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.
A conviction on drug charges can carry very serious criminal penalties including jail time and hefty fines. In the past, the friends and acquaintances of overdose victims were too afraid of being charged with a drug crime themselves to seek assistance for those in need assistance. In an attempt to change this, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a new bill into law that is intended to shield the individuals who report drug overdoses from potential drug charges.
During the course on an investigation, police in New Jersey will often perform numerous tasks aimed at discovering the identity of those suspected of a crime, including interviewing bystanders who may have witnessed the event or know something of the situation. In some cases, police will rely on this information to make and arrest, which can lead to charges against a defendant. Whether resulting in a charge such as aggravated assault or a different violent crime, because the stakes are high - and the consequence severe - such evidence must be tested at trial to ensure those charged receive fair treatment.
Drug charges are taken very seriously in New Jersey. Sentencing for individuals convicted of drug crimes, however, can vary dramatically. Factors considered in sentencing include the amount of drugs found on the individual, the type of substance seized, specific drug charge including whether the person is charged with drug possession or drug manufacturing, the age of the defendant, and of course, whether the defendant has a history of drug charges.
There has been an increase in public awareness of sex crimes, which has led to an increase in reported allegations of sexual offenses. However, not every sexual assault charge is warranted, and false accusations, even when made in good faith, can result in serious damage to the reputation and personal life of the accused.
Assault charges can carry serious penalties like fines and jail time, and if the assault is carried out against a police officer, the consequences can become more severe. People involved in violent crime incidents of any kind should understand their rights under the law, as these incidents, depending on the severity, can lead to misdemeanors or felonies on your record.
A witness to the fatal June 2010 car accident involving 40-year-old former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer took the stand in a New Jersey courtroom on Oct. 10 to testify to the circumstances leading up to the collision. The actress was reportedly driving drunk on the day of the accident. She is accused of crashing her SUV into a sedan in Montgomery Township, which caused the death of a 60-year-old woman. She faces up to 30 years in prison.
The consequences of a conviction for a sex-related crime can last long after any prison time is served. For an Irish citizen convicted of possession of child pornography, a visit to New Jersey resulted in a sentence of 100 months in prison with an additional 10 years of supervised release.
A third person was arrested on Sept. 25 in connection with a sting that resulted in a drug charge bonanza in Maywood, New Jersey. The incident raises questions about how police determined who was responsible for the drugs found at the scene and how suspects can successfully defend themselves in court.
When two men were prosecuted for a murder back in 1975, it only took the jury 12 minutes to deliberate and return guilty verdicts. This makes it sound like it was an open and shut case against these men, with overwhelming evidence that the two men were obviously and without a doubt guilty of the criminal charges they faced.