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Flying High in the Friendly Skies

Kid Rock sang about “flying high” and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is making it a reality by permitting travelers to possess small amounts of legal marijuana in their carry-on luggage and travel through LAX.  The LAX Official Site has posted its new policy: While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of proposition…

Marijuana Update  – Where There’s Smoke…

New Jersey remains on the verge of legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.  Legislation may permit marijuana to be used in “consumption spaces” and to be delivered to homes. Check here for a progress update on the effort to legalize marijuana.

Dashcam Videos: To Release or Not Release?

In New Jersey, videos of deadly police shootings are required to be released to the public. In a recent ruling, a divided New Jersey Supreme Court held that a wider category of police videos do not need to be made available to the public. In 2014, police officers pursued and arrested a driver who had allegedly eluded police attempting a…

Marijuana and Expungements: Seeing Through the Haze

The state of Marijuana laws in New Jersey have been in limbo for the past few months.  The New Jersey Attorney General has suspended prosecution for minor marijuana cases pending a vote that will potentially make marijuana legal for recreational use.  Medical Marijuana is already legal here in New Jersey. If marijuana is legalized in New Jersey it will create…

Update on Marijuana Cases – Strike the Match?

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked all County Prosecutors and Municipal Prosecutors to seek an adjournment of any marijuana related offense pending in municipal court, to September 4, 2018 or later.  Today (August 23, 2018), it is being reported that the attorney general’s office will not seek to extend the statewide adjournment of marijuana possession cases…

NOT GUILTY – Attempted Murder

          In March, 2017, Markeith Bryson was arrested and charged with First Degree Attempted Murder and 5 other felony charges, including Aggravated Assault and Weapons charges.  The alleged victim in the matter, Eugene Greshan, was found in possession of drugs and a stolen shotgun.  Soon after being charged, criminal trial attorney Rob Perry began representing Markeith.  Markeith…

Is Bail Reform Coming to Municipal Court?

Beginning in 2017, New Jersey all but eliminated cash bail for those arrested for crimes prosecuted in Superior Court.  Under Bail Reform, those arrested for crimes remain in pre-trial detention based on an assessment of the danger they pose to the community and the risk that they will show up for court, rather than the size of their bank account. …

New Jersey Suspends Prosecution of Marijuana Cases

On July 24, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that effective immediately, all marijuana cases pending in municipal courts statewide have been adjourned until September 4, 2018. Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal in New Jersey.  Possession of small amounts of marijuana, less than 50 grams, are prosecuted in municipal courts as a disorderly persons offense….

Unconstitutional to Suspend License of People too Poor to Pay Fines

FEDERAL JUDGE IN TENNESSEE DECLARES LICENSE SUSPENSIONS FOR PEOPLE TOO POOR TO PAY FINES UNCONSTITUTIONAL On July 2, 2018, Judge Aleta Trauger, a United States District Judge, ruled Tennessee’s systemic use of driver’s license suspensions as a tool to collect fines unconstitutional.  It’s about time. James Thomas was approximately forty-three (43) years old and suffered from multiple disabilities at the…

Attorney STEPHEN J. BODNAR Joins Our Legal Team!

In May, 2018, Our law firm added to its team of diligent, compassionate and aggressive criminal defense attorneys. Retiring from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office with over 20 years’ experience prosecuting cases, Stephen Bodnar adds to the Firm’s already experienced team of seasoned and aggressive trial attorneys.  As an Assistant County Prosecutor, Steve served in the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office’s Trial…

NEW CASE PERMITS RELIEF FROM MEGAN’S LAW FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS

NEW CASE PERMITS RELIEF FROM MEGAN’S LAW FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS Most people view “Megan’s Law” as an umbrella term, but it classically refers to two (2) restrictions: First, there is “Registration and Notification of Release of Certain Offenders,” which generally requires individuals convicted of certain sexual offenses to be classified and registered with the State.  Depending upon their classification, they…

New Case Permits Weekend Sentences For Driving While Suspended

On April 12, 2018, the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision that dramatically alters the sentencing provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:40-26, Operating a Motor Vehicle During Period of License Suspension (Fourth Degree). Ordinarily, driving while a license is suspended is a motor vehicle ticket, albeit one of the more serious tickets in New Jersey.  However, in 2011 the New Jersey…