As a New Jersey resident, you should understand the importance of your Miranda rights well before an occasion arises during which you are arrested and questioned by law enforcement officers regarding a criminal matter. As FindLaw explains, there is much more to the Miranda warning than a mere recitation of rights that law enforcement officers are required to tell you when they arrest you. These rights have enormous meaning and consequences, and as established by the landmark 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona, are the foundation of your constitutional right to liberty.
Entering into a plea bargain can be a very useful and practical strategy for a New Jersey resident charged with committing a crime. Before doing so, however, the defendant should know exactly what he or she is agreeing to and exactly what the consequences of that agreement will be.
If you are like most people in New Jersey, you have become aware of the many media stories across the nation that report on alleged sexual abuse or contact between adults and minors. This might include teachers being found in bed with students for example. In some cases, criminal charges are levied against the adult in the matter. Every state has its own laws when it comes to statutory rape or other offenses like endangering the welfare of a child or child lewdness. The age of the youngest person involved often is a factor in determining what if any charges are faced.
If you or someone you know has been accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you might at first be surprised especially if there was no physical contact, violence or harm involved. Your surprise is not unusual and it is important to learn that there are multiple forms of domestic abuse.
Domestic violence in New Jersey is defined as physical, sexual, economic or emotional abuse, actual or threatened, of someone by a person with whom they are having an intimate relationship or have had such a relationship in the past. As FindLaw explains, New Jersey has a Prevention of Domestic Violence Act that is set forth in Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, Section 25-19.
When you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may find that it affects diverse areas of your life, such as your ability to find a job and housing. In some cases, a conviction can be expunged from your record. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we understand that it is important for you to understand this process.
Many people may hear reports about concerns that jails and prisons in New Jersey or elsewhere are becoming too crowded. It can be important especially if you or someone you know has been arrested and may face the prospect of going to jail to understand how many people are actual incarcerated in the state of New Jersey.
In the event you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in New Jersey, you may have wondered about the meaning of certain terms used in the charging documents. For example, when a charge is deemed “aggravated,” it means that the crime committed is particularly egregious.
For someone who is accused of domestic violence, life can become incredibly complicated in different ways. Whether you are involved in a marriage or your boyfriend or girlfriend accuses you of domestic violence, these allegations can be particularly frustrating when you know that they are untrue. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we know how these accusations can lead to dire consequences for people across the state of New Jersey. If you are facing these hurdles on a personal level, you need to be aware of and protect your rights.
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.