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Your Resource for New Jersey Criminal Defense News and Information


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.

Domestic Violence Defense Essential to Fairness

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

A candidate for Matawan, NJ town council was recently arrested on domestic violence charges, which resulted in his removal from the ticket prior to the election and prior to any trial or plea by the accused. Domestic violence is a serious issue with devastating consequences for families and commu...

Teens and Cyberbullying Accusations

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

Many people's first experience with being accused of criminal wrongdoing involves minor shoplifting infractions. Kids and teens may become curious about testing their boundaries and slip something small, like candy, makeup, or a toy, into their pockets to see if they can get away with it. Oftenti...

Strict Parenting or Child Abuse: the Franke Case

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

Ruby Franke is an enormously popular family vlogger who is now facing criminal charges for some shocking—and criminal—behavior. A YouTube celebrity with over two million subscribers, Ruby Franke came to fame in 2015 when she began posting videos of her family, offering tips and a tough-love philo...

Jersey City Wins Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Cities often house diverse populations that bring their own attitudes and approaches to human interaction—from expressions of love to expressions of anger. Sometimes, The Jersey City, New Jersey Health Department recently won a grant that may help combat domestic violence in communities in the ci...

A Domestic Violence Charge Just Might Cost You Your Job

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

It is well understood that criminal defendants in the U.S. are presumed to be innocent if/until they are proven guilty of wrongdoing. Yet, sometimes, being charged with a crime – even if a judge or jury has not yet determined whether an individual is guilty or innocent – can lead to profound cons...

Court-Ordered Restraining Order: What’s Next?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

It comes as no surprise that being charged with sexual assault or stalking can have serious long-term consequences. Your personal and professional reputation can be tarnished, and if you work in education or healthcare, the accusations may put your job or professional certification at risk. But o...

Do Curfews Actually Curb Crime in NJ?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Juvenile curfews are spreading across NJ, with teens from Sea Isle City to Long Beach restricted in where they can go after dark without an adult. The reason? There's a growing concern over juvenile crime rates in NJ. Proponents believe that curfews keep juveniles safe and reduce crime levels, bu...

Bank Fraud Gift Card Operation in PA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

In a recent development out of Pennsylvania, two Dauphin County men, Tyreese Lewis, 22, of Harrisburg, and Carl Gonzalez, 19, of Highspire, were arrested and charged with an elaborate bank fraud operation. This operation allegedly involved impersonating both bank employees and customers, leading ...

NJ Animal Cruelty Case Exposes Risk of Accusation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

Animal cruelty is one of those crimes that can be an indicator of propensity to commit other violent crimes. In fact, studies have shown—and law enforcement subscribes to the idea that—there exists a link between animal cruelty and human violence. An animal cruelty accusation can cast a long shad...

Are You Being Accused of Parental Alienation?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Divorce is never easy, especially if you and your former spouse have children. Trying to figure out how to co-parent adds another complication, even if you and your ex are still on good terms. In some situations, one parent may even be accused of trying to turn the kids against the other parent—k...

Kidnapping Hoax Lands Alabama Woman in Deep Trouble

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

As expected, law enforcement agencies take reports of kidnapping very seriously. In fact, such instances often garner the help of the public to share photos of the victim on social media in hopes of guaranteeing a safe return. The same fastidiousness, though, is placed on those who submit false c...

Elected Official Charged With Domestic Violence

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

Just across the Delaware River from New Jersey in neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania, a member of the city council was recently charged after she reportedly “slapped, punched and head-butted someone” at her home “multiple times.” Arrested by police who were called to her home, she pleaded not guilt...

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