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United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Lange v. California

Jersey City, New Jersey – On February 24, 2021, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Lange v. California to determine whether the pursuit of a person whom a police officer has probable cause to believe has committed a…
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Landmark Decision in State of New Jersey v. Anthony Sims, Jr.

Jersey City, New Jersey – On January 4, 2021 the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division issued a potentially landmark decision in State of New Jersey v. Anthony Sims, Jr. The court held law enforcement must inform a person it wishes…
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New Jersey’s Rape Shield Law

Jersey City, New Jersey – New Jersey’s Rape Shield Law is intended to protect victims of sexual assault from character assassination during a trial. Defendants are precluded from introducing evidence of previous sexual conduct with person…
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Unlawfully Seized Evidence

Jersey City, New Jersey – Unlawfully seized evidence may not be used in a prosecution against the person from whom it was unlawfully seized. The Constitution requires a judicially issued warrant before law enforcement makes a lawful seizure.…
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Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (“CIMT”)

Jersey City, New Jersey – The law is constantly evolving. New laws are passed and courts are always interpreting, and re-interpreting, those laws. Some changes are clear, but some generate a lot of confusion and the need for extended litigation.…
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New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, Issued a Directive

Jersey City, New Jersey – On November 25, 2020, the New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, issued a directive to municipal, county and state prosecutors directing them to request adjournments (postponements) of prosecutions for all marijuana…
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Pre-Trial Intervention (“PTI”) can be a life-altering opportunity

Jersey City, New Jersey – For people accused of a crime, rightly or wrongly, Pre-Trial Intervention ("PTI”) can be a life-altering opportunity. PTI is a period of supervision (usually between one to three years) during which the defendant…
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State of New Jersey v. Trey Lentz

Jersey City, New Jersey – On March 15, 2020, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, in State of New Jersey v. Trey Lentz, held the warrantless swabbing of a suspect’s hands for gunshot residue was lawful and the results of…
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In State of New Jersey v. Michael A. Jackson

Jersey City, New Jersey – The Confrontation Clause of the United States Constitution is one of the most important provisions in criminal procedure. It requires a criminally accused person to be able to cross-examine the witnesses against him…
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The State of New Jersey Recently Amended the Expungement Laws

Jersey City, New Jersey – The State of New Jersey recently amended the expungement laws to make more people eligible for expungements. The law is known as the Clean Slate Law and is already in effect. This is a brief summary of some of the…