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
Have a Criminal Record and Want to Get Rid of It? Do You Qualify for an Expungement?
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. Having a drug charge, DUI, or other criminal charge on your record can impact your ability to get hired for certain jobs, access certain social support programs, and can haunt you for years to come. As more prosecutors and communities understand the long-term impact that a criminal record can have on individuals, their families, and on the community at large, some prosecutors are making it easier for those with minor crimes to seek expungements. [Read more…] about Have a Criminal Record and Want to Get Rid of It? Do You Qualify for an Expungement?
Can You Get Arrested for a DUI if You’re Sleeping in Your Car?
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. Most people don’t realize that they can be arrested for a DUI even when they are not driving their vehicle. Imagine this scenario: you’ve had one too many drinks and know it. You don’t have a ride home, so rather than drinking and driving, you sit in your car listening to the radio, waiting to sober up. If a police officer passes by and suspects that you have been drinking and that you might be getting ready to drive, you could potentially get arrested for a DUI. [Read more…] about Can You Get Arrested for a DUI if You’re Sleeping in Your Car?