New Jersey Supreme Court Considers Youth a Mitigating Factor

On December 29, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court released its decision in State v. Cynthia Rivera. In this case, the defendant was sentenced for first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree aggravated assault, and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. Despite the fact … Read More

Defendants Can Require Live Witnesses for Gun Permit Database Searches

On December 27, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court released its decisions in two cases: State v. Jose Carrion and State v. Tywaun S. Hedgespeth. In both of these cases, the defendants were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon … Read More

Possession of Magic Mushrooms Now a Disorderly Persons Offense

The governor of New Jersey has signed a law that makes possession of up to one ounce of psilocybin, also known as “magic mushrooms,” a disorderly persons (misdemeanor) level offense. It was previously considered a third degree indictable crime. In … Read More

Electronic Communication and Domestic Violence

On May 4, 2020, the New Jersey Appellate Division decided C.C. v. J.A.H. In this case, the two parties met in a gym and began texting with one another. Eventually, a restraining order and a criminal complaint were filed against … Read More

Charges for Violating Ban on Public Gatherings

Individuals who violate the ban on public gatherings can face various charges during the COVID-19 shutdown. Across New Jersey, police have been cracking down on public gatherings at homes and businesses. Examples of offenses that police have been charging people … Read More

US Supreme Court Upholds Traffic Stop for Revoked License

On April 6, 2020, the United States Supreme Court decided Kansas v. Glover. In this case, the defendant was pulled over after the officer ran a license plate check on the vehicle, which revealed that the vehicle owner’s license was … Read More

Violators of Stay at Home Order Risk Disorderly Persons Charges

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has announced that law enforcement will be cracking down on those who violate Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” order. An individual who violates the order could be charged with a disorderly persons offense, which … Read More

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