Harsh Realities and Serious Criminal Penalties for Joyriding in New Jersey

October 25, 2021

Joyriding, though it may sound like an innocent act, carries serious legal consequences for those charged in NJ. Despite sounding adventurous, joyriding is a serious crime that is classified as an indictable offense (felony) in New Jersey. As a form of automotive theft that does not inflict injury to others and is not intended to permanently deprive the owner of their automobile, depending on the circumstances, it may be considered a third or fourth degree felony crime. A significant difference […]

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Bad Checks in New Jersey: Not as Harmless As You Think

July 16, 2021

The state of New Jersey takes the act of writing bad checks very seriously. Everyone has probably written a check and was surprised that it bounced due to insufficient funds.  The bank charges you between $25 and $50 for the mistake, and you contact the person to whom the check was written to pay the amount owed right away. Delayed bank transactions, direct deposit mix-ups, and human error on the checking account holder are frequent reasons for writing bad checks. […]

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Diversionary Programs: Am I Eligible for a Conditional Dismissal in NJ?

July 6, 2021

Many first-time offenders who have never had contact with law enforcement and don’t really understand the legal system often have an overwhelming fear of being arrested for the first time. This unsettling uncertainty is because they don’t know what to expect. Still, they fear the negative consequences of having the arrest and possible criminal conviction on their record forever and the impact on their job, reputation, family, and community. We all make mistakes or have moments where we exercise poor […]

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Arraignments, Understanding Their Role In Criminal Cases

June 12, 2021

An arraignment occurs when the government declares the offenses or crimes you are accused of. An arraignment is a rather straightforward process. The judge first reads out your criminal charges and then asks whether you plead guilty or not guilty. Either way, the defense attorney will typically enter a not guilty plea for you. Arraignments for misdemeanor charges take place on the first court appearance. On the other hand, arraignments for actual felonies (in New Jersey) occur after the indictment. […]

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Can I Get Felony, Indictments & Other Criminal Records Expunged in NJ?

April 30, 2021

Expungement and Other Criminal-Related Issues in Passaic County and Northern NJ traffic ticket attorney. Depending on your situation, there may be options available to help you reduce the impact of your New Jersey criminal past and clean your public record of a felony offense or expunge minor offenses such as marijuana possession, shoplifting, underage drug offense, resisting arrest, or being disorderly. Last year, the New Jersey legislature’s “Clean Slate” petition process has made second chances simpler to obtain. If you or someone you know […]

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