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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New Jersey Police to Begin Using New Breathalyzer Test

September 25, 2018

A measure adopted by New Jersey has changed the current Alcotest breathalyzer machine used as the basis of many drunk driving arrests. The Draeger Industries Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C has been the standard breathalyzer test administered to persons suspected of drunk driving until now. The new measure, Rule 50 N.J.R. 1818(c), replaces this machine with the Alcotest 9510, also manufactured by Draeger industries. There is a strong possibility that this brings even greater controversy to the already controversial accuracy of these […]

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Psychiatric Fitness as a Legal Defense in Passaic County, NJ

June 11, 2018

New Jersey criminal charges are meant to hold responsible parties accountable for illegal actions. However, there are certain situations in which the perpetrators may not be held responsible for their actions due to mental health issues or other psychiatric reasons. In the eyes of the law, only defendants who are mentally competent may stand trial. Psychiatric fitness may be determined using a number of criteria including mental health issues, physical health issues which materially impact the defendant’s psychiatric function, and more. This […]

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Grading Criminal Charges in New Jersey
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Grading Criminal Charges in New Jersey

February 12, 2018

Most of us are familiar with the terms felonies, misdemeanors, and disorderly persons offenses, but actually understanding what each means and how they are treated is a different matter entirely. New Jersey criminal charges can be anywhere from first to fourth degree felony offenses, with lower grades of disorderly persons offenses not technically considered “criminal charges”. Today, our criminal defense attorneys will explain the different degrees of criminal and non-criminal charges in New Jersey and what impact that may have on our […]

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