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FAQs about ignition interlock devices

The consumption of alcohol can often lead to poor choices. One of the first mistakes people who have been drinking make is deciding to drive while they’re intoxicated.

In a sober state, everyone knows that drunk driving is hazardous. However, once they’ve had a few drinks, their judgment becomes clouded, and it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. That is until they get pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Is your divorce a fault or no-fault divorce?

If you’re considering divorce for the first time, chances are that you have never thought about whether your divorce was a fault or no-fault divorce. All you may know in the early stages is that you want to begin the process of legally ending your marriage.

In New Jersey, your divorce is either a fault or no-fault divorced. Simply put, someone or no one is to blame. However, the law is unsurprisingly more specific.

What to do when a loved one is arrested

A family member or other loved one, let’s say a friend, is arrested. You’re likely to feel scared and helpless and your friend probably feels the same, multiplied many times.

You now have some simple freedoms your friend has mostly lost, such as making calls, using the internet, and getting answers to your questions. Here are a few things you can focus on to help your loved one when they’re less able to help themselves.

What qualifies as reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop?

Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests are not uncommon. In the year 2016, law enforcement agencies around New Jersey arrested an average of 64 people on suspicion of DUI every single day, according to state figures. In total, more than 23,500 motorists found themselves in custody and accused of DUI that year.

Was every single one of these arrests, however, actually lawful? Maybe not. And the reason might go back to the very first moments of the traffic stop.

How to help your kids through your divorce

Children can amaze us in many ways. Whether they are creative, top-notch students, or impressive in another way, your kids are likely some of your greatest treasures.

Unfortunately, children often cannot understand adult relationships. This is evident during the divorce of a child’s parents. A divorce can disrupt a child’s sense of normalcy and make them feel different from the other kids in school who have non-divorced parents.

Criminal hit and run charges carry heavy consequences

Accidents are scary. Maybe you caused a car accident and whether out of fear, confusion or guilt, you fled. You rationalized leaving perhaps because you were driving without a valid license, were texting or drinking while driving. Maybe you didn’t have insurance or had an outstanding warrant for your arrest. You figured if you fled the scene that you would avoid legal ramifications.

Vehicular hit and run is a criminal offense. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one hit-and-run crashes occur every minute on American roads. More people than ever are turning a blind eye to causing car crashes. However, while leaving the scene of an accident may seem tempting, doing so can often lead to heightened consequences.

Tips for pre-divorce planning

You’ve been trying to make your marriage work for the kids. Unfortunately, you and your spouse have not been getting along. You’re thinking about a divorce, but you don’t know where to start. Here are some factors that are worth considering.

Keeping track of finances

Facing Police Interrogation

What usually happens when a suspect is confronted by police? Or when the police ask the suspect to "come down to the station"? What I usually see in my practice is that in spite of the "Miranda" warnings we all hear about on TV, suspects don't listen to those warnings and they talk, and by talking they damage their criminal cases for the long term.

Are New Jersey police using the breathalyzer test properly?

While breathalyzer tests are common practice throughout New Jersey, these tests also must be used properly in order to be effective. Police must be trained in how to administer and interpret the tests correctly, in order to protect the driver's rights. A recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling has found that one officer in particular was not calibrating the breathalyzer tests properly, which resulted in more than 20,000 breathalyzer tests being eliminated as evidence. 

New Jersey tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

Running a business can be hard work, and you likely want to spend as much time as possible on your core strategies. That could mean hiring someone to help you file all your tax reports—for the business, your employees and yourself. But what if that person steers you wrong?

The District of New Jersey recently arrested a Linden tax preparer for charges of tax fraud and tax evasion. The press release suggests that in addition to hiding his own profits, the man had helped his clients cheat their taxes. On their behalf, he listed fake charitable contributions, claimed fraudulent business expenses and invented business losses.

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