Eyewitness testimony has the reputation of being the most damning evidence the prosecution can rally to make its case. But experienced New Jersey attorneys know that reputation is not necessarily deserved.
There is no sure answer to the question posed above. Every individual's case is unique because the circumstances always vary. Depending on the specific elements alleged in the formal complaint, charges in cocaine related cases in New Jersey can run the gamut from simple possession to more serious intent to sell and distribution.
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.
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.
What role does eyewitness testimony play in a criminal trial? Unfortunately, a recent law journal article suggests that this type of evidence is both unreliable and incredibly damaging, accounting for around one-third of wrongful convictions. That article relied on data from the National Registry of Exonerations.
Does prosecutorial discretion play a role in shaping New Jersey’s approach to criminal enforcement? The ambitions of Hudson County’s new chief prosecutor suggest it may.
In recent posts, we’ve discussed the escalated punishment that can apply to repeat offenders. However, any type of felony history might present consequences in mounting an effective criminal defense. This is especially true when it comes to a prior conviction for sexual assault.
Shoplifting laws in New Jersey factor the value of the allegedly stolen item into the punishment. Items of little value might only amount to a misdemeanor charge. More valuable items, however, may result in more serious charges. For example, if the stolen item is valued over $75,000, the charge might be classified as a second degree defense, punishable by up to ten years in prison and penalties of up to $150,000.
The repercussions of a criminal conviction can be far reaching. In a recent example, a New Jersey man discovered that the law does not permit him to own guns because of his wife’s criminal charge relating to domestic violence allegations.