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Ignition interlock and your DUI: What you need to know

New Jersey drivers charged with drunk driving face a myriad of penalties that can affect their lives in many ways. Even for a first offense, the consequences can be both expensive and inconvenient. If you are charged with a DUI, you would be wise to know what you are up against and to take the necessary steps to build a strong defense.

One of the consequences of a DUI could include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. By fighting your charges with a uniquely tailored defense strategy, you will also be fighting this particular penalty, along with others that might negatively impact your life.

Steps to take if your teen is caught shoplifting

It's easy to believe that your teen will never do anything wrong. It's just as easy to hope that he or she knows right from wrong, as to make the best decisions at all times.

Unfortunately, as you know from experience, teens don't always make the right decisions. There are times when they go down the wrong path for one reason or another.

New Jersey health benefit fraud case convicts 9 defendants

Last month, a 45-year-old pharmaceutical rep from Northfield entered a plea of guilty in a New Jersey federal court, becoming the ninth defendant in a single case to do so. The ongoing investigation focused on those in the health care field who were abusing the State Health Benefit Plan.

This defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to defraud the benefits plan for the state. The pharmaceutical representative admitted his fraudulent actions, which cost the state more than $4 million. He also must repay the fund and forfeit over a million dollars he received in kickbacks for patients who filled prescriptions for specially-compounded creams.

Repeat DWI offender involved in fatal accident

On the same night that a man caused a fatal accident while driving under the influence of drugs, he was also involved in a hit and run crash.

According to recent reports, approximately one hour before his pickup truck struck a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old mother, he crashed into another vehicle and fled the scene driving somewhere in the range of 80 to 100 mph.

Charged with a heroin offense? Know your options.

Facing a heroin charge in New Jersey can be frightening. Your mind may be swimming with thoughts about what all of this could cost you if it turns into a conviction.

One thing to keep in mind is that the arrest is only part of the legal process. You have a right to defend against the charge, and you may have more options than you currently realize. Here are some things to understand and consider.

Things to know about police questioning of minors

As police take a person into custody, they are required to read the Miranda Rights to the person getting arrested to ensure that person is fully aware of his or her rights. The arresting officer must read these rights before taking a person into custody and/or interrogating him or her.

The same applies when it comes to the questioning of a minor. Just because the person is under the age of 18 doesn't mean they lose all their legal rights. With this in mind, police should take a person's age into consideration, as he or she may not fully understand their legal rights or what's best for them.

You see flashing lights in your rear view mirror: What next?

Summertime in New Jersey often includes a lot of coming and going to various beaches, restaurants, concert halls, parks and other public event venues, as residents and tourists alike gather with friends and family for a little fun in the sun. There's nothing like a little rest and relaxation to energize and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Whether your recreation is highly active, such as water games, dancing or sports, or your idea of a great time is to relax and enjoy some good food and a few beverages, if alcohol is involved, there are several things to remember that may help you stay safe (and out of jail).

Are you familiar with the crime of debit and credit card fraud?

Many people are unaware of the fact that debit card and credit card fraud is a form of identity theft. In other words, this is a serious crime that can have serious consequences if you are convicted.

Here are some of the primary elements of debit card or credit card fraud:

  • If you fraudulently obtain, sign, take, buy, sell, forge or use another person's debit or credit card information
  • If you use your own debit card or credit card with the knowledge that it has been revoked, is expired or you don't have the money to pay for the items
  • If you sell a product or service to another person with the knowledge that the buyer's debit or credit card was illegally obtained

Overdose death linked to online synthetic drug pharmacy

Two people have been arrested in Newark when they were accused of selling synthetic drugs online. This online sales set-up has reportedly been linked to the death of one person in Wisconsin last year, when he died of an overdose.

The woman, who comes from Monmouth County, and the man, originally from New York City, were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). They were arrested on charges of possessing controlled substance analogues with the intent to distribute.

Being arrested for marijuana is a big deal

There are people who believe that being arrested for any type of drug crime is a big deal. There are also those who feel that a marijuana-related crime is not the end of the world.

Regardless of your stance on marijuana, here's something to remember: This type of drug crime can land you in hot water with the law. If you're not careful about the steps you take, a conviction could change your life forever.

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