Criminal Defense Law Video Library

Will they suspend my Driver’s License for drug conviction in New jersey?

  • No matter where the drug offense took place, whether it was in a house, car or on the street, one of the consequences of pleading guilty or being found guilty of a drug offense in NJ is license suspension for 6 months-2 years.
  • Fortunately, […]

What are the possible consequences of being charged with a drug distribution offense?

  • Often clients are not only charged with possession of a drug but possession with intent to distribute.
  • Regardless of the drug, possession with intent to distribute is a felony in New Jersey, where the individual faces a potential state prison term.
  • The court sometimes […]

What are my Miranda rights?

  • Most people hear Miranda rights from television and movies or read the law where the Miranda rights are, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right […]

Do the police have a right to search my car or house without a warrant?

  • A common question I ask related to search and seizure is, “Did the police have a warrant?”
  • If they did have a warrant- what they did following the warrant is justified, although not necessarily; you should still discuss your case with an attorney.
  • Sometimes […]

What is drug court?

 

  • Drug court, is an alternate sentence to a criminal defendant facing state prison.
  • Certain factors can make an individual not eligible for drug court, like a conviction for a violent crime in the past.
  • Drug court affords individuals who believe they need treatment, another […]

Can I Be Arrested if the Police Find an Unregistered Gun in My Home?

 

  • Clients often as, “Can I be arrested if the police search my home for some other reason and find a gun that I haven’t registered in my home?”
  • This depends upon the circumstances of your background.
  • If you haven’t been convicted of a crime […]

What is PTI?

  • If 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, you may be eligible for PTI or Pre-Trial Intervention.
  • PTI is an alternate sentencing program.
  • […]

What happens if I am a juvenile and charged with a crime?

  • Juvenile cases are cases that involve people or kids who are charged with a crime under the age of 18.
  • Their age at the time of court appearance does not matter; it has to do with when they are charged with that crime […]

What is the waiting time prior to be eligible for an expungement in New Jersey?

  • There are different waiting periods before you are eligible for an expungement in the State of New Jersey, depending on your case.
  • Regardless of the charge, if your case resulted in a dismissal, you’re immediately eligible for expungement.
  • If you plead guilty to what […]

How does a bail review or source inquiry work in New Jersey?

  • Family members of incarcerated individuals often contact me when they can’t make bail for their loved one being held in a county jail after being arrested in NJ.
  • Each of these individuals is eligible for a bail review by a superior court judge-we must […]

What are the penalties for shoplifting in New Jersey?

  • In NJ, shoplifting is a misdemeanor (disorderly person’s offense) that would be heard in the town where the offense took place.
  • Whether the shoplifting involves a dollar bottle of shampoo or much larger amount of goods, the penalties are the same.
  • First offense for […]

What are the Federal sentencing guidelines and how do they work?

  • In federal court there are federal sentencing guidelines and the same guidelines apply regardless of what the federal criminal defendant is charged with.
  • The way they work is dependant on the nature of the charge and your criminal history.
  • Every case in federal court […]

Is it possible for a juvenile to be charged as an adult?

 

  • Family members and defendants often call asking “Where is my case going to be heard?”
  • Most juvenile cases are heard in family court and you are dealing with juvenile adjudications rather than criminal offense; however, there is a certain set of crimes and […]

What is a Murder charge?

  • Despite being charged with murder, there are a number of loopholes that may apply to your particular case that can result in a charge downgrade or outright acquittal.
  • In New Jersey you are charged with murder if you purposely killed someone.
  • Purpose is a […]

What is Megan’s Law?

  • 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 and circumstances of a person’s given charge as well as their […]

Things to know about a sex crime for texting, posting naked pictures without consent of a minor ?

  • The posting of an inappropriate picture to social media, either a naked picture or picture of a juvenile or minor is a crime in New Jersey.
  • If you or your child are charged with a crime of this nature, immediately consult an experienced criminal […]

What is considered sex crime in New Jersey?

 

  • In New Jersey, there are a variety of crimes that fall under that category starting at the most significant with aggravated sexual assault, which is a first degree charge.
  • Aggravated sexual assault amounts to what is commonly referred to as rape.
  • A lesser charge, […]

What are the penalties for promoting Prostitution for soliciting escorts?

  • A potential consequence for promoting or soliciting prostitution or an escort can result in jail time in the state of New Jersey.
  • Not all cases result in jail time but it is a possibility.
  • Although this may be a situation most people do not […]

Can you plea bargain traffic tickets?

  • A traffic ticket can be a speeding ticket, careless driving ticket, reckless driving ticket, or any ticket that involves motor vehicle, (DMV, now known as MVC), resulting in points on your license.
  • These tickets can result in points on your license, a fine payable […]

How does the expungement process work?

  • In New Jersey, expungements are used to get any history of these convictions or arrests off of a criminal record; if a background check is ever conducted the searching agency does not find any history of arrest or conviction.
  • An experienced attorney will […]

What is the difference between a temporary and final restraining order?

  • A temporary restraining order (TRO) temporarily restrains the defendant from contacting the alleged victim of domestic violence.
  • A TRO remains in existence until it is vacated by the court or the alleged victim tells the court he or she no longer needs one.
  • A […]

What are white collar crimes?

  • White collar crimes can be anything from a bankruptcy fraud to tax fraud to embezzlement from a company to what’s called a Ponzi scheme such as the one that we all know Bernie Madoff was involved in.
  • These charges, although not blue collar crimes, […]

What is a Felony Murder Charge?

  • Felony murder is treated as a premeditated murder or first degree murder, meaning the charges can result the person facing life in prison.
  • This is often times an easier case for the state to prove.
  • From experience I have determined that there are a […]

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