While the majority of these cases involve representation of adults, our law firm has also represented minors in the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The goal of the juvenile system is supervision, care, and rehabilitation to ensure that the community in general is kept safe from harm, the perpetrator takes responsibility for his or her actions, and finally, to teach skills to allow the youth to become a productive member of society.
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New Jersey, like Pennsylvania, maintains laws to protect domestic violence victims. These are temporary (emergency) court orders and often final orders which prohibit the abuser from having any contact with the victim. They are often abused for other motives against domestic partners. In New Jersey there are 2 types of restraining orders: a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a final restraining order (FRO).
There is an increased local and state police presence on all major highways during national holidays
While these summer holiday weekend like Memorial Day and the 4th of July are a time to spend with our friends and family, there is always an increased police presence on the state and local highways in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As we soon begin summer 2022, please keep in mind 5 important legal tips,
One of the first things that clients ask about is “my discovery” but most don’t understand what the discovery must contain and when they’re actually entitled to it! You hire a criminal defense lawyer not only to be your advocate in court but also to advise you about your rights under the law
During the summer, it is common for people to host parties and barbecues at their homes for friends and family. While these are often casual events, the law doesn’t distinguish between a formal affair held at your home and one where persons are sitting around a fire pit in your backyard wearing jeans, sandals or bathing suits. In Pennsylvania, social host liability applies to adults who serve alcohol to minors. Adults are responsible for the consequences of their own drinking but minors are the exception. New Jersey however doesn’t limit lawsuits to minors, but also allows adults to bring claims against social hosts if these individuals leave an event clearly intoxicated.
The constitutional issue of an illegal search and seizure is an important concept especially in cases involving illegal drugs, guns, and firearms. In most cases, this type of contraband is discovered following a home or residence search.
Murder vs. Manslaughter – Former Philadelphia Officer Charged With 1st, 3rd degree Murder & Manslaughter
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Edsaul Mendoza, was fired over the shooting of Thomas “TJ” Siderio, and surrendered on Sunday night. He was denied bail, and now faces first- and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and possessing an instrument of crime.
Drug Dog Searches & Narcotics – When can police use them at a traffic stop in Pennsylvania and New Jersey?
Police in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are now using drug dogs more frequently during traffic stops to determine or confirm suspicions of illegal narcotics within a vehicle.
What should your criminal defense lawyer do at your preliminary hearing? A preliminary hearing isn’t a trial but don’t underestimate its importance in your criminal defense. Frequently assistant district attorneys expect defendants to waive these proceeding in exchange for an agreement to lower bail, dismiss minor charges that were added to the lead charge.