Criminal Attempt, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1

Criminal Attempt, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-1, 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, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerFans of Bruce Springsteen around the world know down the shore everything’s all right. Unfortunately, recent news suggests some problems there for one Jersey Girl. Indeed, Wildwood City cops recently charged a nurse with various crimes involving prescription fraud, per their news release. The investigation began when a victim reported a female of Asian descent for allegedly filling out prescriptions in his name. And the cops claim they verified this with the pharmacy. The investigation developed when police received a subsequent complaint of an Asian female’s alleged attempt to fill a fraudulent prescription. This time, the suspect had not left the premises. Consequently, the police arrested her. Additional investigations indicate the nurse allegedly forged prescriptions on more than one date. Therefore, the cops charged her with forgery, obtaining prescription by fraud, and criminal attempt, per the news.
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Burglar’s Tools, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-5

Burglar's Tools, N.J.S.A. 2c:5-5, shovel, spade, brick crowbars, slim jims, prying devices, lock pick, master keys, bolt cutters, center hole punch, dog treats, porcelain chips, screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, ropes, ceramic spark plugs, torches, thermal lances, explosives, dynamite, gun powder, 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, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerOn July 1, police in Evesham Township arrested a man in the parking lot at the Route 73 L.A. Fitness, per the news. Indeed, the cops alleged the man possessed pry bars, screwdrivers, a hammer, heroin, marijuana, and hypodermic needles. Consequently, the cops charged him with fourth-degree possession of burglary tools. Additionally, they charged him with third-degree possession of heroin. They also charged the male with possession of hypodermic needle and possession of marijuana, both disorderly persons offenses.

This arrest, however, was not the result of chance. On the contrary, at 4 p.m. authorities received a report about a suspicious male in a nearby Whole Foods parking lot. But the media does not disclose what the male did that appeared suspicious. 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


Time Limitations pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2c:1-6

drinking and driving, crime, disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, drunk driving, dui, dwi, Time limitations, N.J.S.A. 2c-1-6, statute of limitations, 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, lawyerTwelve years after an alleged incident, police arrested a man, took him from his home, and threw him in jail. Subsequently, a Union County grand jury returned an indictment against the South Plainfield man for murder and weapons offenses. Twelve years is a long time. Additionally, the victim died less than a day after the police found him shot in the head. Furthermore, authorities have not revealed to the media the reason for the 12 year delay. The only reason the State can get away with charging a man over a decade later is the statute that sets forth time limitations. What kind of evidence did the State spend all these years obtaining? Additionally, how good are their witnesses against this man? How well do they remember events from 12 years ago? Furthermore, how will this man track down defense witnesses? These and other questions create skepticism and doubt about the State’s case.
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Intoxication: Does this provide a defense to a crime under New Jersey law?

Intoxication, N.J.S.A. 2c:2-8, 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, lawyerRIVERSIDE TWP.—Local cops charged an allegedly drunk train passenger with aggravated assault on a police office. The NJ Transit River Line passenger had allegedly consumed alcohol and cursed at passengers, per the news. Police claim the man had multiple open containers of beer when they approached him. Additionally, while escorting him off the train, the man allegedly assaulted one cop. Furthermore, they claim the senior citizen spit in the face of another. Eventually, the cops took the passenger to a hospital for his extreme level of intoxication. Consequently, Read more


General Requirements of Culpability, N.J.S.A. 2c:2-2

This is the final post in a series on the mental culpability element in criminal law. The previous posts addressed the common law and the Model Penal Code (“MPC”). Those posts are available here, here, and here. This post, however, will discuss statutory reform and New Jersey’s adoption of the MPC in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Furthermore, this post will focus on the General Requirements of Culpability under New Jersey law. Read more


Mens Rea: What is it and why does it matter?

Criminal Intent

mens rea, criminal intent, specific intent, general intent, malum prohibitum, malum in seI listened to the podcast below, featuring Robert Alt of the Buckeye Institute in Ohio, with great interest. Indeed, Alt focused on a topic that the academy discusses extensively, mens rea (or criminal intent).Alt addressed a specific problem of modern penal laws, which he refers to as malum prohibitum. In particular, Alt spoke about modern criminal laws defined without the element of criminal intent. Although strict liability regulations may appeal to lawmakers, they can yield absurd and devastating results. Alt illustrated the point Read more