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

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

New Guidance from Attorney General Regarding Marijuana Cases in Municipal Court

On August 29, 2018, the Attorney General of New Jersey released a Memorandum of Guidance regarding the prosecution of marijuana offenses in municipal court. This Memorandum states that municipal prosecutors may not adopt a policy categorically dismissing marijuana charges. However, … Read More

No Weekend Jail for Third or Subsequent DWI Offenders

On July 13, 2018, the New Jersey Appellate Division decided State v. Pedro C. Anicama. In this case, the defendant pled guilty to a third or subsequent DWI. A conviction for a third or subsequent DWI conviction comes with a … Read More

Common Types of Criminal Defendants Facing Deportation

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 … Read More

NJ Supreme Court Decides State v. Robertson

On March 8, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case of State v. Robertson (A-58-14). In this case, the Court determined the legal principles that should apply when a defendant convicted of DWI seeks a stay of his … Read More

DWI and Minor in the Vehicle

In addition to the DWI Statute (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50), there are two additional statutes that may apply if you are accused of driving while intoxicated while a minor is in your vehicle. N.J.S.A .39:4-50.15 applies when a passenger who is 17 … Read More

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

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 … Read More

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