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Relief for New Jersey Non-Citizens with Pretrial Detention Court Decision

Our offices represent many non-citizens in criminal and traffic matters across New Jersey. As such, we keep up to date on any changes in case law and precedent that may positively or negatively affect our clients and their cases. Recently the issue of pretrial detention of non-citizens was argued in the New Jersey Supreme Court Read More

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New Directives on Marijuana Legislation Are a Game Changer—What Do They Mean for You?

New Jersey has finally passed legislation on the legalization of recreational marijuana. So, what does this mean for you? Most dramatically, it is now no longer illegal to have six ounces or less of marijuana and up to 3/5 of an ounce of hashish. Additionally, it is no longer a crime to be under the Read More

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Waiting for Answers in New Jersey’s Ongoing DWI Legal Battle

As a result of improper evidence handling by former New Jersey State Police Sergeant Marc Dennis, many DWI cases from the early 2010s in New Jersey were not valid, having lasting ramifications on the courts and the accused. This is in reference to an ongoing investigation into the invalidity of Alcotest machine results in Middlesex, Read More

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No End in Sight: An Update on the Stalled Marijuana Legalization Regulations

As the January draws to a close, our offices thought we should provide an update on the ongoing efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. Our last update left off stating that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal had instructed prosecutors to delay low-level marijuana cases until January 25, 2021. On January 22, the Attorney General released Read More

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Trapped in Limbo: Pretrial Detention during the Pandemic in New Jersey

Many of our office’s clients have had their criminal or traffic matters from late 2019 or early 2020 pushed back months due to the pandemic. Some seemingly simple matters have yet to be resolved and clients are waiting in limbo for their next hearing. However, this pales in comparison to those individuals who are in Read More

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NJ to Pause Prosecution of Marijuana Possession Charges

While New Jersey legislators are working out the details of marijuana legalization, the Attorney General has instructed prosecutors to hold off on the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases until January 25, 2021. In cases where marijuana possession is not the only charge, prosecutors are now instructed to either postpone or seek dismissal for the marijuana Read More

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Coping with Substance Abuse in the Community

As many of you know, for years our law offices have represented people who have criminal charges as a result of substance abuse. Frequently, when clients arrive at court they are committing a crime or municipal offense because of an addiction. In the last few years, I have spoken publicly about how our law firm Read More

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Stopped for Your License Plate Frame? Know Your Rights in New Jersey

Have you ever been convinced that a police officer pulled you over for something very minor in an attempt to find a reason to charge you with a more serious crime? For instance, something as small as having your license plate frame partially blocked? A case, State v. Roman-Rosado, 238 N.J. 455, held that license Read More

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The Expansion of Drug Court and Its Limitations during the Pandemic

Our offices represent many former and current substance abusers and we have advocated for our clients’ entrance to the Drug Court program as an alternative to incarceration with many successfully completing the program. Within the past year, comprehensive changes and improvements have been made to the Drug Court program, whose manual had gone largely untouched Read More

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Upcoming Decision about DRE Testimony Could Change Drug-Related DWI Convictions, but You’re Not Off the Hook Yet

With the possibility of the legalization of marijuana in NJ this coming November, it is time to take a closer look at what that might mean for the future DWI charges, specifically how an officer comes to the conclusion that a suspect is under the influence of drugs and whether his or her determination has Read More

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