Legalized Marijuana and Car Accidents

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The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has reported that car accidents have risen by about 3% in states that have legalized marijuana. The HLDI stated that: “More drivers admit to using marijuana, and it is showing up more frequently among … Continued

Jason T. Komninos, Esq. Featured at Fairleigh Dickinson Seminar on Drugs and Ethics

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On June 14, 2016, I participated in a seminar titled “Drugs and Ethics in Municipal Court.” This seminar was a part of a series of continuing legal education seminars at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The seminar featured a distinguished panel of … Continued

US Supreme Court Rules Prolonged Traffic Stop Unreasonable

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On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Rodriguez v. United States. The case involves a dog sniff conducted after the completion of a traffic stop. In this case, a K-9 officer pulled Rodriguez over after watching his … Continued

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Search and Overturns Pena-Flores

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On September 24, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling in State v. Witt which overturned the Court’s previous ruling in State v. Pena-Flores regarding police searches of automobiles. In State v. Pena-Flores, the defendant was placed under … Continued

Odor of Marijuana and Probable Cause

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On September 8, 2015, the Appellate Division of New Jersey decided the case of State v. Myers. In this case, the defendant was arrested for a marijuana offense. The defendant tried to argue that since medical marijuana is now allowed … Continued

ICE Conducts Targeted Enforcement in New Jersey

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On July, 6, 2015 it was reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted an enforcement effort in New Jersey. The three-day effort resulted in the arrests of 69 aliens with criminal convictions. Arrests were made in multiple cities such … Continued

Police Not Exempted from Search Warrant Requirement in State v. Wright

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On May 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey decided State v. Wright. In this case, a landlord discovered drugs in a tenant’s apartment after letting himself in with a plumber to repair a leak. The landlord called the … Continued