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Category Archives: Criminal Law

Defending Against Charges of Criminal Sexual Contact in New Jersey

There are multiple types of sexual offenses prohibited by New Jersey law. The most commonly known is aggravated sexual assault, which is the sexual penetration of another person under certain defined circumstances. A less well known offense is criminal sexual contact, which involves unwanted sexual interactions that do not include penetration. Nevertheless, it is a… Read More »

When Do Federal Authorities Have Jurisdiction in Criminal Matters?

While most criminal matters fall under state jurisdiction, federal authorities step in when a case involves certain types of offenses and circumstances. Generally, these are cases that directly impact national security, transcend state borders or involve federal interests.  Here is a breakdown of criminal cases within the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors: National security and terrorism… Read More »

What Factors Influence Sentencing Levels for Federal Crimes?

Federal sentences are usually prescribed for specific crimes, typically in ranges running from minimum to maximum prison sentences and fines. Some crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences. However, in most cases the sentence is set by a judge after hearing and considering multiple factors. In a sentencing hearing, federal judges are guided by 18 USC 3553(a)… Read More »

NJ Attorney General Forms Special Office to Prosecute White Collar Crimes

New Jersey is devoting additional resources aimed at policing fraud and other white collar crime. The attorney general has created a special office within the Division of Criminal Justice that is tasked with protecting the financial system and securities investors within the state. The newly formed Office of Securities Fraud and Financial Crimes Prosecution (OSFFCP)… Read More »

NJ Legislature Passes a Law Making “Sextortion” a Crime

The internet has become an efficient means of carrying out criminal activity, including extortion. When Threatening to disclose sexual images or videos in order to obtain sexual favors from a victim has been known informally as “sextortion.” Now, New Jersey is adding that crime to the statutes. Following the lead of some other states, New… Read More »

Wide-Scale Fentanyl Prosecutions Continue in New Jersey

Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid that, unfortunately, is also distributed illegally throughout the United States. In response, law enforcement has become aggressive in working to shut down illicit fentanyl supply and distribution chains and to prosecute violators. Zealous efforts like these tend to cast wide nets that can subject anyone in possession of fentanyl… Read More »

Hacking Case Against a Police Officer Shows the Extent of NJ High-Tech Crime Investigations

Invading other people’s privacy by spying on their online data or sharing nude or revealing videos or pictures of them without their consent violates several criminal laws in New Jersey. Convictions can have serious consequences, including prison time, fines and a permanent criminal record. Recently, a former police officer in southern New Jersey was charged… Read More »

When Does Double Jeopardy Forbid a Second Prosecution?

The concept of double jeopardy seems simple on the surface: a person cannot be prosecuted more than once for the same crime. But the word “same” is not as simple as it sounds. There are significant gray areas, particularly when a person is accused of violating different statutes that on their faces are similar to… Read More »

Students Face Terroristic Threat Charges for Comments on Bus and Social Media

  Two incidents in Ocean County near the end of the 2022 school year illustrate New Jersey law enforcement’s inclination toward investigating and prosecuting alleged terroristic threats among school students, even if the accused is a minor. In May, a student at Southern Regional Middle School, in Stafford Township, was charged with making terroristic threats… Read More »

Prescription Fraud Conviction Shows Broad Sweep of Anti-Kickback Statute and Travel Act

  The April 2022 conviction of a Gloucester County man for two health insurance fraud scams illustrates how federal prosecutors are using complementary anti-bribery laws to charge people with a litany of offenses against the health care system. Steven Monaco, 40, was a medical sales representative who was charged with two related scams that defrauded… Read More »