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What's the difference between dismissal and expungement?

A criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, even long after your case has been finalized. Criminal records may affect the employment and business opportunities available to you. Similarly, your chances of accessing government benefits, student loans and housing or participating in civic activities may also be limited. When talking about criminal records, it is important to understand the difference between dismissal and expungement. 

New Jersey lawmakers targets domestic violence

A proposed bill in the New Jersey legislature would increase the penalties for domestic violence. It would amend state laws to make domestic violence third-degree crimes, and increase the chances of someone convicted of domestic violence going to prison. If a child under 16 is present during the alleged abuse, that would be an aggravating factor.

New Jersey counties vary on immigrant prisoner procedures

The county jails in New Jersey and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are at odds regarding the release of prisoners who may be subject to deportation without notifying ICE first. As an ICE spokesman notes, when these prisoners are released, "it undermines ICE's ability to protect public safety and impedes us from enforcing the nation's immigration laws,"

Ray Rice's domestic violence suspension hearing

Next month, Ray Rice, a tailback for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League, will have an appeal hearing on his indefinite suspension from the league. He was suspended by Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, for violating the policy on personal conduct.

Criminal convctions to be banned from job applications

The tri-state area has its share of crime. Having a tainted record can haunt a person for the rest of his life. One area it affects is the ability to find work. New Jersey has become the latest in a series of states who have voted to "ban the box" on employment applications.

Domestic abuse charges filed in New Jersey against Olympian

A renowned Olympic figure skater has been accused of physically abusing his partner in their New Jersey home following a public reconciliation. The champion athlete had previously announced his divorce from his spouse in what has been labeled a tumultuous relationship, rife with domestic violence.

Jersey City manhunt ends, defendant turns himself in

When Jersey City law enforcement officers approached a parked car near the Booker T. Washington Housing Complex, they discovered an unconscious man in the back seat. He had apparently been the victim of a gunshot to the head.

Foorball player charged with assaulting fiancée in New Jersey

According to police reports, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested after an alleged physical assault involving his fiancée in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An assault complaint was signed against each party by responding officers.

Three New Jersey men charged in jewelry roberry

When faced with criminal charges of any level, a strong defense is the best way to protect your future. From traffic violations to felony charges, legal challenges require an understanding of the law and the local court system as well as the ability to plan and negotiate for the best possible outcome. For three men charged in New Jersey smash-and-grab, individual criminal defense strategies may make a difference in future charges, convictions and sentencing.

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