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New Jersey Constitutional Protections for Criminal Defendants

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In New Jersey crimes and offenses are set forth N.J.S.A. 2C:1-4. When charged with a crime or an offense there are certain Constitutional protections afforded. 2C:1-4. Classes of offenses. a. An offense defined by this code or by any other statute of this State, for which a sentence of imprisonment in excess of 6… Read More »

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Can I avoid any criminal record from a bad check?

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I have a preliminary hearing about a bad check to my former landlord. The court paperwork shows it as being a felony. My landlord and I have come to an agreement about paying the money back. When he called the district court to try and stop proceedings, they told him they couldn’t and we… Read More »

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Can i beat a false identification to law enforcement charge?

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the state police showed up to my house looking for a previous tenant. they knew my first name was john but i lied to them about my last name. they were not looking for me but a guy named cory. i invited them into my house and tried to help them. i had warrant… Read More »

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Conspiracy drug charge

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I was in a house where they found drugs but I had no clue that there were drugs in the house. I was charged with conspiracy and drug possession. Answered by Kardos, Rickles & Hand In what county did this happen?

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Felon in fire service

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at the vol. fire company in with has an issue with a felon wanting to join. We know there is a law about it but don’t know what section it is to get the law in writing. would you be able to help us out Answered by Kardos, Rickles & Hand Please call me…. Read More »

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How do you recommend someone that is currently serving a Mandatory Minimum Sentence, but the state of PA currently changed the rules for to proceed?

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PA currently changed the Mandatory Minimum Sentence Law. I have a family member serving that sentence. He has already served 7 years, and has an additional 7 years. He is serving more time that people that have done worse crimes. What do you recommend since the law has changed in PA…. What should we… Read More »

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NJ Supreme Court Rules PTI Not an Option After Trial

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As reported by the the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey’s pretrial intervention (commonly known as PTI), designed to divert less serious criminal cases from prosecution, is not available after charges have been tried and guilty verdicts are returned, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. PTI is not now and never has been a… Read More »

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NJ Appeals Court Affirms Suppression of Contraband – Not Enough Evidence to Support Detaining Vehicle or K-9 Search

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As reported by NJ.com, a New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that heroin found after a motor vehicle stop in June 2011 cannot be used as evidence against a North Plainfield man because police improperly detained the vehicle and used a drug-sniffing dog. Appellate judges upheld a lower court’s ruling that there was… Read More »

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PCRA grounds change of information

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More details to this question:Imy fiance took a plea in PA for person not to posess firearm because of a felony conviction in MD. when researching I called MD and his case was never finalized 6 years ago. his case in MD is now before a judge there where there is a good possibility… Read More »

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NJ Public Defender & NJ ACLU Push For Deadlines for Criminal Trials

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As reported by Bill Wichert of the Star-Ledger, after spending nearly five years in jail, 48-year-old Newark resident Tariq Kyam, who has prior convictions, is about a month away from what was expected to be the first of his six robbery trials. There will be six trials, because he is charged in six separate… Read More »

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