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July 2015 Archives

Are New Jersey's shoplifting laws more severe than other states?

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.

DUI checkpoint results in 4 arrests

Law enforcement authorities with the New Jersey State Police reportedly took four people into custody on July 18 during a DUI checkpoint they had set up on the Garden State Parkway. According to reports, the checkpoint was set up in the northbound lanes near the PNC Arts Center near Holmdel.

Does an early release or bail impact one's criminal defense?

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.  

Submitting to or refusing a breath test

Since DUI laws can vary in different states and word of mouth information can muddle the truth, people in New Jersey and other states are sometimes confused about what to do when suspected of drinking and driving. Learning about implied consent laws can help one make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to submit to a breath test.

Appeals court says officers didn't need warrant for blood test

A New Jersey appeals court ruled against a DUI defendant who attempted to have the results of a blood alcohol test thrown out. The woman argued that her blood had been drawn without a warrant and that the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely should be applied to her case. In the earlier case, the Supreme Court had ruled that police officers should always obtain a warrant for a blood draw unless there are exigent circumstances.

Problems with bail system lead to reform in NYC

At first thought, bail seems like a great provision for those who are accused of a crime. "All you have to do is pay some money and you get out of jail? What's not to like?" But, of course, if you extend that first thought to a second, third, or fourth thought, the flaws of the bail system will immediately become clear.

New Jersey woman taken into custody on DUI charge

Authorities in Berkeley say that a 52-year-old woman was taken into custody for DUI and a variety of other charges. Police initiated a traffic stop at about 11:13 a.m. on June 25 after an officer noticed a vehicle going the wrong way on Jamaica Boulevard. In addition to allegedly being impaired, the woman was discovered to be driving without a license.

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