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New Jersey Laws Governing Drugged Driving

While most people are at least somewhat familiar with the laws in New Jersey regarding drunk driving, few know about the laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs. Just like drunk driving, drugged driving is considered a form of intoxicated driving and is punishable with fines and possible jail time. However, the penalties for… Read More »

NJ State Police Conduct DUI Checkpoint Outside of Concert

In late July 2014, New Jersey police conducted a drunk driving checkpoint outside of a Toby Keith concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Starting around 8 p.m., officers began stopping cars that were exiting the show and entering the Garden State Parkway. Officers were looking specifically for drivers who exhibited signs of… 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 »

Two New Jersey Men Charged With Money Laundering

Two New Jersey men were charged with money laundering due to their role in a $1.6 million StubHub ticket scam. The men allegedly sold tickets that were received through illegal means. According to police reports, the suspects resold tickets that were fraudulently obtained by two Russian computer hackers. The hackers broke into nearly 1,600 StubHub… 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 »

Federal Mandatory Minimum Penalties Under Reform

When he was 26 years old, Douglas Ray Dunkins, Jr. received a mandatory sentence of life without parole for his role in a Texas crack cocaine operation. If that operation had involved cocaine powder, the mandatory minimum sentence would have been 20 years and he would now be free. While the decades-long U.S. “War on… Read More »

Several Federal Laws Possibly Violated in George Washington Bridge Closure

If you’ve watched the news even once this year, you know of the probe into involvement by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration in the September 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. The closures tied up traffic for four days, most notably in Fort Lee, New Jersey near the entrance to the bridge,… Read More »

Legalized Recreational Marijuana Breaks Federal Law

On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first state to open recreational pot stores after 55 percent of the state voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. Now, 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Yet every time someone uses the drug legally in one of these states, the… Read More »

Federal and State Drug Laws — What’s the Difference?

It is estimated that drug and alcohol abuse costs society more than $100 billion annually, including for accidental death and injury, healthcare, treatment, and law enforcement. There are laws in every state and at the federal level to combat the drug epidemic, prohibiting the possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs, including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine… Read More »

Pennsylvania Considers Compensation for Prisoners Exonerated in Sex and Violent Crimes Cases

In August 2005, Thomas Doswell was released from prison after serving nearly 20 years for the rape of a 48-year-old woman at a Pittsburgh hospital. A DNA test on semen taken from the victim exonerated him after two decades behind bars. He was denied bail four times because he would not take responsibility for the… Read More »