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So, you’ve been arrested for a DWI and you want to know what you’re up against. You want to know if it’s a crime? You’re wondering if your DWI charge will result in a criminal conviction. Your concern is real…You know that a criminal conviction can have a devastating effect on your career, your future,but most importantly your reputation. You know that it was wrong to drink and drive but you’re not a criminal.You made…
Drug Courts are one of the best things to ever happen in New Jersey. If you get charged with a non-violent crime and are suffering from drug & alcohol addiction,we can all agree that you need some help Drug Court is the last miracle that can help you avoid a trial and keep you out of prison… However, Admission into NJ’s Drug Court program is not easy. After you apply, the Drug Court Judge considers…
Can a DWI be Plea Bargained? First of all, let’s talk about what it means to “Plea Bargain” a case. Suppose you’re driving and a police officer stops you. He issues you FIVE traffic tickets! In addition to speeding, you get tickets for careless driving; illegal turns; passing a school bus & no insurance. When we go to court, we negotiate a “Plea Deal”. This means that instead of pleading guilty to all 5 tickets,…
Can a DWI be Plea Bargained? First of all, let’s talk about what it means to “Plea Bargain” a case. Suppose you’re driving and a police officer stops you. He issues you FIVE traffic tickets! In addition to speeding, you get tickets for careless driving; illegal turns; passing a school bus & no insurance. When we go to court, we negotiate a “Plea Deal”. This means that instead of pleading guilty to all 5 tickets,…
If you get arrested for a small-time misdemeanor drug charge, you can apply to get into the “Conditional Discharge” program. (By the way, misdemeanors in Jersey are called Disorderly Person’s offenses.) A conditional discharge is one of the probationary programs in NJ that helps first-time offenders.  You can apply for the program if you get arrested for drugs & your case is at the Municipal court level. If you get arrested for drugs and your…
What is PTI? PTI stands for Pretrial Intervention. Pretrial Intervention is a “diversionary” program. It’s a way for you to avoid a trial and avoid getting a criminal conviction. If you get into PTI, you avoid a criminal trial and you won’t have a conviction.(PTI is the fork in the road that gives you a “second chance”) You get placed on probation for 1-3 years. Once you complete PTI, ALL of your criminal charges get…
What is PTI? PTI stands for Pretrial Intervention. Pretrial Intervention is a “diversionary” program. It’s a way for you to avoid a trial and avoid getting a criminal conviction. If you get into PTI, you avoid a criminal trial and you won’t have a conviction.(PTI is the fork in the road that gives you a “second chance”) You get placed on probation for 1-3 years. Once you complete PTI, ALL of your criminal charges get…
The terms DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) both refer to the operation of a vehicle while impaired by drugs like marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, morphine, heroin, LSD and alcohol. Yes, alcohol is a drug! Depending on your state, the phrases may or may not be interchangeable and could differentiate the severity of the crime. A DUI is not a crime in NJ. In NJ, a DUI or a DWI mean…
Let us make things easy. Understanding the difference between Simple & Aggravated Assault in NJ will help you with your criminal case. Basically, the difference between the two types of assault depends on two things:1) the damage you do to the victim; AND2) role of the other person within society. Remember the NJ cop example? Well, the same rules apply to other Public Employees. It’s a long list but here are some common examples:EMT employees, Bus…
Terminating Probation in NJ is ABSOLUTELY possible! Under NJ Law (N.J.S.A. 2C:45-2) a defendant may seek a court order terminating probation early.  Our firm will contact your probation officer to confirm that you have complied with all conditions of probation.  We go a step further and draft a memorandum listing all of the reasons why your probationary term should be terminated early.  In our experience, clients have made extremely good use of their time and…