Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in NJ

March 29, 2021

The sixth amendment of the United States Constitution states among other things that a person accused of a crime has the right to an attorney to represent them. From the time of one’s arrest, a person suspected of a crime has the “right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer, the right to an impartial jury, and the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence.” Protect Yourself From Potential […]

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New Jersey Prisoners to be released to help slow the spread of Covid-19

March 17, 2021

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, some people who are currently in the state’s jails while awaiting trial will be released. The ruling, which came in early February 2021, is another reflecting New Jersey’s progressive stance on judicial reform. While the move by the NJ Supreme Court was actually a rejection of a proposal to release hundreds of people currently residing in the state’s jails while awaiting trial, the high court […]

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Jury Selection by Zoom Proves To Be Controversial in NJ Criminal Courts

November 10, 2020

After being closed since March due to the pandemic, New Jersey criminal courts resumed recently when two courts in Atlantic and Bergen counties launched two criminal trials. They used the cases as small-scale trial runs for the start of hybrid jury trials. The term “hybrid” refers to an altered approach, including using technology, to conduct both jury selection and trials themselves to safeguard the health of jurors and court participants in a pandemic. The judiciary had unveiled a plan in July […]

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New Jersey’s Attorney General Makes New Rule for When Jailhouse Informants Can Be Used

October 16, 2020

This new ruling in New Jersey comes as many states are attempting to ensure the testimony process’s credibility that includes jailhouse informants, in some cases banning the practice completely. New rules out from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General have specified that trial prosecutors may only use jailhouse informants to receive permission from the prosecutorial supervisors. Jailhouse informants are inmates who agree to testify against a fellow inmate after hearing them commit the crime they are being detained. […]

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New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee Approves Bill to Release Prisoners Early Due to Coronavirus

August 21, 2020

According to the bill, inmates considered for early release would be those already set to be released within the year and would not include repeat sex offenders. In late July, a bipartisan New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee unanimously voted to approve thousands of inmates’ release early. This early release is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken a particular toll on the New Jersey prison system. The bill awaits approval by the full Senate. According to the bill, inmates […]

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