nature of the crime.  Those charged with a domestic violence offense could face several years in prison, considerable fines, and a permanent criminal record.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

To Plea or Not To Plea?


Should I plead guilty or go to trial?

One of the primary questions that most criminal defendants have is whether they should accept a plea bargain or go to trial.  Electing to plead guilty or fight your charges in court is a difficult decision that must be made with the experienced assistance of your criminal defense attorney.  Your best option will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your case.  Our


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Friday, March 24, 2017

What If I Refuse the Breathalyzer Test?


What penalties do I face if I refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test in New Jersey?

Law enforcement officers across New Jersey are on the look-out for potentially intoxicated drivers.  Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in the state that can result in loss of your license, time in jail, fines, and more.  Being pulled over and asked to submit to a breathalyzer test is a frightening experience.  Drivers will often wonder whether they have to submit to the breathalyzer test and what will happen if they refuse.  Our Read more . . .


Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Jersey Considers Creating Veteran’s Diversion Program


How could a veteran’s diversion program benefit veterans accused of crimes in New Jersey?

Currently, New Jersey is one of just ten states without a program in place to divert veterans accused of crimes from the traditional court system into mental-health or substance abuse treatment.  That could soon change if a bill now awaiting final legislative approval gets the support it needs.  The proposed bill would allow veterans accused of some crimes to avoid facing trial and conviction, and instead receive mental health services to address the root of their charges.  

Thus far, the bill has attracted some dissenters; not for its plan to divert veterans, but for its limited scope.  The proposed bill would allow for diversion of only veterans accused of certain nonviolent crimes and limits help to just treatment programs run by the U.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Defending Against Assault Charges in New Jersey


What should I do if I have been charged with assault in NJ?

In New Jersey, you could be charged with assault if you injure or attempt to injure another person without a legal justification.  Assault charges often result from fights or brawls.  If you have been charged with assault in New Jersey, you could face a hefty fine or even jail time. 


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Monday, February 27, 2017

FAQ About the Moving Through the Juvenile Justice Process in New Jersey


If you or your child are facing criminal charges, you are likely feeling extremely overwhelmed and unsure where to turn next. Fortunately, our experienced team of legal professionals can help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the juvenile justice system, such as those listed below:

FAQ #1: What is a ‘delinquency complaint’?

The delinquency complaint is the document that essentially jump starts the juvenile justice process. If an officer has probable cause to believe a minor has committed a delinquent act, the case can turn one of several ways.


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