February 2017 Archives

Determining the primary caretaker of a child in New Jersey

Child custody battles are all too common because of the high divorce rate in the country. Due to these battles, courts will need to determine the primary caretaker of a child involved. The laws of New Jersey are similar to many other states, but there are some differences.

Crime stats: Understanding true crime data in New Jersey

You watch the news every night, and it feels like people are constantly being arrested and accused of crimes - with many of them pleading their innocence. As a 40-year-old business professional, you know that an arrest could be incredibly detrimental to your career. But you also wonder if the news paints an accurate picture of what things are like in your home state. To get a better idea, here are some key stats from New Jersey.

Enforcing a child custody order in New Jersey

Child custody is a hot button topic when a couple gets divorced in New Jersey. Both parents will want custody of their children and the discussion could get contentious as both sides fight for the most time or sole custody. Once a child custody agreement has been reached, an order will be issued. Enforcing a child custody order can be done with the following steps.

Update to Graves Act Waiver

Under the current law (Graves Act), for possessing a handgun or rifle a defendant faces a presumptive sentence of five (5) years State Prison with parole ineligibility for 3 ½ years. However, the defense is permitted to submit mitigating factors which could result in a partial waiver of parole ineligibility to one year, or probation and county jail, or probation or Pre-Trial Intervention. 

New Bail Guidelines

New bail guidelines went into effect January 1, 2017 under the new Bail Reform. Many defendants are now given the opportunity of being released on their own recognizance, with and without conditions. In the past, monetary bail was required. One of the purposes of this new reform is to avoid the situation here defendants can't come up with a small amount of monetary bail and remain incarcerated until their trial is concluded. 

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