Here at the Law Office of Eric M. Mark, we frequently get asked the question, “Can I get a DWI on my bicycle in New Jersey?” The short answer is: “No, you can’t get a DWI on your bicycle in New Jersey.” Here’s the long answer:
A Criminal Defense Attorney Gives Spring Break Safety Tips
Ah! It’s finally spring break! Time to put the pressures of the semester behind you and have some fun with your friends!
Supreme Court Rules Detained Immigrants Not Entitled to Bond Hearing
On February 27, 2018, the Supreme Court decided the case of Jennings vs. Rodriguez, which was a class action procedural challenge against varied immigration law provisions that allow for detention of illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Don’t Test Your Luck: Tips for Staying Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day throughout History
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick, a Catholic priest who died more than a thousand years ago. In the 17th century, Ireland recognized St. Patrick as a patron saint of Ireland and March 17th was observed as a religious holiday and feast day. But this was definitely no boozy feast; to the contrary, St. Patrick’s Day was actually a dry holiday in Ireland. Up until the 1970s, Irish law prohibited pubs from opening on March 17th as a mark of respect for this religious day. Irish officials thought keeping the pubs open on this day would be too tempting for those observing lent and drunkenness would undermine the solemnity of the religious holiday. So how did this holiday shapeshift from a day of religious reverence to a day a ruckus and drunken revelers? Some historians believe that this evolution of St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps an Irish-American construct, since the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City on March 17, 1762 when Irish soldiers serving with the British army marched through the city to a local tavern.
USICS Makes Major Changes to Scheduling Asylum Interviews, Giving Priority to the Most Recently Filed Applications
On January 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS) announced its plan to schedule asylum interviews for the most recent affirmative asylum applications ahead of older asylum applications.
New Jersey School Bus Driver Charged with Commercial DWI
On December 20, 2017, a school bus driver named Angel Colon was driving a school bus transporting approximately 20 kids to a private school. A Lakewood, NJ police officer responded to a road rage report incident involving the school bus and another car. According to the police, as the officer spoke to the school bus driver, he smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The school bus driver was charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of children.