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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 »

Creepy Clown Epidemic: Crime Wave or Hoax?

Since the end of August, there have been reports of creepy clowns stalking, threatening, chasing and assaulting people throughout multiple states, including New Jersey. The New York Times recently reported that 12 people in different areas of the country face charges related to these events. However, there is still no clear answer as to whether… Read More »

Trenton Man Faces Federal Charges in Heroin Ring Investigation

After a two-year investigation, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York William Hochul, Jr. announced the arrests of eight people, including a Trenton man, on federal drug charges related to alleged heroin distribution from Elmira, New York to points in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Authorities claim to have evidence gathered from two informants,… Read More »

Galloway, NJ High School Student Faces Gun Charges

In September, a 15-year-old Absegami High School student was arrested on weapons charges after allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to school. Charges include possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon on school property and related offenses. According to ABC News, the unnamed minor was in gym class, outdoors, when… Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Auto Theft and Joyriding in New Jersey?

Crimes generally have two aspects: the act and the mental state. If you have been arrested for “taking a car,” your mental state can be the difference between a charge of grand theft auto and the lesser charge of joyriding. To charge you with grand theft auto, the prosecution must prove that you intended to… Read More »