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New Jersey juveniles suspected of smashing windows

A New Jersey town was recently victimized by a spree of window smashing that resulted in quite a bit of property damage. Police were first dispatched in the Hillsborough Township late in the night after receiving a report about a rock flying through a residence's window. They did not find any suspects at the first house, but another report came through shortly thereafter, indicating that it was not an isolated incident.

Legal defense for New Jersey DUI charges

There is absolutely no such thing as being too careful if you are accused of or charged with driving under the influence. Police have many ways to attempt to prove that someone is intoxicated while operating a vehicle, but you should know that you always have rights, and there are legal defenses to everything. No matter how dire the situation may seem, the right defense and the help of a legal professional can help you avoid being wrongfully convicted.

Is sexting illegal?

Over the last few years, thanks to advances in cellular phone technology and functionality, there has been an increase in people taking and sending lewd or suggestive photographs of themselves to others. The process has been dubbed as sexting, and it is now a relatively large part of our culture. Many celebrities and politicians have been caught up in nude photo scandals, but because the concept is so new, there are not a great deal of laws that address it.

Woman accused of drunk driving in New Jersey

It is important to remember that any motor vehicle incident immediately becomes much more serious if there are alcohol accusations involved. Because of this, it is imperative that you take legal action in your defense to minimize or avoid a DUI conviction. Consulting with an attorney can help you gain a better understanding of your legal rights in a dui case, as well as how you can build a solid defense to prove your innocence.

Understanding embezzlement

Many people may not be familiar with so-called white collar crimes, but just because they are not well-known does not mean that they should be taken lightly. White-collar crimes include charges such as embezzlement or fraud, and if you are charged with such a crime, it is highly recommended that you take action in your defense as quickly as possible. Being convicted of a white-collar crime can come with steep legal penalties, and it will almost certainly have a negative impact on your career.

Respecting the consequences of juvenile traffic violations

It is a common stereotype of young people that they act reckless in many situations, including regarding legal accusations. This may be due to ignorance of the law or a lack of respect for consequence, but whatever the reason, all youngsters still know that they are not above the law. As a juvenile, you may not want to concern yourself with legal issues, and you may even hope that if you ignore the issue it will go away. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Three New Jersey residents charged with drug possession

If you are arrested and charged with drug possession, you may think that all hope is lost. After all, when police clearly find you with drugs or drug paraphernalia in your possession, there is little left to ambiguity, right? It may surprise you to learn that being caught and arrested with drugs or drug paraphernalia is not necessarily the end of the road for you. There are many different legal options that can be employed in order to reduce the charges or even have them dropped.

Three people were recently arrested in New Jersey following a two-month investigation. Police searched the home in which the three were living and discovered a gun and a plethora of drugs, including marijuana, drug packaging paraphernalia, Oxycodone pills and Xanax. The three were arrested, charged with drug possession and possession with intent to distribute. It may seem like these three are facing grim circumstances, but all hope is not lost.

Defending against New Jersey sexual assault charges

When people are facing sexual assault charges in New Jersey, it can be truly frightening for them. A conviction for sexual assault can have life-changing consequences. In addition to a long period of imprisonment, the person who is convicted of such a charge faces a potential of lifetime registration as a sex offender. They may additionally have permanent problems finding housing and employment, long after any period of incarceration has been completed.

There are several possible defenses to a sex assault charge, depending on the facts of the case. In some cases, people may defend against the charges based on actual innocence. For example, they may have an alibi that clearly demonstrates it would have been physically impossible for them to have committed the crime. In other cases, the person may have been wrongly identified by the alleged victim. Challenging the identification and presenting exonerating evidence such as DNA can effectively end the ongoing case.

New Jersey man charged with drunk driving

New Jersey authorities reported that a 28-year-old man who was accused of being involved in a drunk driving car crash on April 12 was charged. They stated that no one was injured, but the other vehicle sustained extensive damage.

The accident reportedly occurred in the northbound lanes of Avenue C at the intersection with 52nd Street in Bayonne at 1:01 a.m. The accused man was driving a 2011 Ford Edge in the right lane when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light, side-swiping a 1994 Mustang that was sitting stopped in the left lane. The man reportedly did not stop until he reached the next corner.

Dealing with allegations of statutory rape in New Jersey

New Jersey courts and law enforcement authorities take rape very seriously. Allegations of statutory rape fall into the category of sex crimes. It's important to understand how statutory rape is viewed under the law. If there are sexual relations with a person who is younger than the 'age of consent" under the law, that means the person who was underage was not legally able to agree to have sex.

With statutory rape, one person need not have forced the other to take part in the act. In that respect, it is different from other kinds of sexual assault such as forcible rape and the molesting of a child. The person who is underage might have agreed to take part. However, since they aren't of a legal age to give consent, it is still a crime. If the underage person is forced, there could be a more serious sexual assault charge filed.

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