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Category Archives: Felonies

U.S. Marshals Service Captures Scranton Shooting Subject

The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced that its Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect in a daylight shooting in Scranton, PA. Nyriq Johnson, 21, was at liberty for just one day before Deputy U.S. Marshals, task force officers, and members of the Scranton Police Department located and arrested him without incident. Johnson is charged with… Read More »

Drug Crimes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: What is Drug Possession?

Pennsylvania drug possession penalties Under the Pennsylvania drug possession statute, the penalties for marijuana possession include a misdemeanor charge, a $500 fine and 30 days in jail for 30g or less. For 30g or more, the charge is still a misdemeanor, but you could face a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. The penalties… Read More »

Wire & Mail Fraud Conviction for ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ Celebs Teresa and Joe Guidice

In January, Teresa Guidice, of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame, began serving a 15-month sentence for mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and failure to pay taxes. Joe Guidice, who took responsibility for the fraud, was sentenced to 41 months in prison. He could face deportation after he has completed his sentence… Read More »

Dozens Arrested For Fake IDs With Use of Technology

Sixty-nine New Jersey drivers were arrested in February 2014 for using false driver’s licenses. The arrests were made in large part due to police officers’ use of new facial recognition technology. This technology was able to distinguish the drivers from the photos on their driver’s licenses, identify key differences and weed out the fakes from… Read More »

What You Should Know About Receiving Stolen Property in NJ

Whenever you buy something second hand or used, you are receiving an item of which you don’t know the entire history. While these transactions are usually harmless, there are times that you might wonder if you are receiving an item that has been stolen — and what kind of trouble you could be in if… Read More »

Different Types of Assault Under NJ State Law

Assault is one of those crimes that people often hear about, but very few are fully able to define. That is because the term is broad and vague, and on a criminal level, charges vary depending on the severity of the assault. In fact, there are different types of assault. Under New Jersey law, an… Read More »

Study Finds Newark Police Violating Constitutional Rights

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has revealed patterns of unconstitutional behavior by the Newark Police Department. Many of these constitutional violations deal with illegal searches and seizures, such as when a police officer enters a premises without a search warrant or probable cause. Newark residents are beginning to take action, as many… Read More »

Plea Bargaining in Federal Court

Plea bargaining, or the practice of pleading guilty to a lesser charge than that originally lodged, is widely used in the criminal justice system to move cases along and lessen overcrowding in jails. It benefits defendants by reducing the charges and the consequences and enables them to quickly put criminal incidents behind them. But this… Read More »

Drug Crimes in Pennsylvania: What to Expect When Prosecuted

You face serious consequences when police prosecute you for the unlawful possession, distribution, cultivation or manufacture of a controlled substance in Pennsylvania. Depending on the quality and quantity of drugs found in your possession, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Drug Strike Force or Drug Task Force may be called to investigate you as… Read More »

Drug Crimes in Pennsylvania: What is Drug Trafficking

The only thing that separates a simple possession charge from a drug trafficking charge is the amount of drugs seized from your home, vehicle or person. If you possess more of a drug than you could reasonably use yourself, it is assumed that you probably will sell the drug to dealers who will distribute them… Read More »