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November 2014 Archives

Should you take a field sobriety test?

If you have been inundated with Black Friday commercials, you are certainly not alone. With the economy on an upswing retailers want to get to your money as soon as possible. This means that advertisements about coveted Black Friday specials will be running from Thanksgiving until Cyber-Monday.

Thoughts on holiday weekend drunk driving charges

Next week is Thanksgiving, which begins the holiday driving season. The weather in our region may temper the number of cars on the road next week, but it may not have an effect on the number of suspected drunk drivers that law enforcement believes will be on New Jersey highways. Because of this, it is expected that additional patrols will be implemented.

Should you get your criminal record expunged?

If you have been convicted of a crime and have completely served your sentence, part of moving on with life may include getting the conviction expunged. An expungement (also known as expunction) essentially means that the criminal record is sealed from the public. While employers, educational institutions or screening companies may not be able to discover this information, law enforcement agencies may have access to and maintain such records. Essentially, police and prosecutors have a public safety interest in maintaining access to criminal records.

Florida ruling could affect arrests in New Jersey

We have previously written about landmark decisions regarding law enforcement’s ability to conduct warrantless searches. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the police must obtain a search warrant before accessing cellular phones and other electronic devices such as electronic tablets. The high court also issued a ruling suggesting that law enforcement would be better served by obtaining permission before implanting GPS tracking devices on suspects’ vehicles.

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