Category: Tips If You Are Accused of a Crime

13September

New Conditional Dismissal Program Available in New Jersey Municipal Courts

Under current New Jersey law, people charged with certain minor drug crimes (possession of small amounts of marijuana/hashish, loitering to commit a CDS offense, etc.) could avoid criminal penalties and a conviction by entering a conditional discharge program at the Municipal Court where they were charged. Under a new law, S-2588, which was signed into
  • conditional discharge, criminal law
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05August

Can the landlord or roommate let police in to search my apartment?

Related: Criminal Law, Can police detain me if they have a search warrant, Drug Crimes, Understanding the Fee for a NJ Criminal Defense Attorney.   Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. As a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, I am sometimes asked if the landlord or a roommate can let police in to an apartment
  • criminal law, drug crimes, gun crimes, warrant
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16July

Treyvon Martin, Stand Your Ground, and Self Defense in New Jersey

With the recent verdict in the Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, many people have asked us questions about “stand your ground” and self defense, and how the case may have been different using New Jersey law in a case with a gun crime/homicide and claimed self defense. This article is NOT about the verdict
  • criminal law, firearms, gun crimes, homicide
  • Posted by admin  Posted on 16 Jul  0 Comments
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05July

Plea bargaining DUI cases in New Jersey – will they drop the charges?

Drunk drivers may face serious penalties for DUI/DWI and related tickets, or even criminal charges in Superior Court. Often, clients ask us whether we can “get the charges dropped” or whether the prosecutor will plea bargain a DUI ticket in New Jersey. Below we discuss some general answers to those questions. Related: Drunk driving car
  • drunk driving, dui, dwi, ticket
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20May

Passenger arrested for possession of gun/drugs in car, a Mike Goodson case study

In recent news, Michael Goodson, a running back signed to the New York Jets in the off-season before the start of the 2013 football season, was arrested in New Jersey for possession of marijuana and an illegal handgun. He was a passenger in a car and only a small amount of the marijuana was found
  • criminal law, marijuana, possession, warrant
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28December

Driving While Suspended for Prior DWI Considered Felony

Related: DUI/DWI, Traffic Tickets.   As attorneys who represent drivers accused of drunk driving in New Jersey, we are often asked what will happen if caught driving while suspended for DWI. The consequences are severe, and include a host of penalties that include additional suspension, heavy fines, and possible jail time. Effective August 1, 2012,
  • criminal law, dui, dwi, traffic
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12July

Understanding the Fee for a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are in the unfortunate situation where you need to hire a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, it is important that you understand the legal fee arrangement. In a New Jersey criminal case, a lawyer is allowed to charge a reasonable hourly rate, or a reasonable flat fee, or a combination of the two
  • criminal law
  • Posted by admin  Posted on 12 Jul  0 Comments
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09May

How long do I have to wait to expunge a criminal conviction?

As a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, many of my clients want to know how long they have to wait before they can file for an expungement. The New Jersey expungement law states in detail who is eligible for an expungement. You or your lawyer should review the current applicable provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 through
  • criminal law, expungement
  • Posted by admin  Posted on 09 May  0 Comments
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20April

No Miranda warnings required when asking location of a gun

As a New Jersey criminal lawyer, clients often complain that the police did not read them their Miranda rights before arresting them. Failing to read a person his/her rights may lead to the judge eventually throwing out critical evidence (perhaps even the whole case), but the Appellate Division recently held in State v. Melendaz, 423
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19April

Admission to PTI bars a civil rights claim against police

Under the civil rights laws, specifically 28 U.S.C. 1983, a person can bring a civil suit against police and the municipality for violating a person’s civil rights and causing injuries. For example, if police use excessive force when making an arrest and injure a person, that person may have a case against the police for
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