Arrested in Essex County, NJ? Here’s What You Need to Know
Posted by Scott Gorman - December 17, 2020
Have you been arrested in Essex County, New Jersey? If so, you are facing jail or prison time regardless of the charge (or charges) against you. But, you could also have several defenses available; and, if you are a first-time … Continued
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Diversionary Programs for First-Time Offenders in Essex County, NJ
Posted by Scott Gorman - November 30, 2020
If you are facing a criminal charge in New Jersey as a first-time offender, it will be important for you to speak with an Essex County criminal defense attorney about seeking entry into a diversionary program. Entering into – and … Continued
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Should You Request a Jury Trial in Essex County Criminal Court?
Posted by Scott Gorman - November 16, 2020
If you are facing a criminal charge in Essex County, you have the ability to choose whether your case will be tried by a judge or jury. If you opt for a “bench trial,” the judge will hear the facts … Continued
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Is Racial Profiling a Defense to Criminal Charges in New Jersey?
Posted by Scott Gorman - September 30, 2020
Racial profiling has long been a problem in New Jersey. In an effort to combat racial profiling, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice has published several resources for law enforcement officers, including an official Racial Profiling Policy and a … Continued
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Following COVID-19 Closure, New Jersey Courts Plan to Restart Criminal Trials in September
Posted by Scott Gorman - August 31, 2020
After months of not holding trials due to the COVID-19 crisis, on July 22, 2020, the New Jersey Courts announced plans to resume criminal trials in September. The announcement does not identify a specific date on which trials will resume, … Continued
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Can You Be Charged with a Crime in New Jersey Related to COVID-19?
Posted by Scott Gorman - July 31, 2020
In New Jersey, authorities are cracking down on individuals who put others at risk, or who threaten to put others at risk, by exposing them to the COVID-19 virus. Prosecutors have been filing charges since the start of the pandemic, … Continued
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Are New Jersey’s Criminal Courts Open During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic?
Posted by Scott Gorman - May 15, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted virtually all aspects of life in New Jersey. As a result of Governor Murphy’s “stay-at-home” order and the federal government’s social distancing guidelines, the state’s economy largely shut down, and, although many businesses … Continued
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Follow the Rules: New Jersey’s Stay at Home Order Means Stay at Home
Posted by Scott Gorman - April 24, 2020
By now, we all know that Governor Murphy has ordered all New Jersey residents to hunker down at home. We can still run out to essential businesses to pick up goodies like prescription medication, wine, and guns, although you’ll need … Continued
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Municipal Prosecutors Can Drop Marijuana Charges. But Will They?
Posted by Scott Gorman - September 28, 2018
On July 20th, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked municipal prosecutors across the state to put a hold on cases involving possession of a small amount of marijuana. Grewal asked for six weeks to provide further guidance as to … Continued
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A Halt on Marijuana Prosecutions . . . For Now
Posted by Scott Gorman - August 24, 2018
Less than two weeks after he was sworn in as Jersey City’s Chief Municipal Prosecutor, Jake Hudnut issued a memorandum that effectively decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Jersey City. Unfortunately, this did not sit well with … Continued
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