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What if I get caught drug trafficking?

New Jersey takes drug control very seriously and will charge any person caught with drugs to the fullest extent of the law. Even more serious than possession of drugs is drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is when you sell, transport, distribute or produce a large amount of a controlled substance. You will […]

New Jersey Cell Phone Violations

When a person is pulled over by the police because they were using their cell phone while driving, the will face a number of penalties. Like anything else, the first offense is the least severe punishment and they only get worse the more times you are accused. The first time […]

New Jersey License Suspensions

There are a number of ways that a person can have their drivers’ license suspended in New Jersey. If a person is driving their car while their drivers’ license has been suspended for whatever the reason may be, they will face serious consequences. One of the reasons that a person […]

Weapons Possession in New Jersey

In New Jersey, gun control is taken very seriously. The state only allows residents to own a firearm with a permit. Assault weapons are not permitted to be owned by New Jersey residents. Any gun purchased in New Jersey must be purchased from a licensed dealer with a gun permit. The […]

Pharmacy Theft in New Jersey

One of the major problems plaguing today’s society is prescription drug abuse. There have unfortunately been many cases in which a person will break into a pharmacy with the intentions of stealing the prescription drugs that they desire. New Jersey takes pharmacy theft seriously in hopes to combat the serious […]

What are the three field sobriety tests?

When a person is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the police officer will administer a field sobriety test. There are three field sobriety tests that an officer can give. When the test is being performed, the officer is looking for specific clues that can […]

Under 21 DUI in New Jersey

The legal age to consume alcohol in the United States is 21 years old, and in New Jersey, it is no different. However, the driving age in New Jersey is much younger than that. Therefore, though it is unfortunate, it is inevitable that a 19 or 20-year-old will get behind […]

What Is An Ignition Interlock Device?

If you are caught driving under the influence in New Jersey, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device will make it so you have to take a chemical breath test every time you start your car. If your blood alcohol level is […]

What Are The Different Types Of Bail?

When you are arrested, there are some situations in which you can be released from jail on bail. This means that you will pay a certain amount of money to leave jail but ensuring that you will still make your appearances in court. There are five different types of bail […]

Victim’s Rights In New Jersey

640px-USMC-04952When a person is the victim of a crime in New Jersey, they are protected under the New Jersey Constitutional Amendment for Victim’s Rights. The state wants to protect victims from any further trauma that may be inflicted upon them after […]

What Are Some Defenses To Field Sobriety Tests?

640px-Field_sobriety_test_(3834505031)When you are pulled over by a police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, they will be required to administer you field sobriety tests. There are three field sobriety tests that can be given; the horizontal nystagmus test, […]

Will They Suspend My Driver’s License for Drug Conviction in New Jersey?

cannabisOftentimes, clients are concerned about some of the consequences of pleading guilty to or being found guilty of possession of drugs in the State of New Jersey. Whether your offense took place in a house, in a car, or on the […]

When Does a Hardship License Apply and How Do They Work?

4637601664_4c5e89a0aa_oMost times when a client comes into my office to discuss driving under the influence, their biggest concern is their driver’s license. They are concerned about their ability to drive either here in the State of New Jersey or elsewhere. […]

What is Important to Know About Possession of Gun Charges?

IOF-32-REV-1In New Jersey, there are two different types of possession of a firearm. There is the simple possession of that firearm without a permit and there’s possession of that firearm to do something unlawful or for an unlawful purpose. For […]

What is the Significance of Driving Without Insurance?

driving-22959_640One of the more significant traffic ticket calls that I do receive is driving without insurance. In New Jersey, driving without insurance is a very significant moving violation. A driving without insurance ticket carries a one year mandatory loss of […]

What is the Difference Between a Temporary and Final Restraining Order?

Law3A temporary restraining order (TRO) is as it sounds, meaning that temporarily the person who is the defendant is restrained from contacting the alleged victim of domestic violence. In general terms, a temporary restraining order is in existence until it is […]

What is the Court Procedure for DWI?

imagesOftentimes when I receive a phone call from an individual who has been arrested for drunk driving, they don’t know what the next step is in that procedure. Although each town operates slightly differently, there are some similarities. In approximately […]

What is PTI?

Circuit_Court_BenchIf you or a loved one are charged with a felony that goes to county court, but you have never been convicted of a criminal offense in New Jersey or anywhere else before, you may be eligible for PTI or Pre-Trial […]

What is Megan’s Law?

hammer-620011_640Here in New Jersey, Megan’s Law requires criminal defendants who have plead guilty or been found guilty of certain offenses involving acts of sexual conduct to be placed on a list of offenders. Depending upon the nature […]

What to Know About Leaving the Scene of an Accident

accidentHere in New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident is one of the most significant traffic violations we have. In recent years, the legislature in New Jersey has made leaving the scene of an accident […]

What Are Important Things to Know About a Sex Crime That Involves Texting or Posting Naked Pictures?

The posting of a picture to social media that is inappropriate is a crime in the State of New Jersey. If you find yourself or your child charged with a crime of this nature, you should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. These are criminal charges, criminal in […]

Is it Possible For a Juvenile To Be Charged as An Adult?

Oftentimes when I’m contacted by a juvenile or their family, one of the questions that they are concerned with is, “Where is my case going to be heard?” In most instances, juvenile cases again are heard in family court and you are dealing with juvenile adjudications rather than

How Does the Expungement Process Work?

hammer-719066_640Oftentimes, I’m contacted by a client whose criminal case has been completed. Whether that case resulted in a conviction or a dismissal of the criminal charges or a misdemeanor or municipal ordinance or completion of PTI, the question I’m often asked is, […]

Do the Police Have a Right to Search My Car or House Without a Warrant?

4637601664_4c5e89a0aa_oOne of the most important questions I discuss with my clients who come in for a criminal case is related to search and seizure of their house, car, or person.  That question is, “Did the police have a warrant?” If they had […]

What is Important To Know About Drug Distribution in New Jersey?

cannabisOftentimes when I receive a phone call from a client about the distribution of drugs, that person isn’t fully aware of the facts and circumstances surrounding their case. They’re able to tell me whether it’s cocaine or heroin or […]