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What Happens After a Second New Jersey DUI Arrest?

The penalties for a second conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey are outlined in detail under New Jersey Title 39, section 39:4-50(iii)(2). The statute specifies the length of imprisonment, various fines and administrative penalties, and how far back the court goes in considering the defendant’s driving history. In New Jersey, the… Read More »

New Jersey’s Most Violent Cities and Towns

A violent crime can occur anywhere, but 2016 statistics show that some New Jersey locations have a much higher incidence of homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than other regions in the state. In each region, there are places where the number of serious offenses per 1,000 residents far exceeds the state average. Radio station… Read More »

The Garden State Fights the Opioid Epidemic

After many years of increases in opiate abuse throughout the country, New Jersey is finally taking meaningful steps to fight this epidemic. Drug overdose deaths in the state have risen nearly 400 percent over the past two decades, with more than 2,000 fatalities in 2016 alone. In 2017, Governor Chris Christie announced the establishment of… Read More »

Might 20,000 New Jersey DWI Cases Be Thrown Out?

More than 20,000 New Jersey motorists charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) recently received a surprising letter from the office prosecuting their cases. Current and former defendants in Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Union counties have been told that doubts now exist regarding the reliability of the breath tests used against them. The problem arises… Read More »

Statistics Show a Decline in New Jersey Crime During 2017

Data from the New Jersey State Police show an encouraging drop in crime this year. The statewide rate for violent crimes is more than 12 percent lower than last year’s, and rates for several of the most serious specific charges reflect an even steeper decline. For the first nine months of 2017, the New Jersey… Read More »

New Jersey Charged 40 Men with Child Porn Crimes Last Year. What’s Happened Since?

In 2016, major headlines were generated when 40 men from around New Jersey were charged with crimes related to their alleged possession of child pornography. Dubbed “Operation Statewide,” this effort led to the arrest of at least one suspect in every one of the state’s 21 counties. As media coverage has moved on to other… Read More »

What Penalties Are Associated with Heroin Possession in New Jersey?

New Jersey is one of many states struggling with an opioid crisis, and heroin is the drug that has been doing the most damage in local communities. The state considers heroin a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance because it has no official medical benefits and a high rate of abuse and addiction. Possession of the… Read More »

What You Should Know About Gun Laws in New Jersey

Gun law have been the subject of considerable debate in New Jersey, with some advocates and elected officials pushing for the loosening of concealed carry application standards and other reforms to peel back certain regulations. Below are a few things you should know about gun laws as they currently stand in the state, especially if… Read More »

Vehicular Homicide Laws in New Jersey

A person whose use of a motor vehicle results in the death of another person in New Jersey may be charged with and convicted of “vehicular homicide.” This definition of this crime has three main elements: Recklessness: The alleged perpetrator operated a boat or vehicle recklessly and with a “conscious disregard” to the substantial risk… Read More »

Four Face Human Trafficking Charges for Underage Prostitution

Police in South Hackensack have arrested four suspects on human trafficking charges after three underage girls complained they had been forced into prostitution at a local motel. The suspects are in their late teens and early 20s. Edwin Boneta, 22, and Jefferson Contreras, 18, were each charged with three counts of first-degree human trafficking, three… Read More »