Criminal Defense

Protecting yourself from police misconduct

A Rutgers study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) concluded that minorities stand a greater risk of death from police action than their white counterparts. The research found that police were 2.5 times more likely to kill young...

What makes a search illegal?

The Constitution provides fundamental rights to shield you from overactive police activities. One of the most widely cited examples is the protection against illegal search and seizure. Understanding what makes a search by police illegal may help you assert your...

Racial profiling and traffic stops

New Jersey’s Racial Profiling Policy prohibits police officers from making law enforcement decisions based on ethnicity or race. Having legislation like this in place is only one part of the solution, however, because even though racially-motivated traffic stops are...

Why do people make false confessions?

You probably know about your constitutional right to remain silent when questioned by police. You have no obligation to confess to any crime. It is up to law enforcement to prove your guilt. Unfortunately, some people admit to a crime while questioned by police. Why...

Do you qualify for New Jersey drug court?

New Jersey has a drug court program designed to keep offenders out of the criminal justice system and free from illegal substances. You may be eligible as a resident of Essex County who faces charges related to a diagnosis of substance use disorder. Review the...

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