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Legalized weed will still make you fail a drug test

Marijuana users who live in New Jersey rejoiced when Gov.-elect Phil Murphy pledged to legalize marijuana possession within the first 100 days of his administration. But what that actually means in the wider sense is still a bit hazy.

It's important to keep in mind that marijuana use and possession remains illegal on the federal level, and federal drug laws can trump state laws. There is also the issue of workplace drug testing. Nothing in the Governor-elect's proposal says that employers must hire or retain pot smokers.

The penalty for driving under the influence in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, just the same as the rest of the country, driving under the influence is a serious crime.

Simply put, if you're operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 percent or above, you are considered by the law to be under the influence.

Why kids have no expectation of privacy at school

Kids may think that their lockers at school are their private property, but they aren't. They belong to the school. Courts have ruled that when they are in school, young people can't reasonably expect privacy. Therefore, it's not a violation of their constitutional rights to subject them to random searches. The same is true even for students' backpacks.

Two-legged law enforcement officers may not always be able to sniff out drugs, but four-legged K-9 officers often can. Courts have ruled that law enforcement has the right to use these highly-trained animals without a search warrant in areas where people have no reasonable expectation of privacy. That includes instances where a public school requested that a K-9 officer conduct a random drug search.

What to do if your teenager is arrested

It can be a nightmare for parents when they receive a call that their child has been arrested. What should you do?

Of course, it is going to depend on what the charges are, but you would be wise to contact an attorney. Most parents are concerned not only about what is going to happen in court, but they may also be concerned about their child having a criminal record going forward. Knowing how New Jersey handles juvenile cases all of a sudden becomes very important.

Does your child qualify for a pretrial intervention program?

Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps your son or daughter was at a college party and decided to try marijuana. A "one-time" event became more frequent, and then your child ended up arrested for possession.

You may consider letting him or her experience the consequences, but that could jeopardize your child's entire future. Many colleges and universities, including those here in New Jersey, may suspend or expel your child. If he or she obtained a scholarship to go to school, that could be taken away. There may be another way.

Former Atlantic County detective pleas guilty to bank fraud

A detective who formerly worked with the prosecutor's office in Atlantic County entered a guilty plea on Nov. 14 to federal charges of conspiring to commit mortgage fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office decided to charge the 38-year-old woman with bank fraud after conferring with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They'd previously discovered that the woman had not been making payments on a home she'd purchased 15 years ago in Mays Landing.

What do you know about sexting?

Over the last few years, the word "sexting" has found its way into the news more often. In addition to the many celebrities who have been tied to sexting, this happens in "every day" life as well.

There are many things you need to know about sexting, including the fact that it's best to avoid this altogether. If you never get caught up in sexting, you never have to worry if it will have a negative impact on someone else or get you in trouble with the law.

What can you do as the owner of a copyright?

With the digital world continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, a growing number of questions are moving to the forefront in regards to what is and is not considered "original art."

Image manipulation, for example, has moved to the forefront. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that more people than ever before have access to photo editing software, allowing them to alter existing images with ease.

Do you know how a traffic violation can impact your life?

No matter how hard you try, there could come a time when you receive a ticket for a traffic violation. While this is not always a huge deal, you need to learn more about what went wrong and your options for moving forward.

Depending on the type of traffic violation, you may have the right to send payment to the state and let things go at that point. However, there are consequences of doing so. For example, you could receive points on your license, which means that your insurance could increase. Not to mention the fact that too many points can lead to a license suspension.

Drunk driving charges in college: A mistake can really haunt you

Heavy workloads, exhausting schedules, financial stress, the pressure to maintain a social life and keep your grades up -- all the while keeping an eye on the job market ahead -- can put anyone on edge.

Is it any wonder, then, that college students sometimes make a mistake and up behind the wheel after they've had a few too many drinks?

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