Common Types of Criminal Defendants Facing Deportation

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On April 8, 2017, NJ.com published an article with data regarding people facing deportation and the nature of their criminal records. NJ.com found that there were common acts associated with people facing deportation in New Jersey. The most common acts … Continued

Possession of Marijuana Case Dismissed

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On February 16, 2017, I appeared in the Vicinage 2 Municipal Court on behalf of my client who was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 2C:10-A(4) in Teaneck. I previously asked the judge to set a deadline pursuant to State … Continued

Driving While Suspended: Do You Need a Lawyer?

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I have been approached by people who were ticketed for driving while suspended (39:3-40) and went to court without a lawyer. They were caught unaware when the judge suspended their license for another period of suspension or were even sentenced … Continued

More State Lab Tests Mishandled

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The Record reported today that at least 11 other cases were mishandled by State Police lab technician Kamalkant Shah. It was previously reported that Mr. Shah had allegedly faked over 7,000 lab reports involving the testing of possible illegal drugs. … Continued

Appellate Division Remands PCR Appeal for Evidentiary Hearing

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On November 30, 2015, the Appellate Division of New Jersey decided the case of State v. Lepianka. Mr. Lepianka was indicted for two counts of third-degree distribution of heroin, one count of third-degree possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, … Continued

Appellate Division Upholds Denial of Motion to Suppress

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On October 14, 2015, the Appellate Division of New Jersey decided the case of State v. Beerle. This case involved a traffic stop that resulted in the defendant being charged with possession of heroin under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1). The defendant argued … Continued

DWI and Child Endangerment in New Jersey

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In New Jersey, if you are charged with DWI and a child is present in the car, you could also be charged with endangering the welfare of a child under 2C:24-4. DWI and child endangerment charges are both very serious. … Continued

New Change to Municipal Court Rule for Motions to Suppress

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The New Jersey Supreme Court adopted new changes to many of the court rules. Among these changes was an amendment to the rule governing Motions to Suppress Evidence in municipal court. The amended rule is as follows: 7:5-2. Motion to … Continued

NJ Supreme Court Overturns Murder and Manslaughter Convictions

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On August 17, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the murder and manslaughter convictions in State v. Michael A. Maltese. In this case, the defendant was accused of killing his parents. The defendant was read his Miranda rights and … Continued

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