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Do you know when police can legally enter your home?

Police officers in New Jersey must abide by certain rules when performing their jobs. It is particularly important that they behave in a manner that supports and upholds the rights of the individuals they interact with in a professional capacity.

Knowing your rights can help you stand up for yourself in situations with law enforcement. This is certainly true when police want to gain access to and search your home. Don't get tricked into waiving your rights or letting law enforcement violate them.

EMS chief charged with DWI in New Jersey

Many people in New Jersey and across the country dedicate their lives to helping others. While there are a variety of ways to do this, many do so by working in the field of emergency medical services. Despite their desire to help, these professionals can also find themselves facing criminal accusations. In fact, an EMS chief has recently been charged with DWI.

Police reports indicate that they were called one afternoon on a day in July. According to reports, callers claimed that the driver of a sports utility vehicle was swerving across the road. Reports claim that the driver almost caused several different accidents.

2 indicted for a violent crime in New Jersey death

The internet and certain social media platforms have changed the way people get rid of their unused items. For example, through certain websites, people now have a way to easily advertise to a large audience -- many of whom are strangers -- that they have an item for sale. Unfortunately, police in New Jersey believe that one man's attempt to make a purchase led to a violent crime.

In fact, two men have recently been arrested for their alleged roles in the death of a 20-year-old. Police say that the victim's body was found on a bank in New Jersey on a day in late March. According to reports, his hands were tied behind his back, and he had several gunshot wounds.

Woman drives to New Jersey police station, charged with DWI

There are some people who are willing to great lengths to help a friend who is in distress. While for some people this may mean lending a sympathetic ear, sometimes a friend could need more than that. Unfortunately, police in New Jersey claim that when a woman went to a police station to pick up a man who had been arrested for driving under the influence, she was also arrested, accused of DWI.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late June. According to reports, a 45-year-old man performed an illegal turn on a New Jersey road. The stop that followed allegedly led to the man's arrest following accusations of drunken driving.

2 people arrested in New Jersey, accused of attempted robbery

When the news stories report on allegations of a crime, many people seem to forget that those accused are presumed innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided in court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Unfortunately, many people facing criminal accusations are left feeling that they have to fight to prove their innocence instead of the other way around. A pair in New Jersey may be feeling this way following their recent arrest after being accused of involvement in an attempted robbery.

The incident that led to their arrest is said to have happened on a day in June. According to reports, police received a call from a jewelry store about a robbery in progress. A man and woman had allegedly entered the store and threatened workers with a shotgun.

New Jersey man charged after violent crime at art show

A recent tragedy has left a local community looking for solutions. The event known as Art All Night, which took place in Trenton, New Jersey, was sadly disrupted by a shooting incident that left one person dead and up to 29 people injured. Recently, an individual was arrested and charged for a possible role in the violent crime. 

The man recently arrested is a 26-year-old Trenton resident and is the second person to be charged in the event. A third person who police believe was also involved was killed by police during the gunfire at the arts event. The 26-year-old has been charged with various weapons offenses. He is also being treated for injuries he sustained from the shooting. 

What is possession with intent?

In New Jersey, even a minor drug possession charge can carry some stiff penalties. But, what if the charges go beyond possession? What if you find yourself facing a charge of possession with the intent to distribute?

If you are facing criminal charges for drugs, it is important to understand the crime with which the state or federal government is charging you. For instance, a possession with intent charge consists of three elements that must all be satisfied.

New Jersey mother and son face drug charges

A 59-year-old woman known as a successful diving coach has been arrested, along with her son, on allegations of criminal activity. Police say the pair were involved with the sale of drugs and guns based out of their home in New Jersey. Authorities worked with FBI informants to gather information that led to the drug charges. 

The woman's 27-year-old son was also allegedly involved in the criminal business. The FBI claims they have recordings of the man telling another person about how he builds various types of guns from parts ordered on the internet. During the time of the recorded meeting, the informant also said that he saw baggies of cocaine, heroin and pills allegedly containing fentanyl. The informant later returned to make a purchase of the pills. 

Jets' Christopher Herndon charged with DWI

A recent accident on New Jersey's Route 80 led to an arrest for an NFL player. Charged with traffic offenses and drunk driving, Christopher Herndon was not injured in the accident. It is not clear how his position with the Jets will be affected, but it is not uncommon for DWI charges to impact employment.

Police claim that the accident happened shortly before 5 a.m. According to reports, Herndon was heading west when he collided with a vehicle driven by a 76-year-old man. The other man was also towing an antique railroad motorcar on a trailer. Authorities did not indicate which direction the other man was traveling in or whether Herndon struck him from behind or head-on.

Drug charges for New Jersey man after home search

Many individuals charged with a crime wish to have the chance to clear their name. Criminal arrests carry possible penalties and jail time, so individuals usually hope to avoid conviction after they have been charged with a crime. Recently, one New Jersey man was arrested on drug charges. He has been released on bail, but will face the charges in court. 

The 26-year-old man was apparently under investigation for alleged criminal drug activity. The police say that they observed drug trafficking from his home and were then able to obtain a search warrant. Police acted on the search warrant at approximately 6:30 a.m. and say they seized several items of contraband and cash. 

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