Hudson County, NJ- Enforcing the U.S. immigration laws can be a mammoth task, so Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) relies on help from local law enforcement agencies for help. In 2009, the Hudson County Department of Corrections entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with ICE to honor immigration detainers and identify non-citizens who are subject to removal from the United States. I believe it is important to explain what this partnership entails and how it could impact New Jersey’s and Hudson County’s large immigrant community.
Eric M Mark
DAPA on Course to be decided by U.S. Supreme Court in 2016
Newark, NJ- Over a year after President Obama announced one of his key immigration policies, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas’s request for delay, increasing the chances of the case being decided by next summer. If decided in the White House’s favor, DAPA would give a large group of qualifying immigrants the chance to apply for deportation relief sooner than anticipated.
Enhanced Penalties for DWI in New Jersey
Newark, NJ- Every year thousands of New Jersey motorists are charged with driving while intoxicated, a charge that can carry harsh penalties. Certain circumstances associated with a DWI arrest can result in enhanced penalties which may include mandatory jail time, higher fines and longer license suspension periods. In this blog, I will discuss some of the reasons you could face enhanced penalties for your New Jersey DWI and some of the potential consequences you face.
Bergen County Plans to Hit More Drivers with Traffic Summonses in Safety Initiative
Bergen County, NJ-Following the dramatic increase in pedestrian deaths in Bergen County and New Jersey as a whole, law enforcement agencies announced an initiative to curtail traffic accidents. On Tuesday, county officials gathered in Hackensack to put pedestrians and motorists on notice: Obey pedestrian traffic laws or you will get a ticket!
NJ Jersey Supreme Court Gives Police More Power to Conduct Warrantless Searches
Newark, NJ- During a traffic stop, the person who was stopped has a set of rights, one of which is the protection against “unreasonable” searches and seizures of their person or property. There are instances, however, when it is unclear whether police have “probable cause” to conduct a search of a person’s vehicle without a warrant. This issue arises often and has been litigated in the New Jersey Supreme Court on several occasions, with the most recent case that was decided on September 24, 2015.
New Jersey Appeals Court Rejects Man’s Medical Marijuana Defense
Newark, NJ- A recent decision from the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey is bad news for pot smokers in the state. In the case, State of New Jersey v. George A. Meyers, justices established that the smell of pot alone remains a viable reason for police to detain a person and conduct a search in spite of legislation decriminalizing marijuana for medical use.