If you have been charged with a crime, whether it’s a summary offense or a felony, New Jersey trial attorneys can be invaluable members of your legal team. Representing yourself in criminal court is almost a sure way of getting convicted of the crime in question. The law is complicated and only an experienced trial attorney should be trusted with case preparation and presenting your defense to a court of law. One factor that affects the seriousness of your case is the classification of the crime you have been charged with. If you hire an attorney early on, you can review the classification of the crime to plan how you will prepare your defense.
Crimes Against Justice
If a crime is classified as a crime against justice, it means that the crime was committed by interfering with law enforcement or government officials. Crimes against justice can include obstruction of justice, bribery of government officials, and lying under oath. If you destroy documents that are needed for a civil or criminal case, or hide or destroy other evidence, this can also be considered a crime against justice. If you have been charged with this type of crime, consult with a firm that has several New Jersey trial attorneys so you can find the best attorney for your needs.
An inchoate offense sounds complicated to understand, but it’s actually simple. An inchoate offense is when someone tries to commit a crime but is unable to carry out their intentions. Examples of inchoate offenses include conspiracy to commit murder, attempted theft, and acting as an accessory to a crime. If you are charged with an attempted crime, you cannot be charged for the actual crime itself. If you are charged with an inchoate offense, New Jersey trial attorneys can help you prepare your defense.
Crimes Against the Person
Crimes against the person are crimes that physically or emotionally injure someone or cause death. Good examples of crimes against the person are kidnapping, manslaughter, homicide, and rape. Crimes against the person are considered to be serious offenses, so you should immediately meet with New Jersey trial attorneys so you can select one to help you prepare your defense.
Crimes Against Property
Crimes against property are crimes involving property damage or the removal of property from its rightful owner. Examples of crimes against property include arson, larceny, burglary, and computer crimes. Many of these offenses are serious crimes and have serious criminal penalties for convicted offenders. If you have been charged with any crime against property, New Jersey trial attorneys should be your first line of defense.
New Jersey trial attorneys can be valuable sources of legal advice and make ideal advocates for defendants accused of any of the four types of crimes. If you have been charged with a crime against the person, crime against the property, crimes against justice, or an inchoate offense, work with a group of New Jersey trial attorneys to prepare a solid defense for your trial.
With the evergrowing expense of living in New Jersey, everyday people are seeking to relocate to other states for better opportunities and to take advantage of the lower costs of living. With the help of a New Jersey Custody Lawyer and New Jersey Relocation Attorney, this can become a reality. New Jersey Parents who have sole and/or residential custody of their children have the right to be happy, period. Part of that happiness depends on the jobs available to them, the cost of living, the opportunities available to the children, the safety of the community, where their new spouse can be employed and beyond. With that in mind, New Jersey custodial parents have the right to relocate to another state over the objection of the non-custodial parent under certain conditions.
ONCE CUSTODY HAS BEEN DETERMINED IN NEW JERSEY, THE CUSTODIAL PARENT IS THE BOSS
Once child custody has been determined in New Jersey, whether in Hudson County, Essex County, or beyond, an order is an order and with that order, you have the daily responsibility to take care of your child and to seek the best for that child. One thing that many parents are facing is that the cost to live in New Jersey has continued to skyrocket over the years. People are questioning, why are they paying $17,000 on property taxes, why should they live in areas that violence is still pervasive or why should I stay in Hoboken when I can earn the same money in Chicago where the cost of living is much less? Well you don’t have to. You have the right to seek a better life elsewhere.
CRITICAL FACTORS IN BEING ABLE TO RELOCATE YOUR NEW JERSEY CHILD OUT OF STATE
I was fortunate to “make my bones” before some of the leading New Jersey Family Court Judges including: Judge Maureen Sogluizzo, Judge Donald Kessler, Judge Daniel D’Alessandro, Judge Maureen Mantineo and Judge Adam Jacobs. From them I crafted a very effective style in getting people approved to relocate. Some of the most critical factors are:
The move must be made in good faith. The move cannot be made to block the other parent’s parenting time or their bond.
The custodial parent must offer a proposed parenting plan.
The custodial parent must continue to foster the bond between the child and non-custodial parent.
Can the non-custodial parent move?
THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING WITH A SKILLED NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
The Courts of New Jersey follow the rules of the courts regardless if you are a lawyer or not. The Judges will not feel bad for you if you do not know or follow the rules, they will dismiss your case. Once you make a bad impression with a Judge, it is close to impossible to undue. There are excellent family law attorneys available throughout New Jersey. I suggest if you are serious about relocating out of New Jersey with your child, you hire an attorney to get the job done. Aside from that, I wish you the best of luck in achieving the life you want whether in New Jersey or not.
Prosecutors play a central role in the criminal justice system in the U.S.A. Prosecutors are governments’ lawyers who complete cases of the government against defendants. The government has the role to investigate, arrest and charge a person who is suspected of criminal activity and the prosecutor does the work.
A prosecutor is called as city attorney, county attorney or district attorney. The prosecutor is the adversary of a criminal defendant and the attorney. These two have a head to head confrontations in the court.
Drunk driving is one among the biggest killers in the country. Hence, laws in states like New Jersey have strict DUI (driving under influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) is stringent. A conviction for DUI or DWI can drain your financial resources and impair your ability to work.
In New Jersey, a first time offender has to pay $650 dollars or more in various fees and a $3000 insurance surcharge for three years. A convicted offender also has to spend 12 hours in IDRC (Intoxicated Driver Resource Center) and 30 days in prison. A driving license is suspended for one year. A second time offender has to pay $1700 or more in fees, $3000 in insurance surcharges and a driver?s license is suspended for two years. The offender has to do either 48 hours IDRC or a 48 hours jail term. The third term offender has to cough up over $2500, plus $4000 surcharge, and license privileges are revoked for ten years with a mandatory 180-day jail sentence.
DUI attorneys need to be experienced and experts in the field of criminal law. The prosecutor may be facing an experienced criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors have the important task of deciding whether to pursue drunk driving cases in court. The local police hands over the cases to the prosecutor. The prosecutor considers whether the case is legally sound, whether it can be proved and the relevant policies considerations.
The prosecutor or the District Attorney then files the case against the defendant and represents the voice of the government. In drunk driving case, the arresting officer is the key witness. The D.A is very powerful in drunk driving cases, and take the case from the police to the court representing the government in court.
You have just received a “ten day” letter from the NJ Attorney Ethics Committee. Someone has filed a grievance against you, and you are now a respondent in an Ethics matter. A person identifying herself as an Investigator for the Attorney Ethics Committee has given you ten days in which to reply in writing and to provide certain records and documents. Perhaps the grievant was a client or a former client. Perhaps it was an adversary. Hopefully, it was not a judge. You are instructed to cooperate with the investigation.
At this point, you should review your E & O coverage, specifically the notice requirements and terms of coverage. As required, advise your E & O carrier of the pending investigation. Not only may they provide counsel for you in an appropriate case, but your failure to advise them may result in forfeiture of coverage in a potential malpractice suit down the line. With or without insurance, you don’t have much time to respond Ethics.
Intuition says you should exercise your right to remain silent; practice tells you to try to forestall the investigation. Should you cooperate with your prosecutors? Suppose you believe that your documents may actually result in the filing of criminal charges against you? What if the investigator asks you questions whose truthful answers would be an admission of crime. Can they make you testify? What can they do if you don’t? What about the Fifth Amendment?
There are a few facts you should know. The Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE), under the state Supreme Court, is responsible for attorney discipline in New Jersey. It investigates all grievances against all attorneys. If the OAE decides that your case requires immediate attention, or if you happen also to be a defendant in criminal proceedings, the ethics case may be handled directly by the OAE in Trenton. In such a case, the Investigator who contacted you is probably a paid professional. Sometimes, the case originates “automatically” when an Attorney Trust Account check bounces. Those cases, too, are generally handled out of Trenton. It is not often clear from the first letter or phone call.
Most grievances, however, are investigated by the District Ethics Committees, (DEC), whose investigators are attorney volunteers in districts around the state. Following its investigation, the DEC will determine whether discipline may be required. If so, a formal Complaint will be filed. Other times, the grievance is dismissed. Sometimes, in minor cases, you may be offered diversion, a non-disciplinary, conditional resolution of the case. In all cases, you ultimately have the right to a full evidentiary hearing on the charges.
It is important that you know that the OAE has the power to summarily suspend your license merely for your refusal to respond to respond to the ten-day letter. Usually, you will be given a few extra days to comply, if you need them, but your additional or continued failure to cooperate with the investigation (or even the mere appearance of such) can result in additional measures against you, including, in appropriate cases, summary disbarment. While the Ethics Committee cannot put you in jail, it can do something that the criminal courts cannot: it may penalize you for “pleading the fifth”. Unlike the trier of fact in a criminal case, an Ethics Committee Hearing Panel and the rest of the OAE, and even the Supreme Court, may draw a negative inference from your non-cooperation or your failure to appear or produce evidence or from your refusal to testify.
That is because there is no Constitutional, or even statutory right, to practice law – there only a license, not unlike a driver’s license. Where a trade or profession must be regulated by the state, and the practitioners must be licensed, the state may impose conditions and restrictions on that license. Accused violators do not get a jury, and the standard of proof is “clear and convincing,” not the Constitution’s “no reasonable doubt” standard.
Of course, if your ethics case also involves (or may involve) criminal charges against you or your client or someone in your firm, consult immediately with an attorney who has appropriate expertise. The issues are complex, the stakes are high, and there is no standard approach.
New Jersey Attorney Ethics decisions invariably give credit to attorneys who cooperate fully with investigations against them. They generally discipline attorneys who don’t. While you should always have experienced counsel whenever you are the focus of an ethics grievance, if you wish to continue to practice law, cooperation with Ethics is a no-brainer.