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July 2017 Archives

Violent crime: New Jersey police arrest 4

Police officers say they witnessed a crime in progress and were able to quickly apprehend four suspects. Two teenagers and two juveniles were arrested. The Newark, New Jersey Public Safety Director provided details of the alleged violent crime and the four accused individuals who are likely now preparing a defense against criminal charges. 

Drug charges for New Jersey doctor in alleged drug ring

Recently, a physician finds himself defending against charges that he illegally wrote hundreds of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. The New Jersey based physician is allegedly connected with a crime network who apparently paid the doctor for prescriptions. The doctor is now facing drug charges that include second degree distribution of narcotics. 

Are field sobriety tests reliable?

Have you or has someone you know been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in New Jersey? If so, you or your friend may have been asked to perform certain actions or have certain abilities tested by law enforcement officers after you were stopped but before you were arrested. Commonly referred to as field sobriety tests, these tests do not have the ability to prove that you are intoxicated or even to determine a level of intoxication. They are instead used to give enough substance to the potential that you may be intoxicated so as to support an officer legally placing you under arrest.

Understanding your rights during a traffic stop

As traffic stops gone wrong have been in the news more and more frequently, it is important for those in New Jersey to understand the rights they have when interacting with law enforcement officers. As reports, regardless of the conditions a driver is going through, including speeding to the hospital, if an officer signals to pull over the driver must comply. Even if the driver has a legitimate reason for his or her actions, the officer does not know this at the time, and refusing to pull over could leave the driver vulnerable to charges. 

Drivers should choose carefully over Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, New Jersey residents are likely putting the finishing touches on their holiday weekend plans. Whether staying close to home or travelling away over the long weekend, it might be wise for those plans to include options on how to avoid driving after consuming alcohol. A single drunk driving arrest can wreck havoc on a driver's life even if a conviction is not ultimately achieved in the case.

Growing marijuana in New Jersey can cost you your freedom

The social stigma associated with marijuana use, sales and cultivation have decreased in the last decade. As more states decriminalize or overtly legalize adult recreational use of marijuana, people become more open to it. You may not have thought that growing a few plants in your garage, garden or basement was a big deal. Then law enforcement showed up. Maybe they arrived because of a nearby crime, or perhaps someone noticed your plants and called to report you. Regardless of why they are there, if law enforcement find marijuana plants on your property, you can expect criminal charges.

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