Criminal Defense

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Defending Against Burglary and Theft Charges

How much prison time could I receive if I am convicted of burglary?

Burglary and theft are both property crimes that carry potentially serious penalties in the state of New Jersey.  While the crimes of theft, robbery, and burglary are often lumped together, these crimes have quite different definitions and penalties vary widely depending on which crime you have been accused.  Anyone charged with a theft related crime should contact a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer for assistance with mounting a strong defense against these grave charges.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Best Ways to Beat a DUI in New Jersey

What are the best defenses to a DUI/DWI charge?

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense in New Jersey.  The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol range from up to 30 days in jail and loss of your license for three months to 180 days of jail time and suspension of your license for 10 years.  While being charged with a DUI is frightening, a charge does not always have to equal a conviction.  There are several options when it comes to mounting a strong defense against your DUI/DWI charge.  Our Read more . . .

Friday, October 27, 2017

NJ Lawmakers Propose Panel to Review Possible Wrongful Convictions

How many people are wrongfully convicted each year?

Over two million Americans are currently behind bars, representing the world’s highest incarceration rate.  It is difficult to accurately calculate how many of those in jail actually committed the crimes of which they were convicted.  One study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 4.1 percent of defendants sentenced to death in America were later found to be innocent.  This equates to one in 25 innocent death row inmates, and the true figure could be far higher among the general prison population.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Defending Against Weapons Charges in New Jersey

What are the penalties for being convicted of a weapons charge?

New Jersey strictly enforces its numerous gun and weapons laws.  Conviction for a weapons offense can lead to stiff penalties, including prison time.  Gun charges can be secondary crimes that exacerbate the punishment of the main crime, such as possession of a firearm while committing a burglary.  A gun offense can also be a standalone crime, in which possessing the illegal weapon is sufficient for indictment.  Our Read more . . .

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Motions to Suppress Evidence in New Jersey

What are the grounds for suppressing evidence in New Jersey?

If you are facing criminal charges and have concerns about some of the evidence that the state intends to use against you, you may wish to have the evidence suppressed or deemed inadmissible in court.  To successfully move to have evidence excluded, you will need to file a motion to suppress evidence with the assistance of your experienced criminal defense lawyer.  Suppression motions must be backed by strong proof as to why the evidence should not be admissible and, while many suppression motions are filed, only a small portion of them are granted.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Reexamining Discovery Rules in NJ and Across the Country

When must prosecutors turn over evidence to defendants in New Jersey?

If you have been charged with a crime, you are entitled to receive certain kinds of evidence and information.  Generally, a defendant has the right to receive evidence held by the prosecution before trial.  This is known as discovery, and the prosecutor’s duty to turn over discovery is ongoing.  In New York and several other states, however, prosecutors are legally allowed to wait until right before trial to turn over witness statements and other key pieces of evidence.  Such late discovery can cripple your ability to defend against the criminal charges against you.

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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 . . .

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