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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.

Is Peer Pressure a Legal Defense to a Criminal Charge?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Common Ways Peer Pressure Can Influence Decision-Making Whether you are young or old, peer pressure can influence the decisions that you make. Often, peer pressure can lead to bad decisions that have varying levels of consequences. After peer pressure has led a young person to make a bad decisio...

What Will I Gain By Expunging My Record?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you have a criminal record, you've probably run into stumbling blocks since then. Whether applying for a job, a college or graduate program, or trying to rent an apartment, you'll find that an arrest record can create life-long barriers. Fortunately, the state of New Jersey believes in giving ...

Criminalizing Sexual Extortion

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

The use of sexually explicit images to extort money, sex, or other favors is clearly wrong. But is it a crime? A recent press report indicates that New Jersey lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would clearly make sexual extortion, or sextortion, a crime. The state Senate Judiciary Committ...

Pet Protections in New Jersey Restraining Orders

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Pets can be beloved household members, treated by some owners like they would treat children. Unfortunately, the presence of pets in a household can become a point of contention and control when the household devolves into domestic violence. According to one animal-welfare organization's recent a...

Fighting Arrests for Driving While Black

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

According to a recent press report, a New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill that would restrict police officers from stopping vehicles for minor infractions like a taillight out, failure to use a turn signal, or speeding at less than thirty miles per hour over the limit. Instead, police offic...

Underage Drinking Can Lead to Serious Legal Issues

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

One rite of passage for many teenagers is to have parties while their parents aren't at home. Underage drinking is an all-too-frequent event at these events. While it looks like a blast on television and film with everyone having a great time, underage drinking can turn teenage parties dangerous ...

The Slap Heard Around the World

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

The 94th Academy Awards aired on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood, California. No one expected to witness a battery during the show, a battery that would spur the creation of hundreds of memes, incite controversial conversations, and confront uncomfortable norms. Even the audience present during the ...

Keeping Your Cool Under a Restraining Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

Look, we get it. A restraining order can be frustrating. When you're under one, everything in your life feels harder and more time-consuming. At a minimum, a restraining order can limit where you're allowed to go. An order can make it difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate legal settlements o...

Juvenile Offenses Count Toward 3 Strikes in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Humans have been grappling with mistakes—how many are allowable, how to punish them, what type of mistakes we can forgive and which are unconscionable, and how to stop people from making them in the first place—ever since the very beginning of society. Now, the latest iteration of our attempts to...

Cohabitation Under Restraining Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

A Nightmare Scenario. The possibility of still living together can be a huge question for the person suddenly facing a New Jersey restraining order: Do I have any chance whatsoever of still living with the person who got the restraining order against me? The question looms so largely because rest...

What Happens After Expunging Your New Jersey Record?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

You made a mistake, you served your time, and now you're trying to take back your life and your reputation. While that journey often begins with expunging your criminal record in New Jersey, expungement is just the beginning. If you have a criminal record trailing you, you probably already know t...

Parents of Bullies in NJ Face New Consequences

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the most challenging situations many children have to face in schools today is bullying. When allowed to go unchecked, bullying can create an unsafe atmosphere for everyone in the entire classroom. Social media has allowed bullies to traumatize their victims relentlessly and unchecked. Wh...

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