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I've been charged with aggravated assault. What does that mean?

Sometimes, you can't avoid getting into an altercation. Even if you may have avoided the incident at some point, ultimately, you ended up involved and now you face charges for aggravated assault. You probably have some sense that the penalties you face are harsher than they would be for a simple assault or assault, but you may not quite understand why you face the more serious charge.

Facing any sort of criminal charges can cause you a great deal of fear. Not quite understanding the charges makes this fear even worse. If the circumstances surrounding the incident fall into one of the following categories, this may explain why you face a charge for aggravated assault.

New Jersey police focus on distraction

This spring, law enforcement has taken aim at distracted drivers. If you recently received a ticket for driving while distracted, it may have surprised you, especially if your cellphone was in your pocket.

Distractions behind the wheel continue to cause a rising number of accidents and injuries across the country, and the nationwide effort to bring awareness to the dangers of taking your attention off the road for any reason has intensified.

Prescription drug problems: Are you at risk?

If you live in New Jersey and are somewhere between 18 and 25 years old, you are among other young adults throughout the nation who are most at risk for misuse of prescription drugs. Studies show your age group ranks highest for non-medical use of various types of prescription medications. In fact, even in age groups younger than yours, prescription drug abuse seems to be prevalent, with one in 12 high school seniors claiming to have used prescription medication (such as the stimulant, Adderall) in non-medical situations.

Wiping the slate clean

Do you have a conviction for criminal charges on your record after a prior arrest for a crime committed in New Jersey? If so, you are certainly not the first person in the state with a criminal record. If you have run into problems trying to get your life back on track due to your record, you are not alone. Many others have shared stories about the troubles they've faced when attempting to reintegrate back into society after spending time behind bars and serving probation.

The court is always of the opinion that community and government programs should provide help to those who have served their sentences reach their full potentials as they move toward successful and happy futures. Once you've fulfilled your sentence, you should be able to get a job, rent an apartment, go to college or do anything appropriate to help you accomplish new goals in life.

A strong defense for underage DUI charges

Consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is always illegal. If an individual under the age of 21 faces charges of underage drinking and driving, the repercussions can be quite serious. If charged with underage DUI in New Jersey or New York, it is critical to respond with a strong defense.

Lawsuit calls 20,000 New Jersey DWIs into question

Breathalyzers are devices that are designed to take a breath sample from a driver and determine if the driver had consumed any alcohol. The device then takes this information and provides a blood-alcohol content percentage (BAC). Any BAC over 0.08 is over the legal limit in New Jersey and could result in driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges.

In theory, these devices sound like a great way to help keep the roads in New Jersey safe from drunk drivers. But what happens if the device is wrong? What happens if it says someone was drunk when they were not? That is the question currently being asked in New Jersey courts.

3 things to know about New Jersey's heroin and opioid problem

New Jersey, like many states in the country, is continuing to fight against illegal drug use. One area that the state is focusing on is the use of heroin and prescription drugs like opioids.

Why heroin and prescription drugs are often lumped together? There is a subset of prescription drugs that affect the body in a manner similar to using heroin. People may be prescribed these drugs, such as opioids, as pain killers after suffering an injury.

The Textalyzer: A New York initiative that will sweep the nation?

Drivers increasingly believe that they can multitask while behind the wheel. From using a navigation system to eating to making a phone call, individuals constantly allow themselves to be distracted by tasks that pull their attention away from the road. The most dangerous example of a distracting task is texting while driving.

According to a Huffington Post article, 341,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2013 involved texting. Additionally, nine Americans are killed every day in accidents that involved distracted driving. These types of statistics are staggering and highlight the danger that drivers on the road face. Even if you as an experienced, aware driver are paying attention to your surroundings, it is not unlikely that another driver changing lanes or crossing an intersection is not focused on the road.

New York thinks they have a solution.

Are traffic tickets only about keeping the roads safe?

For many people, summer months mean vacation. Whether you are driving hundreds of miles to your destination or are simply commuting to a waterpark the next town over, the possibility of getting pulled over for speeding is very real. And, while you subconsciously believe that speed laws are enforced to protect the safety of other drivers on the road, you might question if this is truly the case.

Is the system of federal money awarded by the National Traffic Safety Administration to states in an effort to conduct ticket blitzes fostering an environment of encouraged ticket quotas rather than highway safety? Gary Biller, the president of the National Motorists Association and contributor to The Washington Times believes so.

Juvenile crimes: New Jersey teens accused of arson

Recent reports stated that two individuals were taken into custody after being suspected of setting brush fires in New Jersey. The individuals are facing charges for juvenile crimes as they were both reported as being 13 years old. There had apparently been multiple instances of fires taking place that the Forest Fire Service believed were to have been set intentionally. Two wardens had gone to the area to set up cameras in order to potentially see who may have been setting the fires.

While in the woods, the fire wardens reportedly heard someone approaching. The wardens then hid themselves in hopes of identifying the individual or individuals. They purportedly witnessed the two teenagers attempting to use a cigarette lighter to start a fire. The wardens then detained the teens, and the two were then taken into custody by police.

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