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New Jersey Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

July 30, 2020

Like with civil lawsuits, police officers and criminal prosecutors have a time limit in which to file charges for most types of criminal offenses. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. Under New Jersey law, criminal charges are filed and a prosecution is commenced for limitations purposes once an indictment is found by a grand jury or when…

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Parsippany Men Sentenced for Roles in Roommate’s Killing, Face Deportation

July 14, 2020

Two Parsippany residents were sentenced in early July 2020 to incarceration for their respective roles in a drunken fight that left their fellow housemate dead. Men Arrested for Killing Roommate Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez, age 26, pled guilty to manslaughter and hindering apprehension for the homicide of Jaime Lopez-Basilio, a 27 year old Mexican immigrant, during an argument between the two at…

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Self-Defense Is a Right In New Jersey

July 13, 2020

In New Jersey, under some conditions, the law allows a person to use force upon another. The relevant law is NJSA 2C:3-4. That law exonerates a criminal defendant charged with using force (including deadly force)  to commit assault and domestic violence, and in some extreme circumstances, murder. New Jersey law allows self-defense most commonly when someone responds to a threat…

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Statute of Limitations for Traffic Offenses in New Jersey

June 20, 2020

A traffic violation is not something you should take lightly. After all, a traffic violation can severely impact your driving record, insurance rates and result in costly fines, surcharges and even jail time. In most cases, a motor vehicle summons must be issued within 30 days of the violation. This is outlined in Statute N.J.S.A. 39:5-3. However, there are exceptions…

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What is the Difference Between Careless and Reckless Driving in NJ?

June 12, 2020

Experienced Municipal Court Defense Attorney As a municipal court prosecutor and defense attorney, I have taken countless traffic tickets to trial. Many of these were careless driving and reckless driving tickets. A common question people ask is what is the difference between these two offenses? The differences are subtle, but can have an enormous impact on your driving record. Careless…

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Consequences of Criminal Convictions for Immigrants

June 11, 2020

A criminal conviction can upend a person’s life in a matter of seconds. While anyone who is charged with a crime could be facing a lengthy jail sentence and monetary fines, the consequences are even steeper for undocumented immigrants or those who have overstayed their Visa. Both the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and Immigration and…

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How Do You Get Into PTI in NJ?

May 6, 2020

I have guided many clients through the PTI application process as a New Jersey defense attorney. PTI can be a great opportunity for individuals charged with criminal offenses to avoid conviction. In some cases it can be relatively straightforward to get into PTI. However, in many other situations with particular charges or circumstances there can be many obstacles to PTI admission.…

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Can Police Search Your Car Without Your Consent in NJ?

May 4, 2020

The question of can police search your car without your consent in NJ is a common one I receive. After all, most drug and gun possession charges occur following a motor vehicle stop and car search by the police. I have litigated this issue countless times both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. If you are facing drug possession or gun charges after your car…

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Everything You Need to Know About Sexual Assault Charges in NJ

May 1, 2020

If you’ve been arrested for sexual assault in New Jersey, then you likely have a lot of questions. From understanding the criminal process to questioning what type of penalties you could face, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Learn everything you need to know about sexual assault charges in New Jersey below. What You Need to Know About Sexual Assault Charges…

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What to Expect: Drug Possession Charges in NJ

May 1, 2020

Medical marijuana has taken the world by storm. It’s become so ubiquitous in some New Jersey citizen’s lives that dispensaries are currently being considered “critical” businesses that must remain open throughout the Covid-19 global crisis. Despite this distinction, it may come as a shock that it’s still illegal in our state to get caught possessing marijuana and other drugs. Don’t…

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