The country is in a major state of flux what with the new administration getting underway in Washington. Few would say that it's business as usual. Indeed, many observers say the focus on communication through cryptic social media like Twitter leaves the general public unable to know what to expect next.
Intent is usually an important element when it comes to prosecuting a case. If the state has evidence that can prove that a defendant clearly intended to commit a crime, it's likely that a more serious charge with more serious penalties will be pursued. Experienced criminal attorneys in New Jersey put this under the heading of the Latin term, mens rea. It means "guilty mind."
If you are a university student who is cruising along in the lane to success, you are likely worrying how your recent bust on drug charges can derail your otherwise promising life and future career. Whether it was an indictable offense or merely a disorderly person offense, any drug charges require swift action on the part of both you and your criminal defense attorney.
Back in November, we wrote a post about how efforts to relax marijuana laws in New Jersey could face an uphill battle. One of the biggest problems proponents of such a measure may have to deal with is that right now, there is no reliable test for determining how much THC – the substance in marijuana that causes impairment – it takes to affect a person. If no standard can be set, allegations of driving while impaired may deserve to be challenged.
Being convicted of driving under the influence in New Jersey can cost a defendant a lot. Besides losing your driving privileges, possibly spending time incarcerated and paying some hefty fines, having a DUI conviction on your record can crimp your future. Job prospects and education hopes could be hurt. Help from an experienced attorney could make a huge difference in the outcome.
With 2016 behind us, many people are looking hopefully to the year ahead. This may certainly be true if you are an advocate for marijuana decriminalization and more lenient laws in states like New Jersey.