A criminal defense strategy is the overall plan you will apply to your criminal proceedings. Ultimately, the goal of your criminal defense strategy will be to improve your situation as much as possible. This might involve trying to get your charges dropped or dismissed, seeking a verdict of not guilty or negotiating a plea bargain deal.
Whether you've been arrested or not, we've all heard about "the right to remain silent." Your right to remain silent when you get arrested and accused of a crime is a part of your Miranda rights -- which are civil rights afforded to all individuals accused of a crime.
Police in New Jersey allege that they seized 7,000-plus heroin bags in addition to marijuana, crack and ecstasy at a New Jersey home. The home was located close to a high school, authorities say.
Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and heard a police officer say, "You have the right to remain silent?" Of course you have. But why do the police say this?
Life as a person under the rule of law doesn't come with a handbook. That's unfortunate. The volumes of laws on the books in New Jersey and at the federal level fill libraries – literally. Some of the fundamental rules are codified in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but not all. Over the course of two centuries, some have been added and refined. How can you possibly know what you need to know, and when?
We are a mobile society. That is something East Coast states have recognized since the founding of the country. It is truer today than it was 200 years ago. All you have to do is walk through a packed parking lot and scan the license plates. Most might be from New Jersey, but many will be from other states – perhaps even Canada.
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.