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Knowledge is power, and this blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on New Jersey Criminal Defense, related topics, and criminal law in general.  It's our goal for you to use the information on this site, including the individual practice area pages, to help you understand your rights, obligations, and the best course of action for your New Jersey Criminal Defense case.

New Jersey Bans Quotas For Arrests and Citations

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

The quota system of law enforcement in New Jersey is dead. Gov. Phil Murphy killed it with a stroke of his pen Oct. 7 when he signed SB 1322. The law took effect immediately. New Jersey state, county, and city law enforcement agencies are prohibited from establishing quotas for arrests and citat...

When Restraining Order Violations Become Criminal

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

Restraining orders are a useful tool for judges to control seemingly dangerous situations between people without the need for separate criminal charges. While an initial restraining order is not a criminal matter, any violations of the restraining order can result in criminal charges. If you are ...

Neighbors and Restraining Orders

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

Restraining Order (RO) law in New Jersey is pretty specific as to who can seek and obtain a restraining order. In many cases, those who are interested in seeking an RO are not able to as they don't qualify under state law. If you are a neighbor of someone seeking an RO, then you have legal option...

Dropping a Restraining Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

If a restraining order is granted by a judge, then getting it dropped later can become tricky for the petitioner if he or she has a change of heart. Time is of the essence in restraining orders, and the longer a petitioner waits, the less power they have over the process. Once a final order is gr...

How Prior Restraining Orders Can Affect a Current Case

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Restraining Orders (ROs) are a powerful tool for alleged domestic or sexual assault victims. ROs are powerful enough to stand without a separate criminal case. When a RO is granted or denied, the history of that case can affect future cases, which can sway the judge's opinion on certain issues su...

Zoom Justice

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust legal practice into the future in many ways. Courts have advanced decades in the span of about a year in the implementation and use of technology to operate courts and continue to dispense justice. One major change that many have witnessed is the increased use of ...

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