JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. Imagine losing your $42,000 car for selling what amounted to $400 dollars in drugs. Or, imagine failing to pay an $8 property tax bill and losing your whole home. Some states have been taking extreme steps in fining individuals who have been convicted of crimes. It is common practice for states and the federal government to seize assets that have been used in a crime. However, when it comes to seizing assets, how much should the government be permitted to take? Is asset seizure currently proportionate to the crimes committed? [Read more…] about Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Government Seizure Laws
Five Steps to Fighting a Drug Possession Charge
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. If you’ve been charged with drug possession, you might be facing range of uncertainties. You might have many fears about the future. Whether you were caught with small amounts of a controlled substance or were found to be in possession of larger amounts, a drug possession charge can have a serious impact on your life. You could face jail time, probation, and end up with a criminal record. Fortunately, under the law, you are innocent until proven guilty. Every case is unique, and what follows is not intended to be legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice that drug possession attorneys, like the Law Office of Eric M. Mark in Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey can provide. Here are things to consider when fighting a drug possession charge: [Read more…] about Five Steps to Fighting a Drug Possession Charge
Fentanyl and Drug Crimes
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, earlier this year two men were sent to prison after authorities seized record amounts of fentanyl. Fentanyl is incredibly lethal and is responsible for many overdoses. One of the ways the state of New Jersey has approached the opioid crisis is to prosecute major drug traffickers, prosecute doctors who overprescribe opioids, and fight drug manufacturers who profit from abuse and overuse of these drugs. In 2016 alone, 800 people died due to fentanyl overdoses. Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine to increase its potency. However, when dealers make dosage errors, users can suffer overdoses. [Read more…] about Fentanyl and Drug Crimes
Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Not a Valid Defense for a DUI
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK. We all know that if we’ve had too much to drink that we shouldn’t get behind the wheel. Drunk driving is not only dangerous to the driver choosing to get behind the wheel, but it also poses a risk to other drivers on the road. In the best case scenario, drivers run the risk of facing serious DUI charges that can lead to steep fines, loss of driving privileges, marks on their driving record, and increased insurance fees. [Read more…] about Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Not a Valid Defense for a DUI
Does Probable Cause Now Extend to Ticket Violations?
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. According to the Marshall Project, the Supreme Court recently refused to hear an appeal on a case in which a parking violation led to a police search of a vehicle, which led to the discovery of incriminating evidence and arrest. A man inside a vehicle that has been improperly parked was arrested when officers descended upon the improperly parked vehicle and discovered an illegally owned firearm inside the car. [Read more…] about Does Probable Cause Now Extend to Ticket Violations?
Recent Update to New Jersey’s Expungement Law
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. Last week, we discussed some of the challenges that individuals with criminal records face. Laws regarding expungement of criminal records vary across the country. New Jersey recently updated its expungement laws which can have major implications for individuals looking to get a fresh start. Expungement of a criminal record can be beneficial for individuals because a criminal record can have an impact on all aspects of your life—from accessing certain types of federal aid to securing certain types of jobs. [Read more…] about Recent Update to New Jersey’s Expungement Law