Can You Be Guilty of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Without Making Contact?

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In a case of first impression, the New Jersey Appellate Division upheld the defendant’s conviction of leaving the scene of an accident even though the defendant may not have actually made contact with the victim. In State v. Sene, the … 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

Warrantless Entry Permissible Under Emergency-Aid Doctrine

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On July 20, 2015, in State v. Reece, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the emergency-aid doctrine justified the officer’s warrantless entry into the defendant’s home. One exception to the warrant requirement set forth by the Fourth Amendment of … Continued

New Jersey Will Equip State Troopers With Body Cameras

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Starting in 2016, all NJ State Troopers will be equipped with body cameras, according to NJ.com. The cameras are to be used during traffic stops, arrests, and criminal investigations. Jason T. Komninos, Esq. supports the use of police body cameras. … 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

Should I Speak To The Police Without A Lawyer Present?

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In my experience, I cannot think of an example of when it is a good idea to talk to the police without a lawyer. Clients have approached me in the past because they have received a phone call from the … Continued