In the United States individuals who have not yet reached the age of majority are generally viewed as juveniles in the eyes of the criminal justice system. The juvenile law system is very different than the adult criminal justice system, and it requires specific expertise on the part of attorneys who handle these types of cases. Juvenile law, for example, consists of different procedures and different laws than the adult criminal system.
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.
Use of drugs and alcohol can often have unpredictable effects on people. Individuals end up doing things that they would not otherwise do while sober. Actions individuals take while extremely intoxicated may lead to serious consequences and in some cases criminal charges.
Landlords regularly share two-family dwellings with tenants, and disputes are fairly common in such settings. A variety of situations involving the agreement between a landlord and tenant could potentially lead to an altercation, and a landlord facing a criminal charge involving a tenant should understand all of the available strategies for a criminal defense.
A Hackensack man and his mother were recently arrested after police executed a search warrant at their Passaic Street home on Aug. 7. The search resulted in drug charges and weapon charges against the 20-year-old man and a child endangerment charge against his 42-year-old mother.
Not all marriages work out, and life can become extremely difficult and emotional once divorce proceedings begin. Police claim that just such a situation recently led to the sexual assault and murder of a woman in Bergen County.
When it comes to alcohol and driving, a momentary lapse in judgment can sometimes result in severe penalties. People who have been charged with DUI can best protect their own rights by turning to a legal advisor who can make sure the full burden of proof lies squarely on the prosecution. That kind of representation is likely what a Jersey City man will need after he crashed his vehicle into a police truck.
Sometimes intoxication is a factor in sexual assault allegations. While there are certainly people who do take advantage of others who are intoxicated, some situations involve hazy recollections and false statements that lead to criminal charges. The fact of the matter is that prosecutors must have hard evidence linking a person to the commission of a sex crime.
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.
September marked the implementation of New Jersey's new anti-bullying law, considered the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation. The law was enacted as a response to the 2010 suicide of a gay Rutgers University student who was spied on by his roommate who used a remote webcam to tape the student's romantic encounter with another man.