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
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?
A criminal conviction on your permanent record can have a significant impact on your life. For example, if you apply for a job and your potential employer requires that you provide a background check, even a conviction for a minor offense could keep you from getting a job. Similarly, a landlord may be hesitant to … Continue reading Expungement in New Jersey
The criminal justice system of New Jersey ensures the protection of defendant’s rights after they are accused of a crime. In the State of New Jersey, criminal offenses are not classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. Instead, under New Jersey criminal procedure, criminal offenses are classified as either the following: “indictable offenses,” “disorderly persons offenses,” … Continue reading What’s the difference between Indictable and Non-Indictable offenses?
A criminal conviction can lead to legal penalties that no one wants to face. Fortunately, if you have been accused of a crime, there are many ways that an attorney can help. The specific strategy that your lawyer will employ depends on a variety of factors, including the strength of the state’s case against you … Continue reading Criminal Defense Strategies
One common defense in a drug-related case is that the prosecutor cannot prove the supposed drugs involved were actually a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) under New Jersey law. Many people may not believe it is difficult to identify drugs, however, samples of the substance must be tested by forensic lab technicians and the results must … Continue reading False Drug Test Results in NJ
When you hear the term “restraining order,” chances are you will think of a situation involving stalking, assault, or another form of domestic violence. While restraining orders are common in such situations, New Jersey courts can also issue restraining orders stemming from drug charges or convictions. Most individuals facing a Drug Offender Restraining Order (DORO) … Continue reading Drug Offender Restraining Order
If you have been charged with a drug offense or any other type of crime, you may wonder whether you should try to handle your case on your own or hire a criminal defense lawyer. The following are only five of many reasons why hiring an attorney is a wise idea: A criminal defense attorney … Continue reading 5 Reasons it May Be Time to Hire a Defense Attorney
Some of the most underestimated laws in New Jersey are those that deal with the consumption of alcohol by minors. Because it is frequently broken, it is sometimes not thought to be as serious as other types of crimes, but there are steep fines and penalties that can be associated with those who provide alcohol … Continue reading NJ Law on Underage Drinking