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What Is Required In Order For Police To Do A Blood Test Following A DWI Arrest?

When police reasonably suspect that a driver operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they have the right under the law to arrest the accused so that more detailed test can be performed, in some instances, even a blood test. This post explores the circumstances in which submission of a blood test may be required. Much of majority of this discussion surrounds protocol for blood testing set forth in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in State v. McNeely.  The case, which is fully binding... Read More»

Frequently Asked Questions With Restraining Orders

Individuals who are the victims of domestic violence often apply for a temporary restraining order against their spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, domestic partner, or another defendant that falls under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. In order to succeed on an application for a temporary restraining order, the plaintiff/victim must demonstrate that an act of domestic violence was committed and that the order is necessary to protect the life, health or well-being of the victim. What Relief Can Be Granted In A Temporary Restraining Order? Temporary restraining orders can seriously interfere with... Read More»

What Penalties & Punishment Can Be Imposed By The Court?

Whether you are in municipal court or the Superior Court in Union County, the court's authority to impose penalties is confined to that which is permitted under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-1 et seq. For the most part, the severity of the punishment hinges on the degree of the offense to which an individual is convicted. In terms of felony charges in NJ, referred to as indictable offenses under NJ Law, first degree is the most serious with second, third and fourth degree crimes falling below. Disorderly persons offenses are the NJ equivalent... Read More»

Understanding Key Terms Under New Jersey Drug Laws

The attorneys at our Cranford Criminal Defense Firm field hundreds of calls each month from individuals charged with all sorts of drug violations. The inquiries range from search issues involved in basic marijuana possession cases all the way up to complex questions about drug kingpin charges. A common item is what certain terms mean as they relate to a particular CDS offense. The following are some of the more popular terms that frequently crop up in these discussions. Controlled Dangerous Substance (“CDS”). Any drug or substance that the sale or... Read More»

Motion To Reduce Bail

Union County Attorney For Bail Reduction Motion Every defendant has the right to seek a bail reduction and most individuals are aware of this right. What they do not realize is that the best opportunity for reducing the amount, changing the type or eliminating a restriction on bail is often at the time of the first bail motion. This is because judges often given significant weight to the decision made on the initial bail reduction motion thereby making it that much more difficult to reduce bail if you don't the... Read More»

Statute of Limitation for Disorderly Persons Offense

When someone violates the New Jersey Criminal Code, a related charge may be filed. The lowest grade of violations are disorderly persons offenses. Typically, these charges are heard in municipal courts like the one in Elizabeth, Cranford, and Westfield. Our attorneys are former municipal prosecutors who have been defending individuals throughout the county for decades. Call us for a free consultation at 908-272-1700. How Much Time Do Police or a Private Citizen Have To File A Disorderly Persons Offense? When someone is charged with an indictable offense, an indictment represents... Read More»

Removing a Restraining Order

If you are the subject of a restraining order and would like to have it vacated, this relief is available under New Jersey Law.  In this regard, a final restraining order can be dissolved, removed and/or vacated in one of three ways. It is crucial to keep in mind, however, that the process of obtaining this relief is both complicated and difficult as it involves a formal petition with the court wherein the defendant bears the burden of proof. If you are interested in seeking to dissolve a restraining order,... Read More»

Bail Procedures in New Jersey

When an individual is charged with an offense under the New Jersey Criminal Code, the court has the discretion to set a bail amount. The purpose of bail is not to penalize and individual but rather to ensure his/her appearance in a criminal case. Accordingly, courts are supposed to set bail at that amount that is necessary to provide adequate assurance that they will appear and no more than that amount. Unfortunately, things don't always work out this way and, when this is the case, our attorneys often establish themselves... Read More»

Another Robbery Indictment in Union County

We appeared in Union County Superior Court today in an ongoing First Degree Robbery case. We were retained in the matter approximately a year ago and are defending a gentleman who was basically a "look out" for what turned out to be an armed robbery in Union County. While the client clearly had knowledge that a robbery would take place, he had no idea that it was going to be perpetrated with a weapon or, for that matter, that one of the participants was going to pistol whip a victim.... Read More»

Union County Burglary Charges May be Coming

Recent reports have been circulating regarding almost 30 incidents of burglary in Union County. The burglaries are believed to be related and the responsibility of an organized enterprise. Participants ring the doorbell to a home while accomplices approach from the rear. If no one answers the door, the thieves break through and burglarize the property. The majority of the burglary cases arise in Westfield, Berkeley Heights, and Mountainside. Thousands of dollars in theft losses are claimed. The law governing Burglary Charges in Union County is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. It... Read More»