Arraignment, R. 3:9-1

Arraignment, R. 3:9-1, right to counsel, sixth amendment, article 1 paragraph 10, U.S. Constitution, New Jersey Constitution, grand jury, indictment, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerWe all have bad days. But it seems to me we invariably react in one of three ways to the bad days of others: empathy, apathy, or judgment. And judgment seems to be the most popular. For example, an Atco man will soon make his first formal appearance in the Gloucester County Superior Court for his arraignment involving two separate cases. One case involves an alleged assault by auto and . I would submit the day of the collision was a bad day for him. But what is your reaction to this? How does it make you feel? Read more


Receiving Stolen Property, N.J.S.A. 2c:20-7

Receiving Stolen Property, N.J.S.A. 2c:20-7, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerIf there is one thing I learned from Madonna’s career, there is no such thing as bad publicity. I must have been 12 or 13 years old when she performed Like A Virgin live on broadcast television. Talk about awkward moments! My mom put it on the TV because she wanted to see it. Nevertheless, I suppose she regretted that decision because a few moments later, Madonna treated us to a session of fondling herself. Also known as succès de scandale, many celebrities like Madonna rose to fame on the wings of a salacious reputation. After all, the expression succès de scandale originated in Belle Époque Paris, Read more


Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a

Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.2, driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, dui, dwi, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThis week Jersey City cops charged a local firefighter with refusal to submit to a breath test, among other offenses. The cops claim he drove a 2005 Cadillac Escalade through an intersection they had closed due to a four-car collision. Additionally, they claim he sped through the area and ignored orders to stop. They also claim he drove around a marked police car with its lights on. Furthermore, he almost clipped two police officers investigating the motor-vehicle accident. The firefighter allegedly had glassy, dilated eyes, could not speak full sentences, and could not complete the field sobriety tests. Read more


Justifications For Punishment

The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience…
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., The Common Law 1 (1881).


Justifications for Punishment, utilitarian, utilitarianism, retributivist, retributivism, Rutgers School of Law Camden, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThe Hopatcong cop charged with simple assault after his encounter with an air horn wielding individual in a bunny costume has made the news again. If nothing else, this will provide a case study, an object lesson if you will, in the justifications for punishment. I learned this in law school, so you might want to pay attention.

Apparently, the Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor recently charged the officer with harassment, too. Indeed, one might say the government is providing the officer with on the job training for something that the criminals already know—don’t get caught. And let’s be candid. Read more


The Fourth Amendment and the Right to Be Secure in Your House

The Fourth Amendment and the Right to Be Secure in Your House, Fourth Amendment, United States Constitution, Article 1 Paragraph 7, New Jersey Constitution, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThis past weekend, a police tactical unit forcibly entered a Gloucester Township home, per nj dot com. In their inimitable fashion, the cops broke open the garage door Sunday morning with a robot. But was this absolutely necessary? After all, according to the media, the cops destroyed the private property despite having full access to family members who lived there. Indeed, after a juvenile had called the police earlier that night, everyone left the house. Furthermore, the family members went directly to the police to file complaints. But about two hours after everyone left, a neighbor heard the man banging on the front door Read more

CDS Distribution in a school zone, N.J.S.A. 2c:35-7

CDS Distribution in a school zone, N.J.S.A. 2c-35-7, Jersey City, Winslow Township, Paulsboro, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerWinslow Township cops arrested two people on drug charges and a third on weapons offenses after a weeks-long investigation. Narcotics officers executed search warrants at two homes following investigations into drug sales there. And they allegedly found cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, packaging materials and more than $1,600 in cash. Additionally, they allegedly found a loaded 9mm handgun and a defaced .22-caliber rifle in a vehicle. Consequently, the cops charged the various people with CDS distribution in a school zone, and the following crimes:

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Heroin Possession, N.J.S.A. 2c:35-10

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But here is a question. Specifically, why does nj dot com have only scant details to report? Most likely nj dot com got its information from a news release, which some would consider a tool of government propaganda. Read more


Methamphetamine Possession, N.J.S.A. 2c:35-10

Methamphetamine Possession, N.J.S.A. 2c:35-10, breaking bad, walt white, walter white, jesse pinkman, tuco, Gale Boetticher, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerYou remember when Walter White shaved his head on Breaking Bad. Owing to his chemotherapy, Walt opted for this new look. And a short time later, he visited Tuco to collect money. Indeed, Walt’s edge in the negotiation consisted of an explosive that looked like his special crystal meth. And you definitely remember when Jesse Pinkman shaved his head. Jesse fell off the wagon after he assassinated Gale Boetticher at point blank range, yo. Breaking Bad offers fantastic entertainment. Therefore, a news item I saw this week about an arrest involving methamphetamine possession and distribution in South Jersey’s sleepy Gibbstown grabbed my attention. Read more


Unlicensed practice of medicine, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-20

If you must be indiscrete, be discrete in your indiscretion. Mark Twain

Unlicensed practice of medicine, N.J.S.A. 2c-21-20, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerSussex County cops charged a 20-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., with unlicensed practice of medicine, and other offenses. Indeed, the cops claim the man tried to get prescription drugs at a Walmart by posing as a physician. Furthermore, Walmart workers felt he failed to follow protocols when he allegedly requested prescription drugs for an unknown male. Apparently Franklin cops watched the suspect leave the Walmart after he tried to pick up the medicine. But they did not stop him or arrest him. Instead, they asked Sparta police to apprehend the man. The cops did not only charge him, however, with unlicensed practice of medicine.  They also charged him Read more


Arson and related offenses, N.J.S.A. 2c:17-1

Arson and related offenses, N.J.S.A. 2c-17-1, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerFlorham Park cops charged a Fairleigh Dickinson University student with arson, claiming he set a toilet paper roll ablaze. According to a news release, borough police and firefighters responded to a fire alarm in a campus building. Indeed, first responders allegedly found a burned toilet paper roll between a pipe and the ceiling, per nj dot com. Additionally, they allegedly found damage to the wall. Furthermore, a follow up investigation lead authorities to arrest and charge the student with arson.

And in other news, Camden County authorities arrested and charged a homeowner from Runnemede with Read more