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

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