As New Jersey drivers, we know that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) implements a point system that can affect our driving privileges (if we rack up too many MVC points). It’s important to be aware that insurance companies have their own point systems, which they use to research your driving history and to … Continue reading New Jersey Point Systems
It’s always important to treat the police with the respect and cooperation that they deserve. If you’ve been charged with a crime, however, it’s also important that you don’t reveal any more to the police than you are obliged to reveal. To be read your Miranda rights is to be informed of your rights, and … Continue reading You have the Right to Be Silent, so Please Be Silent
Expungement refers to the court-ordered process of, essentially, erasing the legal record connected to an arrest for a criminal conviction. In actuality, the arrest or conviction is merely sealed or discarded in the eyes of the law. The laws regarding expungement, however, are state specific and can even vary from county to county. Legally Speaking … Continue reading How to Tell if You’re Eligible for an Expungement
If you’re not yet 21, you have no defense for imbibing in alcoholic beverages – it’s illegal from every perspective. If you’ve been charged with underage driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey, it’s imperative that you bring your strongest defense. Get Serious If you’re not of legal … Continue reading Underage Drinking and DUI
Megan’s Law allows registered sex offenders – who have not reoffended in the 15 years since either their original conviction or their release from custody (whichever comes later) and who are therefore less likely to pose a societal threat – to have their sex offender registration and reporting obligations lifted. Many such registrants spend those … Continue reading Termination of Megan’s Law Obligations Could Become Harder
A New York judge recently ordered a drug-addicted mother who’s worked as a prostitute not to get pregnant before she regains custody of her baby. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher’s order relays that this constraint is intended to improve the woman’s chances of achieving rehabilitation and reuniting with her infant son without a newer baby … Continue reading Could Court Ordered Birth Control Be a Violation of a Woman’s Civil Rights?
If your gun was seized by a police officer who was making an arrest, it can be a complicated, laborious, and ultimately frustrating process to attempt to get it back. During arrests, officers can seize personal property for a variety of reasons, but there are highly specific procedures associated with this act. How Does It … Continue reading Can I Get My Gun Back If It Was Seized by Police?
Most people have heard about the Breathalyzer test that police officers use for ascertaining whether a driver is over the legal alcohol limit for driving. Such a test measures your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), the limit of which is under .08% in New Jersey. This test, however, only represents the beginning; there is another Breathalyzer … Continue reading What Is the Observation Period?
If you are arrested for a felony in New Jersey, you will not necessarily be automatically indicted and tried. There are several elements that must come into play before that eventuality will occur. Indictment in New Jersey Before making an indictment, the prosecutor must possess enough evidence to make it worthwhile to move your case … Continue reading What Is a Pre-Indictment Conference?
When you are issued a ticket and a summons to court, it should be clearly communicated to you what allegations you will face at your court date. Knowing the exact nature of your charge is critical to deciding whether you need legal representation and to developing a defense strategy in your case. If you are … Continue reading Can a Misprinted Ticket Lead to My Charges being Dropped?