Hopefully, you will never get into an automotive accident. Unfortunately, the statistics aren’t exactly favorable. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, over 280,000 crashes occurred in 2013 alone, or about 767 accidents each day. If the worst does happen, it helps to be prepared. In this article, car accident lawyer Joseph Lombardo will explain the steps drivers should (and shouldn’t) take after getting into a crash or collision with another vehicle. Taking the right steps is critical if you plan to file a personal injury claim – and if you want to avoid getting arrested. Continue reading
Rebuilding your life after going through the justice system can be a daunting task. As of 2012, the number of Americans with blemishes on their records was a whopping 100.5 million according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. As anyone with a criminal record will tell you, mistakes made in the past can result in discrimination in the present. However, it may be possible to seal your record with an expungement. Continue reading
In a landmark victory for gay rights, the United States Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage is a protected right for Americans in all 50 states under the Constitution. In the majority opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” The written opinion further stated, “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Family law lawyer Joseph Lombardo covers the story.
Are Juvenile Records Sealed?
Often the answer is no – especially if you or a child are arrested for a serious offense or even felony charges. A conviction is a tough experience for both the offender and family. Teenagers make mistakes and often find themselves on the wrong side of the law. They go through the judicial process, juvenile defense, pay fines and sometimes serve time as punishment for their errors. What’s worse, is that after the ordeal is over, they find themselves fighting an uphill battle in their college applications and careers, with a criminal record that hangs like a shadow over their lives.
There’s both good news and bad news for people with expunged criminal convictions who are thinking of immigrating to the United States. The bad news is that even if your record is sealed, certain convictions can still prevent you from successfully obtaining citizenship. The good news is that there are exceptions to this rule, and it may be possible to legally enter the U.S. even if you have a sealed criminal record. In this blog post, expungement lawyer Joseph Lombardo will explain how it’s possible for a sealed record to be reviewed, some of the convictions which can block you from entering the United States, and scenarios where it may be possible to gain entry by obtaining a waiver.
Cell phones can be immensely useful and entertaining — sometimes, to a dangerous extent. As cell phone use continues to rise, so do the potential hazards of distracted drivers getting behind the wheel. Effective beginning July of 2014, the state of New Jersey will impose increased fines for drivers talking or texting on mobile devices while driving. What do you need to know about cell phone traffic violations and their penalties in New Jersey?
The sexual abuse of a vulnerable patient is one of the most reprehensible and abhorrent forms of misconduct medical malpractice can take. This month, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners ruled Flanders, New Jersey neurologist Dr. Jonathan Fellus abused a 33-year-old female patient suffering from a brain injury. His medical license has been revoked, and will not be eligible for reinstatement for another three years. Dr. Fellus is also facing a civil lawsuit.
DWI and DUI checkpoints are a subject of ongoing controversy. Their proponents feel they are a perfectly reasonable safety measure which curb fatalities and boost road safety. Their detractors say they are invasive, unnecessary, and downright unconstitutional. But, like it or not, such stops are upheld in New Jersey. Last Sunday, a massive post-concert checkpoint screened nearly 200 motorists outside the PNC Bank Arts Center — but happily, resulted in no DWI arrests. What should you do if you’re stopped at sobriety checkpoint in New Jersey? Continue reading
We’ve all rolled our eyes at frivolous lawsuits, but this one really breaks the bank. No — really. Even the most outraged claimants tend to gain some embarrassed self-awareness around the nine-zero mark, but Anton Purisima has no patience for silly thousands, millions, or billions. He wants undecillions. Never heard of that word? Don’t worry — that’s only because it’s a brain-melting eight levels above one trillion. And Mr. Purisima would like two of them, please.
Craigslist is to forums what Facebook is to social media: the undisputed king. More than 60 million people from around the world browse through Craigslist every day, so of course, a few of them turn out to be dangerous. But in an unlikely twist to the expected story, Craigslist itself wasn’t the fatal factor in this murder case: it was simply a link in a chain of tragic events. A Camden woman was found murdered in Monroe Township after making arrangements to purchase a car via Craigslist. Though the suspects initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, they eventually confessed to burying Fatima Perez alive.