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.
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.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Turns Three despite Problems
Newark, NJ- On August 24th one of President Obama’s key policies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, turned three. The program, despite some challenges, has been popular and has so far helped over a million young undocumented immigrants obtain work permits and avoid deportation.
New Jersey Supreme Court Gives Additional Protection to Immigrant Children
Newark, NJ- An August 26th ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court clarified the role judges in Family Part play in cases involving undocumented immigrant children who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect in their native countries. By clarifying Family Part judges’ roles, the ruling gives vulnerable immigration children the necessary protections and better chances of obtaining special immigration juvenile status.
Appeals Court Case Strengthens Equal Protection in Immigration Laws
Newark, NJ- One of the primary means for an immigrant to obtain permanent resident status and eventual citizenship is through their parents. The pathway to legal residency or citizenship through a parental relationship can be straightforward, but in many instances the rules governing derivative citizenship can be unclear or confusing as a recent case before the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Second Circuit shows.