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Supreme Court Upholds Restrictions on Warrantless Auto Searches

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 14, 2015 2:39:00 PM

**UPDATE: Later 2015 NJ case law has changed some aspects of the standard for vehicle searches. While the facts of this case remain unchanged, the controlling legal standards have been updated. Please read our more recent blog post for an updated discussion on warrantless vehicle searches.**

Is it okay if, while a driver is being treated for an automobile accident, a trooper searches his vehicle without his consent, for the legitimate purpose of obtaining his insurance and registration? In a unanimous recent decision, the NJ Supreme Court said “no,” unless the driver is unwilling or unable.[1]

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Topics: Criminal Defense

What are my rights during a New Jersey DUI/DWI stop?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 23, 2015 2:02:27 PM

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) carries stiff penalties in New Jersey because it can be a great danger to the public. A driver can face significant penalties for first, second and further offenses, including fines, suspension or loss of license, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, jail time, or community service. Collateral consequences of DWI convictions can impair your driving freedom, have lasting professional implications, and many other collateral consequences. 

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Distracted Driving or Cell Phone Use Will Cost a Traffic Stop or Worse

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 16, 2015 6:56:00 PM

Distracted driving can be as dangerous as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driver inattention has been a major contributing factor in nearly 750,000 car accidents in the state since 2009 and nationwide, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2012 alone.[1] Cell phone use behind the wheel is particularly dangerous, but any kind of distracted driving is dangerous and may violate New Jersey traffic law.

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Can police search my vehicle during a traffic stop?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 12, 2015 10:00:00 PM
Long summer weekends can mean more law enforcement personnel on the streets. If you are stopped while driving, do you know what you must do, and what you may refuse?
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Topics: Criminal Defense

8 Weird Things You Can’t Legally Do With Your Dad or Grad

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 21, 2015 4:24:40 PM

Today is Father’s Day, so you may be spending some time with your Dad (or father-in-law, or grandfather, uncle, or close family friend). Or it may be graduation weekend for one of your friends or family -- time to finally relax after all that studying and welcome summer! Either way, if you’re celebrating today, take care to avoid breaking the following ridiculous laws.

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Top Five Reasons to Hire a DUI / DWI Lawyer

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 3, 2014 12:00:00 PM

You were arrested for DUI / DWI.  You made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after drinking too much, and now you’re facing the consequences.  You are probably wondering about the long-term implications of your mistake, and you may be considering getting a lawyer to help you handle your case. The simple fact is that if you were involved in a DUI / DWI, you should hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Here are the top five reasons:

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Top 5 Municipal Court Claims

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 13, 2014 3:12:00 PM

Most legal claims in New Jersey are heard by municipal courts throughout the state.  In fact, New Jersey municipal courts take anywhere from six to seven million cases of varying complexity every year.  Municipal courts in towns such as Bernardsville, Bernards Township, Mendham, Far Hills, and Watchung can hear cases involving many different types of legal claims.  These are the top five types of claims that are heard in local municipal courts throughout northern and central New Jersey:

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Topics: Criminal Defense, Civil Disputes