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Electronic monitoring during parole

If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime in New Jersey and part of your sentence includes time in jail or prison, you may want to learn about your options for parole at some point. As explained by the State of New Jersey, there are many different types of parole and multiple groups that manage parole in the state.

Use of police body cameras

Police body cameras are not necessarily new but have been growing in use over the past several years. Many citizens may not even be aware of the fact that an officer has a camera on their body because these items can be quite small and discreet. It is important for anyone who interacts with law enforcement to know about this and know when a body camera might actually be used.

Sheriff's department to investigate domestic abuse claims

Many people in New Jersey may sometimes feel that the law only applies to a select few. In particular, some may believe that members of law enforcement agencies themselves are not as liable to be charged with crimes and may act in such a manner as to indicate their belief that they are above the law. This, however, is simply not true. The law applies equally to all persons in New Jersey and it is very possible for a police officer or member of a sheriff's department to face criminal charges.

New Jersey's definition of domestic violence

If you have been accused of allegedly perpetrating an act of domestic violence against another person in New Jersey, you may well be confused by this. To many people, a domestic violence charge would include some type of physical harm like hitting or beating a person. If you did not do anything like this, you can understandably be confused by the allegations. Knowing how the state law looks at domestic violence will be important for you when preparing to defend yourself against such charges.

How are bail and bond different?

When faced with the prospect of being arrested, New Jersey residents may have a lot of questions. This can be especially so if you have never before been arrested and have little to no experience with the criminal justice system. Most people have probably watched movies with bail bondsmen as characters but may not fully understand what that really means or if they are real. Just what is bail and what is bond?

Understanding the Pretrial Intervention Program in New Jersey

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in New Jersey, you understandably want to know what is going to happen to you. Will you be ordered to spend time in jail? Will you have to pay high fines? Will you have to perform community service? There are many different scenarios depending upon the nature of the charges against you and whether or not you are ultimately convicted of those charges.

What a restraining order can do

Colorado residents who find themselves accused of domestic abuse or violence charges may end up having restraining orders placed against them. Defendants in these situations should educate themselves about exactly what power a restraining order has. Lack of full knowledge could inadvertently lead a person to violating the terms of an order. If this happens, additional consequences may exacerbate the situation.

How plea bargains work

When a person in New Jersey is charged with a crime, there are several ways that the case may be resolved. One of these is by going to trial. Another is through what is referred to as a plea bargain. The American Bar Association explains that a plea bargain is essentially an out-of-court agreement between a defense and a prosecution. Attorneys generally work together to come to the agreement but defendants must certify that they have been part of the process and that they voluntarily agree to the terms of the agreement.

Understanding criminal expungements

If you are a New Jersey resident with a criminal record, you may wish to seek an expungement. An expungement is essentially the removal of items from your criminal record. If this is approved, it is as though you never had the criminal activity on your record in the first place. Receiving an expungement can be highly beneficial to you when looking for a new job, moving to a new residence, requesting credit, or when wishing to sign up for classes.

Jury selection in process for trial of 14 gang members

People arrested for drug-related crimes in New Jersey can sometimes face additional charges. The drug offenses may or may not have been the primary allegations involved in an arrest. A case involving the arrest of 14 people back in 2013 offers an example of this. The defendants are reported to all be members of an El Salvador gang and based in Plainfield, New Jersey.

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