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  • Criminal Penalties for Shoplifting Convictions

    April 12, 2018

    While many consider shoplifting to be a juvenile or minor offense, the crime comes with serious penalties in the state of New Jersey. An individual can be arrested and charged for shoplifting when they’ve attempted to remove a store’s theft-prevention devices, altered any price tags, taken merchandise out of the store without paying or removed […]

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  • Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana a Crime?

    March 28, 2018

    Marijuana laws have been radically changing across the nation, including in New Jersey. The recent debate about the legalization of marijuana in NJ has prompted serious concerns from lawmakers and police about motorists who might drive under the influence of a legalized substance such as marijuana. Experts argue that marijuana creates cognitive impairment that may […]

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  • How Voluntary Treatment Can Help Your Criminal Defense Case

    March 16, 2018

    According to recent research, a prison sentence of fewer than six months can end up doing more harm than good for the person incarcerated. Statistics show that these people with short prison sentences tend to lead a more dysfunctional life after, meaning they are more likely to go back to criminal behaviors after being released. […]

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  • California Authorized Marijuana Sales. Is New Jersey Next?

    February 27, 2018

    California rung in the new year by allowing marijuana sales within the state starting in 2018. The state’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana has been called a “new gold rush” by some commentators, including USA TODAY. While marijuana has long been grown in California, until recently, growers have had to conduct their operations in secret, […]

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  • New Jersey’s New Marijuana Law Means Big Changes

    February 22, 2018

    New Jersey’s New Marijuana Law Means Big Changes New Jersey recently passed a law decriminalizing possession and use of marijuana in certain situations, expunging prior marijuana offenses, and authorizing the cultivation, transport, and sale of marijuana as a business. The new law means big changes for the state, which has previously treated marijuana as an illegal […]

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  • Starting October 1st, 2018 the Expungement Laws in New Jersey Are Going to Change

    February 20, 2018

    CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT ATTORNEY IN CHERRY HILL, NJ Due to new legislation signed in December by former Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey will finally be updating the way that ex-convicts are able to try and apply to get their criminal acts expunged from their records. Not only that, these new bipartisan laws will increase the […]

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  • New Jersey Makes Big Changes to Rules for Expungement of Drug Crimes

    February 10, 2018

    In a unique move to address the rising opioid crisis and address a long-held sense of unfairness in the criminal justice system when it comes to drug charges, New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently signed a package of legislation modernizing the state’s system for expunging a number of criminal offenses. The three bills in the […]

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  • Juvenile Offenses and Family Court In NJ

    January 30, 2018

    Juvenile criminal matters are usually handled in Family Court where the ultimate goal is rehabilitation of the offender. Sentences are usually much lighter than in adult court, and judges try to avoid incarceration where possible. Prosecutors can petition to have a juvenile’s case moved to the Superior court when serious crimes have been committed like […]

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  • New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Laws

    January 15, 2018

    New Jersey recently implemented the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, which allows certain patients to smoke medical marijuana for their conditions. These changing regulations have many questioning if this will impact existing criminal offenses such as driving under the influence of marijuana, smoking marijuana in public and possession laws. It is crucial to […]

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  • To Exercise Your Right to Be Silent, Speak Up

    December 30, 2017

    Thanks to television crime and legal shows, nearly everyone recognizes the phrase “you have the right to remain silent….” This right (along with the right to a lawyer during questioning) are known as the “Miranda rights,” after the 1966 Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. Your Miranda rights apply any time the police question you […]

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“First class representation. Michele was my son’s attorney after he made a slight but bad decision that hurt no one, but one that potentially could have a caused a lifetime of employment problems in the future, despite having a four year college degree. First of all Michele was very proactive in protecting his rights. Rights we were not even aware of. She provided quick and reliable answers to our questions. Before we met with her our anxiety and worry was insatiable. The peace we felt after our first consultation alleviated all that and we knew we picked the right attorney. Her excellent negotiation skills resulted in a settling his case quickly and without conviction.

We owe a debt of gratitude for her service. I was shocked at how much she was able to do for my son. She is a solid lawyer who is honest and works to insure the best possible outcome for her client is achieved.”
- Former Client

“Michele was very prompt when getting back to me when I called regarding legal counsel. Michele kept me informed and in the loop while awaiting trial. Very professional qualities and I highly recommend Michele and will continue to seek her legal expertise in the future. Thanks.”
- Former Client

“I could not had ask for a better attorney. Michele Finizio treated my case and the case of those I’ve recommended as if we were part of her family. She gave it all she had, made her voice and case be heard in court and made it count, and we had the best possible outcome, thanks to her experience and expertise. Thank you very much for an outstanding job.”
- D.A.

"Michele is an outstanding, no “beating around the bush” lawyer. She has done a remarkable job as a lawyer for me. Before Michele, I did not get along with Criminal Lawyers – she comes HIGHLY recommended by me to anyone who needs a Criminal Lawyer."
- C.O.
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