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Category Archives: Misdemeanor

Could a Misdemeanor Conviction Impact a Green Card Renewal?

If you are a U.S. immigrant living in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and are convicted of a crime, it could affect your immigration status. This is especially true if your green card is up for renewal sometime soon, as the presence of a criminal offense on your record could be reason enough for your application… Read More »

Misdemeanors in Pennsylvania vs. Disorderly Person Offenses in New Jersey

Misdemeanors are the lowest level crimes in Pennsylvania, but they still carry with them significant consequences. If you get convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record that will be discovered whenever a background check is performed. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you still need an experienced criminal defense attorney on… 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 »

Woman Arrested in NJ for Carrying Gun with Out-of-State Permit

Fox News reports that a 27-year-old Philadelphia woman was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm in New Jersey during a routine traffic stop in Atlantic City. The woman, who was pulled over for making an unsafe lane change, told officers at the time that she was carrying a firearm. Officers arrested her due to… 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 »

How to Respond to a Misdemeanor Charge

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you will have to answer “yes” on applications that ask whether you have been convicted of a criminal offense. Do not plead guilty to a misdemeanor crime without consulting a Philadelphia misdemeanors attorney. Depending on the facts of your case, your charge may be reduced or dismissed…. Read More »

Pennsylvania’s Criminal Statutes Relating to Theft

The term “theft” includes a broad range of offenses such as: Burglary Robbery Larceny Shoplifting Petty theft Auto theft Embezzlement Theft by deception Identity theft Fraud Looting Deliberately accepting stolen property Penalties for these offenses are serious, and scaled according to the circumstances. If convicted, you could face fines, a prison term, loss of employment… Read More »