Category: Tips If You Are Pulled Over

21March

Do I have to answer a police officer’s questions?

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. On a pretty regular basis, clients come into my office for a criminal matter and I find out later that they likely would never have been criminally charged if they simply declined to talk to the police. And it happens more often than one would think. This is because
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08July

What is the most important question to ask police if they approach you?

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. As I write this post, it is impossible to turn on the TV or browse social media and ignore the severe tension between police and members of the public. This article is not about the recent incidents with police shooting suspects or the tragic events in Dallas. Rather, it
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01July

How do I get a copy of police dashcam video?

In many criminal cases, the police and the defendant have very different versions of the events that led up to an arrest. Routinely, a client comes into our office and explains what happened and then some time later – maybe months later – police reports are authored and the police describe something very different. Also,
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12May

What is a DRE and how will it affect my DWI case?

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, a person is guilty of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if they operate a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotics, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drugs. It is also a disorderly persons offense to by in public while under the influence of a controlled dangerous
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12October

Police no longer need a warrant to search a car in New Jersey

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. Very recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court drastically changed the rules regarding police searches of vehicles. The bottom line is that police in New Jersey now do not need a warrant to search a car when police have probable cause to believe that it contains contraband or evidence of
  • drug crimes, police, warrant
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17February

If you drive while suspended for DWI, you will go to jail

As we have previously discussed, drunk driving convictions (whether by plea or trial conviction) are very serious in New Jersey and carry with them several mandatory penalties. The prosecutors take these cases seriously and they will not agree to drop the charges or plead them down to a lesser offense. One of the mandatory penalties
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07November

How to beat/fail a field sobriety test

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. A significant portion of my practice involves defending those accused of driving while intoxicated. As such, I am very familiar with what New Jersey law enforcement typically does when they suspect that a person may be guilty of DUI/DWI. I am not writing this article to encourage people to
  • criminal law, drunk driving, dui, dwi, municipal court
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19August

Is it legal to film the police?

Photo courtesy of Gerry Lauzon Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. Related: Criminal Law, Can police detain me if they have a search warrant?, What to do if you are pulled over.   Throughout the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, many people have asked whether it is legal to film the police. Indeed, several people were
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06August

New Law Eases Penalties for Driving Without Insurance

Driving without insurance in New Jersey is a very serious matter, and for many years the New Jersey courts and politicians have taken steps to combat the rising problem of uninsured drivers. As the cost of insurance rose in New Jersey during the 80’s and 90’s, more and more people were driving without insurance. And
  • insurance, municipal court, ticket, traffic
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08May

Traffic Tickets: Missing court; pleading by mail; expunging traffic tickets

Article by Daniel A. Levy, Esq. Clients who have received traffic tickets often ask me many of the same questions about how the New Jersey court system generally handles tickets. Therefore, I wanted to publish some common questions and general answers to questions about New Jersey traffic tickets. In this first installment, I address three
  • expungement, municipal court, ticket, traffic, warrant
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