Author Archives: Joe Lombardo

Can I Join the Military with an Expunged Record?

Having a criminal record attached to your name can create serious obstacles when it comes to applying for loans, housing, and employment opportunities, including careers in the United States Armed Forces. However, if you meet certain eligibility requirements, you may be able to seal your record through a legal process known as “expungement.”  In this blog entry, New Jersey expungements attorney Joseph Lombardo will explain how expunging or sealing your criminal record affects your ability to enlist in the U.S. Military.

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What Happens at an Expungement Hearing in New Jersey?

Having a criminal record attached to your name can be a major obstacle to getting a job, which can harm your career and lead to financial hardships.  However, you can seal your record by applying for something called an expungement.  Once your record has been sealed, in most situations you can legally tell prospective employers that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.  In this blog entry, Cherry Hill expungement attorney Joseph Lombardo explains what to expect at a typical New Jersey expungement hearing.

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Can an Expunged Record Be Found in a Background Check?

In a perfect world, convicted offenders would pay their fines, serve their time, and reintegrate smoothly back into society.  Unfortunately, this is seldom the way it really goes.  Many ex-offenders find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of employment discrimination and consequent financial hardship, all because they have a criminal record attached to their name.  An expungement will seal your criminal record — but just how robust is that seal’s protection?  If a potential employer runs a background check, will they find your record?  Vineland expungement attorney Joseph Lombardo explains.

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How to Get a Marriage Annulment in New Jersey

If you get a legal separation in New Jersey, you and your spouse remain married.  If you want to end the marriage, there are two options to choose from: divorce, and annulment.  While divorce is more common, there are still valid reasons why an annulment might be better for your marriage. What are the differences, and how do you start the process?

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NJ Traffic Violation Stop Leads to Deadly Police Shooting

On Tuesday, January 20, the Bridgeton Police Department released footage showing a routine New Jersey traffic violation stop that turned deadly.  As medical examiners continue to investigate the use of deadly force in Upper Deerfield resident Jerame Reid’s death, local civil rights activists are calling for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office to turn the case over to the New Jersey Attorney General.

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How to Terminate Parental Rights in New Jersey

New Jersey law holds that in the event of the divorce, the non-custodial parent still has parental rights which allow for visitation.  However, sometimes there are situations where one parent is worried that the other parent could endanger, hurt, or neglect their child.  When this is the case, the concerned parent may need to protect their child by taking away the other parent’s parental rights. Mays Landing divorce lawyer Joseph Lombardo explains how to terminate parental rights in New Jersey, including reasons the courts will consider and how to file the necessary petition.

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NJ Appellate Court Approves Disclosure of Confidential Witness Information

A New Jersey grand jury indicted defendants Jose Sanchez and Lixandra Hernandez on first, second, and third degree drug offense charges related to cocaine sales.  The indictment was based on evidence supplied by a confidential witness, who reported purchasing cocaine from Sanchez and Hernandez on at least three occasions.  But on January 12, 2015, a New Jersey appellate court in State v. Hernandez affirmed a ruling that prosecutors handling the case must disclose witness information to the defense, including information pertaining to other cases involving the witness. Despite several objections raised by the prosecution, a three-judge panel comprised of Judges Thomas Manahan, Clarkson Fisher Jr., and William Nugent affirmed the disclosure, defending many of the requested documents as discoverable.

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How can a New Jersey Teen sue her Divorced Parents for College Tuition?

The reports of the New Jersey college student who sued her divorced parents for college tuition – and won – has been widely reported in the local press and has even received some national attention. While many of these articles do a good job of discussing the facts and circumstances that lead to the successful lawsuit, a number of them fail to address the interesting legal questions that this case suggests. For instance, what is the legal basis that permitted Caitlyn Ricci to successfully sue her parents for college expenses? Furthermore, what lessons does this case offer in regards to the handling of a divorce or dissolution of a marriage? This post aims to answer these questions. The Lombardo Law Office, as always, remains committed to providing both education regarding the law and skilled legal advocacy.

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Can Police Search Your Phone without a Warrant?

Cell phones help to make modern life possible, but they can also make our private details public.  In addition to the slew of security breaches and malicious hacks that seem to plague smart phone users, there’s another way phones can expose your personal information, too: police searches. Everyone knows that police need a warrant to search through your home — but what about your text messages, photos, phone calls, and internet searches?  Does your digital information enjoy the same Constitutional protections as your physical possessions?  It’s an issue that’s stirring up controversy right here in New Jersey, with one drug distribution case in Monmouth County shining new light on a legal precedent which has stood for decades.

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