Although it’s a very serious offense, a charge of DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) is classified as a misdemeanor in most states. However, circumstances can arise that will elevate the charge to the level of felony. Because of the increased seriousness of the charge, a conviction for felony DUI carries … Continue reading Felony DUI
Drug charges can come in a variety of surprising forms, and if you’re facing one, it’s probably not only confusing but also terrifying. Drug charges often carry stiff sentences that can include prison time. And many illicit drugs, including prescription drugs, are illegal at both the state and federal level. Marijuana laws are perhaps the … Continue reading Potential Drug Charges
Expungement can also be called expunction and it refers to the court-ordered process whereby a legal record associated with an arrest or a criminal conviction is, in essence, erased from the records. In actuality, the arrest or conviction is sealed or done away with in the eyes of the law. The availability of expungement and … Continue reading Expungement: Getting Down to the Basics
Commercial drivers, such as semi drivers, bus drivers, and other professional drivers, drive under the licensure of a commercial driver’s license (CDL). For obvious and important reasons, these commercial drivers must conform to much stricter impaired-driving standards than noncommercial drivers do. An impaired commercial driver, whether hauling 60 tons of cargo or a bus full … Continue reading Know the Regulations Regarding Commercial DUI
Disorderly conduct is also known as disturbing the peace or breach of the peace. In New Jersey there are laws in place that criminalize the undesirable activities that are grouped under the disorderly conduct charge. These actions all share the commonality that they will most likely disrupt, anger, or annoy other people. Some of the … Continue reading Disorderly Conduct: What is it?
Both federal and state laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances. These drugs can include marijuana (federally and in most states), methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, heroin, and so-called club drugs. Additionally, these laws make it a crime to possess specific accessories that are related to drug use and certain chemicals (known as … Continue reading What You Need to Know about Drug Possession
People make mistakes. Fortunately, New Jersey recognizes this fact, and allows certain individuals to expunge their criminal records under certain circumstances. Expungement can improve your life in many ways, as the existence of a criminal record can make it difficult to get a job, rent an apartment, and hurt your reputation within your community. If … Continue reading Steps to Expunge Your Record
In the State of New Jersey, crimes are either categorized as indictable offenses, disorderly persons offenses, or petty disorderly persons offenses. The commonly known terms of felony and misdemeanor are not used for classification purposes. However, indictable offenses are commonly compared to felonies while the remaining classifications are commonly compared to misdemeanors. Indictable crimes are … Continue reading Degrees of Crime in New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, there are laws that prohibit people from engaging in disruptive or undesirable conduct. The conduct that is criminalized by our disorderly conduct laws is varied, and law can be used by law enforcement or arrest people causing a variety of public disturbances. Disorderly conduct is serious criminal offense in … Continue reading What is Disorderly Conduct?
If you have been accused of a crime, you may be wondering whether you need to call an attorney. You may have heard that lawyers can be extremely expensive and also that prosecutors do not “go after” people for a first offense. In reality, an attorney is probably not nearly as expensive as you expect … Continue reading When do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?