Teenager’s Rights After Being Arrested in New Jersey

April 25, 2021

If a juvenile is arrested by the police, do they have the same rights as adults or do they get special rights or treatment due to their youth? Continue reading to find out. Minors Have the Same Rights as Adult Suspects Generally speaking, minors who are arrested for a crime have the same basic rights as adult criminal suspects, including…

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Penalties and Sentencing for Narcotics Possession

April 19, 2021

Unlawful possession of narcotics or controlled substances can lead to criminal charges, which may result in a conviction. A conviction for controlled substance possession usually results in a sentence that includes some amount of jail or prison time. However, the length of time that a person convicted for controlled substance possession will spend incarcerated can depend on the circumstances of…

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NJ Bill That Would Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences for 29 Crimes Expecting Final Vote

March 9, 2021

Criminal justice reform advocates are encouraging the New Jersey state Assembly to pass a bill that will eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for a variety of criminal offenses. Bill Eliminating Certain Mandatory Minimums Passes NJ Senate Bill S-3456 was previously approved by the state Senate and sent to the Assembly for committee meetings. The measure is part of a nationwide push…

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What is the Graves Act?

March 1, 2021

The Graves Act refers to the state law in New Jersey governing firearms and weapons criminal offenses. The Graves Act is considered one of the most strict criminal weapons statutes of any state in the country. The Graves Act is notable because it requires violators to serve lengthy prison sentences, which include significant periods of parole ineligibility. The Graves’ Act’s…

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NJ Resident Facing Attempted Murder Charges For Alleged Hit-And-Run in Bound Brook

February 25, 2021

A resident of Benardsville, NJ has been recently charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder after running down two pedestrians in the parking lot of the Bound Brook Train Station back in December 2019.  What Happened At around 1:30 a.m. on December 20, 2019, members of the Bound Brook Rescue Squad and Bound Brook Police Department responded to a…

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Can You Buy Legal Marijuana in New Jersey?

February 23, 2021

As of Monday, February 22, 2021 marijuana is officially legal in the state of New Jersey – but what does that mean for those who have existing criminal records for marijuana possession? Will your record be automatically expunged now that marijuana has finally been legalized? Can you still go to jail for possession of it? Continue reading to learn more…

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What is Considered a Terroristic Threat?

January 24, 2021

We have all lost our temper from time to time. Maybe someone cut you off on the highway, took the last gallon of milk at the store, or tossed a cigarette butt that landed at your feet. Most of the time, we brush these little annoyances off, but sometimes when tensions boil over, people can say things they might not…

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What Happens During a Pretrial Detention Hearing?

January 4, 2021

When you or a loved one is awaiting trial in New Jersey, the pretrial hearing can be one of the most important moments in the case – and proper legal representation is the best weapon to bring to the fight. Without proper representation, you could be fighting the case from behind  bars, making it nearly impossible to get the advocacy…

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Does New Jersey Consider Drug Possession a Felony?

December 15, 2020

If you are arrested in New Jersey for possession of controlled substances, you may wonder whether you will be charged with a criminal felony for your offense. New Jersey takes drug possession crimes seriously. As a result, many drug possession crimes in New Jersey are treated as felonies (also known as “indictable crimes” in New Jersey) and accordingly carry harsh…

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NJ Attorney General Orders Prosecutors to Stop Processing Low-Level Marijuana Cases

December 5, 2020

Last month, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal ordered state prosecutors to halt proceedings on all low-level marijuana possession cases, pending the outcome of bills in the state legislature that would decriminalize and legalize marijuana. Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions Halted Attorney General Grewal wrote to municipal, county, and state prosecutors shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday to direct that any defendants charged…

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