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June 2014 Archives

High Court rules that warrants are needed to search cellphones

The U.S. Supreme Court made another important ruling regarding privacy rights. This time it ruled unanimously that police officers needed search warrants before they could go through a suspect’s cell phone or tablet to look for additional information upon the suspect’s arrest. Generally, speaking, these searches are allowed after police establish “probable cause” or, in other words, they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. 

Man suspended from teaching job after sexual assault charge

It can be difficult to remember in some cases that people who have been accused of crimes are not automatically guilty of them. They have the right to present a defense against the criminal charges they face, regardless of the kind of charges they are or the media attention surrounding them.

Rockaway man charged with DWI in a school zone

New Jersey law allows authorities to seek enhanced penalties when a person is accused of driving while intoxicated in a school zone. Increased jail time, higher fines, lengthier license suspension periods and ignition interlocks are among the potential penalties related to DWI in a school zone in New Jersey. A person does not necessarily have to be on school property, like a school parking lot, to face a school zone offense, as the zone extends beyond property owned or leased to a New Jersey school under the statutory language.

New Jersey woman accused of prescription medication DUI

When a person is accused of being in an accident while driving under the influence in New Jersey, the stakes may go up in the criminal case. Notably, New Jersey’s DUI statutes are not necessarily confined to allegations of alcohol consumption. A driver on prescription medications may face charges for DUI.

5 years after fatal stabbing, man returns to US to face trial

Depending on the circumstances, it can take several years for a case involving a violent crime to make its way to trial. This might be especially true if a suspect is unable to be reached for long periods of time. While fleeing after being charged isn't an automatic indicator of guilt in a particular case, it can make that perception difficult to overcome via a criminal defense strategy.

New Jersey woman in DUI test refusal not given ASL interpreter

A judge in Morristown, New Jersey, let stand a previous ruling issued in Boonton Municipal Court in a New Jersey breath test refusal case. The Superior Court judge found that the failure of police to find an American Sign Language interpreter for a Maywood woman who is deaf to help her understand the consequences of breath test refusal under New Jersey law did not violate her rights. The woman’s defense argued that interpreters are available in other situations and the failure to supply an ASL interpreter in the Bergen County woman’s case is a form of discrimination.

Assault by auto charge becomes vehicular homicide after man dies

If it is alleged that a New Jersey driver is at fault for injuring someone in an accident, they are likely to be charged. This is particularly true if the person is suspected of drunk driving at the tiem of the accident as well. If the victim's injuries are serious enough, then the charges could change if the injured person's condition takes a turn for the worse.

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