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March 2017 Archives

What you need to know about drug possession charges in New Jersey

While recent reports have indicated that newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make prosecution of drug crimes a priority for the Department of Justice going forward, this has always been the reality at the state level.

When Traffic Violations Trigger A Driver's License Suspension

From commuting to work and transporting children to school to getting groceries and attending important appointments, for most residents in Atlantic City, driving is an essential part of everyday life. It's important to keep in mind, however, that driving is a privilege and not a right and drivers who are cited for violating traffic laws can lose their driving privileges.

Can a drug dog search your property without a warrant?

Law enforcement uses dogs to sniff out bombs, drugs and cadavers to gather evidence of a crime. The validity of using dogs is not generally in question, but the validity of a search does come up on occasion. The U.S. Supreme Court has responded to whether the police can use dogs to search private property. Here are two seminal cases that cover the issue.

A Closer Look at How New Jersey Defines Domestic Violence - IV

In today's post, our blog will finish its ongoing discussion of New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, which started with an examination of how this offense is defined, before moving into a discussion of domestic violence arrests and, most recently, the circumstances in which temporary restraining orders are granted.

Is self-defense your defense against assault charges?

Criminal charges could affect anyone of any standing. Because unexpected situations catch people off guard every day, you could find yourself having assault charges leveled against you and wondering how you ended up in such a predicament. Unfortunately, a variety of circumstances could lead to such allegations, and in your case, you may simply have come across the wrong person or event at the wrong time.

Why young people should not make alcohol part of St. Paddy's Day

Today is Saint Patrick's Day, meaning people across the state will be donning green and heading to local events to take part in all manner of festivities celebrating Irish heritage. While the majority of people go to these festivals for the food, the music and the camaraderie, there's no denying that others -- particularly young adults -- go to imbibe.

Is the state's system for clearing a criminal record headed for reform?

There's no question that those men and women who are ready to resume their life and make meaningful changes upon release from prison will face very real and very substantial obstacles. Indeed, one of the most difficult hurdles they're likely to encounter after paying their debt to society is finding steady employment.

Casino crimes in New Jersey: Swindling and cheating

Last month, we discussed how New Jersey's Casino Investigations Unit divides its enforcement efforts between cracking down on traditional crime -- disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, prostitution, robbery, etc. -- and violations of the Casino Control Act.

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