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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 »

Manalapan, NJ Day-Care Worker Arrested for Drug Possession

Recently, as reported in Patch.com, an officer with the Manalapan Township Police arrested Gabrielle Melamudov, 22, on charges of marijuana possession, following a traffic stop that resulted in multiple motor vehicle summonses. Discovering the Freehold resident had less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her possession, the officer arrested her. Although authorities… Read More »

Monmouth County Man Sentenced to Four Years for Child Porn

The Attorney General of the State of New Jersey announced recently that a Monmouth County man was sentenced to four years in prison for distribution of child pornography. Steven J. Anan, 56, of Neptune City was one of 25 people arrested in the February 2013 sweep called “Operation Ever Vigilant,” conducted by New Jersey State… Read More »