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  • Fines and Penalties for Shoplifting in NJ

    June 21, 2021

    The penalty for shoplifting in New Jersey is based on the value of the stolen item. If the stolen item is worth less than $200 it would be considered a disorderly persons offense. For this charge, the maximum fine an individual may face is $1,000, in addition to up to six months in jail. An […]

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  • What is the O’Scanlon and Bucco Bill?

    April 10, 2021

    New Jersey recently made the news when they introduced the new marijuana legalization laws and bill. While the goal of the bill is to reduce racial disparity among marijuana users and legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, it had a few controversial points. The Controversial Parts of the Bill The specific part of the bill […]

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  • What Are the Most Common Criminal Defense Arguments?

    February 10, 2021

    Criminal Defense Arguments “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!” This iconic phrase was uttered by Johnnie Cochran, the criminal defense lawyer for OJ Simpson, during the most well-known murder trial in history. Cochran strongly alleged that Simpson’s hands didn’t fit inside the gloves used during the murder, which obviously showed that his client didn’t […]

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  • What Are the Penalties for Sexual Assault?

    January 15, 2021

    Sexual assault crimes are taken very seriously in the state of New Jersey. In today’s blog, we take a look at what sexual assault consists of, the penalties associated with this particular type of crime and how an experienced criminal defense attorney can defend the charges against you.  What is Sexual Assault? Sexual assault refers […]

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  • What Happens if You’re Arrested During the Thanksgiving Holiday

    November 20, 2020

    The number of arrests in New Jersey tends to increase around the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. This is due to the increase in celebrations, and certain bar nights, which often involve drinking. Read more: Defending Juvenile Criminal Mischief Charges Common Reasons for Arrests During Thanksgiving These are a few of the most common reasons for arrests […]

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  • NJ Voted to Legalize Marijuana – Can I Still Be Arrested for Using it?

    November 06, 2020

    While much of the country focuses on other aspects of the election, the biggest news in New Jersey is the recent legalization of marijuana. New Jersey residents voted to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. In fact, over two-thirds of residents voted in favor of the legalization. What does this mean for you now? Well, […]

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  • Criminal Trespass in New Jersey

    July 10, 2020

    Trespassing might initially seem like a harmless crime. However, in the state of New Jersey, it can lead to significant legal charges. If you are dealing with criminal trespassing charges, it is important that you understand the possible consequences, which could mean expensive fines and jail time. What is Criminal Trespass? Criminal trespass is a […]

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  • How Long Do You Go to Jail for Retail Theft?

    June 06, 2020

    The crime of theft occurs when a person deprives the owner of property of the owner’s rights in the property. Theft, or larceny, is similar to the crime of robbery, although robbery involves the use of force. New Jersey uses the term theft to mean criminal offenses involving the unauthorized taking of property or property […]

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  • Flattening the Coronavirus Curve by Reducing NJ’s Jail Population

    April 01, 2020

    How has the global coronavirus pandemic impacted your life? The majority of us have experienced a drastic reduction in our freedoms. Suddenly, we’re not allowed to move around freely in our own towns, attend school, or even go to work. For others, though, the coronavirus pandemic means an opportunity to leave jail and return to […]

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  • What is the Punishment for Criminal Mischief in New Jersey?

    February 10, 2020

    Criminal mischief covers crimes of property destruction in New Jersey. When someone is charged with defacing or destroying property, they might face legal fines, criminal charges, jail time, and a permanent record. It is important to understand what criminal mischief charges include and the potential consequences for each type of criminal charge. Types of Criminal […]

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