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Does a juvenile arrest mean your child is heading to detention?

Like most parents in New Jersey and across the country, you likely anticipated hitting a few rough patches with your child when he or she reached the teenage years. Though a sullen attitude and lack of interest in spending time with you may have been more of what you were expecting, you ended up in a more difficult predicament when your child ended up in trouble with law enforcement.

Understandably, you may immediately think that your child is going to jail and that he or she is at great risk. However, while serious risks to personal freedom do exist in this type of situation, your child may not immediately be heading to detention.

Drinking responsibly may not always help avoid DUI suspicion

You may not consider yourself a heavy drinker, but you do enjoy drinking a beer or two, or sipping on an alcoholic beverage while out with friends. You understand the consequences that drinking and driving can have, and you would never put yourself in a situation where your actions could harm another person. As a result, you want to keep your blood alcohol concentration low.

Drinking responsibly does not mean not drinking at all. You can take various actions to ensure that you do not have too much or find yourself in a situation where your BAC has reached a point that makes it dangerous to drive.

Facing fraud charges with a strong defense

If charged with a financial crime, you may be tempted to underestimate the serious nature of what you are up against. After all, if no one was hurt, the penalties may not be very steep. In reality, a conviction for a white collar crime can result in consequences that can change the course of your life. You would be wise to take your case seriously.

One of the most important steps is to learn more about the specific type of charges against you. For example, fraud is a type of financial crime that encompasses a wide range of activities. Understanding the charges allows you to develop a defense strategy that is custom-tailored to your needs and long-term objectives. Even if you do not think the prosecution's case is that strong or you are only under investigation at this point, you will benefit from the guidance of an experienced defense attorney. 

Do you know what to do if police knock on your door?

At least in the initial stages of your contact with police, it's up to you to protect your rights under the United States Constitution. The more you know about your rights, the better off you may be if you end up facing criminal charges at some point in the future.

One of the areas where many people continue to have questions is when it comes to searches and seizures. For instance, would you know what to do if police came knocking on the door of your home? Do you have to let them in? Should you even open the door?

Did a breath test show you over the legal limit

When a police officer pulls you over, it can be a dreaded ending to an otherwise enjoyable evening. You may not have felt as if you had much to worry about because you were not speeding, did not have your phone in your hand and did not consume much alcohol, if any, while out with friends. Still, seeing those flashing blue lights can cause an increased heart rate in anyone.

When the officer approached your vehicle, you remained polite, provided your driver's license and any other requested documentation, and tried to do your best to get out of there quickly. Unfortunately, the officer seemed to suspect that something else was going on. Maybe he or she smelled alcohol or thought your eyes looked bloodshot. Whatever the case, the officer asked you to step out of the vehicle.

New Jersey's new expungement law

When a court convicted you of a minor crime, the judge or your attorney may have explained the consequences. You may have served a short time in jail, paid a fine or spent time on probation. You may have made restitution or completed a drug rehabilitation program. It was not easy, and in fact, some of your obligations may have been inconvenient and challenging.

Nevertheless, you may feel you paid your debt to society, and perhaps you learned something along the way about making choices. What you may not have learned during this time was that your conviction would haunt you for the rest of your life. A criminal conviction, even for minor crimes, can have a devastating effect on your options for the future. Fortunately, a new law in New Jersey is trying to change that for people like you.

Are you facing theft allegations in New Jersey?

Facing any type of criminal charge can come with serious consequences in the event of a conviction. However, each charge and type of crime is different, which means that the repercussions and possible sentences are also different. When charged with a crime, it is important that New Jersey residents understand what is at stake.

Authorities may have recently accused you of some type of theft crime. You may think that the entire matter is a misunderstanding or that the police have wrongfully accused you, but nonetheless, you are in a situation where you must defend against serious allegations in efforts to work toward a favorable outcome.

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