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Sex offense registration laws can mean layers of jurisdiction

Sex offenses, especially those committed against children, spark social outrage. It's understandable. Such cases are shocking and among the most common dealt with by New Jersey courts. It's easy to see why popular opinion might slant toward taking anyone charged with a sex crime straight to a cell and throwing away the key.

Do gender, education and race influence prison sentences?

Stereotypes are extremely prevalent in our society, as unfortunate as that may sound. Many people will make quick, snap judgments about people based on their affiliation with a particular race, gender, nationality, social status, appearance - and even level of education.

Drug charges: Marijuana is still illegal in New Jersey

Although marijuana is more common in the United States, and many laws are looser than in the past, each state is different. In New Jersey, getting caught with marijuana puts you in a difficult position. If you're caught with papers to roll a joint, you could face distribution charges. If you police find you with a plant, they may charge you with wanting to sell or manufacture marijuana.

Are lie detector tests reliable or not?

The polygraph machine has been around since the early part of the last century. Despite early claims about how the so-called lie detector could use physiological measurements of a subject to determine if he or she is lying, results have always been questionable. The result is that using results as evidence has faced an uphill climb in the court.

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