On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a Memorandum of Guidance “Regarding Municipal Prosecutors’ Discretion in Prosecuting Marijuana and Other Criminal Offenses.” To read this complete Memorandum of Guidance (hereafter, “Memorandum”) online, click here. Attorney General Grewal issued this Memorandum more than a month after Jersey City, NJ officials tried to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. Responding to this attempt, Grewal first issued a letter to void the decriminalization followed by an order for a 30-day postponement for marijuana prosecutions throughout New Jersey. During this 30-day time period, the new guidelines for marijuana prosecution, which can be seen in the Memorandum, were created. The 30-day postponement order is set to expire on September 4, 2018. [Read more…] about New Jersey Attorney General Issues Memorandum of Guidance for Marijuana Prosecution
10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an Attorney
Hiring an attorney is one of the most important decisions you can make as the implications of your decision can be far-reaching. After all, the outcome of your legal matter can affect your freedom, rights, finances, reputation, and educational and employment opportunities. Whether you’ve been charged with a crime or need an attorney for a non-criminal legal matter, hiring the right attorney can be a whirlwind, confusing process, especially when you have a limited amount of time to find and hire an attorney. [Read more…] about 10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an Attorney
By the Numbers: Which Jersey Shore Town Arrests the Most People for DWI?
One of New Jersey’s most picturesque areas is the Jersey Shore, featuring 130 miles of coastline that spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The Jersey Shore’s beautiful beaches boast barrier islands and bays, complete with charming lighthouses, fishing villages, and scenic views. However, many people think of the Jersey Shore as seedy and debaucherous—a place overrun with clubbing, drinking, and partying. The MTV reality television show, “The Jersey Shore”, is a likely culprit for the negative connotations associated with the Jersey Shore. “The Jersey Shore” featured eight young adult housemates living in a shore house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. So, is Seaside Heights deserving of its bad rap as the party-central, boozy Jersey Shore town? It’s hard to say, but one interesting statistic to look at is the ranking of all 44 towns along the Jersey Shore from least to most Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) arrests made, according to the square mileage of the town. NJ.com published these rankings, using data obtained through the New Jersey Municipal Court statistics form July 2016 to June 2017. These statistics for each Jersey Shore town include DWI arrests made by both local and state police. [Read more…] about By the Numbers: Which Jersey Shore Town Arrests the Most People for DWI?
Look Out for These Additional Red Flags When Choosing a Lawyer (Part 2 of 2)
In the previously published Law Office of Eric M. Mark blog entitled “Look Out for these Red Flags when Choosing a Lawyer (Part 1 of 1)”, we discussed these three red flags that may indicate that you picked the wrong attorney and you should strongly consider alternate legal representation: [Read more…] about Look Out for These Additional Red Flags When Choosing a Lawyer (Part 2 of 2)
Look Out for these Red Flags when Choosing an Attorney (Part 1 of 2)
There is certainly no shortage of attorneys in this country. In fact, in 2018 there were approximately 1.34 million attorneys in the United States. In New Jersey in 2017, there were approximately 41,168 resident and active attorneys in the state—this means there are 45.7 resident and active attorneys per every 10,000 New Jersey residents. New Jersey ranks seventh out of all the states for its active-and-resident attorney concentration. [Read more…] about Look Out for these Red Flags when Choosing an Attorney (Part 1 of 2)
What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Open Container Law
New Jersey, like the majority of states, has an open container law. Under New Jersey’s open container law, NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-51b (2013), all occupants (whether the occupant is the driver or just a passenger) of a motor vehicle located on a public highway, or the right-of-way of a public highway, shall be prohibited from possessing any open or unsealed alcoholic beverage container. [Read more…] about What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Open Container Law