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The alcotest and DWI

In New Jersey, an arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, or Driving Under the Influence, which are the same, meaning drunk driving, will subject the individual to an alcotest. The alcotest is a machine that can determine the users blood alcohol … Continue reading

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Marijuana usage and driving – DWI?

Interesting New York Times article as States consider legalizing marijuana. How much marijuana in the blood, and therefore in the brain, constitutes impairment to safely operate a vehicle? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/14/us/marijuana-driving-laws.html?_r=0

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United States Supreme Court refuses to hear marijuana related lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado.

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of … Continue reading

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Family Court, temporary and permanent restraints, assault and trial.

A few months ago, I was hired by a woman who had suffered physical abuse, assault, from her husband. The Police had come to their home and arrested her husband, but she was getting a lot of pressure from certain … Continue reading

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“The Teen Brain: It’s Just Not Grown Up Yet”

An interesting article on the development of the teenage brain – hopefully helpful to the confused! “Well, actually, that’s the developmental stage they’re at. They aren’t yet at that place where they’re thinking about — or capable, necessarily, of thinking … Continue reading

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Juvenile law – a different process than prosecution of adults…

Kids make mistakes. However, when those mistakes involve the law, it can lead to lasting consequences. Adolescents often commit crimes that don’t reflect their true character because they fail to consider the repercussions of their actions. When a child is … Continue reading

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Is One Man’s Trash A Police Officer’s Evidence?

Can the police legally search through garbage? The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens against unreasonable search and seizures. Police officers must have probable cause or a warrant to conduct a search. While you may consider someone rifling through your garbage … Continue reading

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Pre Trial Intervention (“PTI”) is an excellent alternative to continued prosecution of Criminal Cases.

In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 defines the purpose of and the criteria necessary for admittance into a PTI program. All States have similar programs. Rather than continue criminal proceedings, the policy behind PTI is to provide applicants on an equal … Continue reading

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New Jersey Supreme Court holds police entry into defendant’s home without search warrant was justified under the emergency-aid doctrine.

On July 20, 2015, in the case State v. Evan Reece, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed a criminal law question, whether police officers’ warrantless entry into defendant’s home was justified under the emergency-aid doctrine. The police were notified that … Continue reading

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Don’t drink and drive.

This article published in AAA magazine discusses the National Transportation Safety Board’s call to reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 for all drivers. It’s an issue of law, but the evidence also strongly suggests driving … Continue reading

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