Everyone knows that when you are arrested and convicted of a criminal offense, there are immediate and obvious penalties: jail or prison time, fines, and community service are common examples. However, if you are a first-time offender you may be qualified for a program known as Pretrial Intervention. This program may allow you to avoid paying certain fines, and can keep you from going to jail. The Pretrial Intervention Program can even keep the record of conviction from your criminal history. However, if you have gone through PTI you may want to explore having your criminal record expunged so that your criminal history does not reflect the original arrest which is not erased after successful completion of the Pretrial Intervention Program.
If you have a criminal conviction, fines and prison aren’t the only consequences. In addition to the official penalties ,which are imposed by the courts, former convicts are also punished by unfair treatment from society — even long after their fines have been paid and their sentences have been served. You might find that being convicted of a crime, no matter how long ago it occurred, is haunting you. Having a criminal history can make it difficult to apply for a job, get into a good school, apply for housing, and even make it difficult to apply for a loan. Even though both the federal and the state governments have designed anti-discrimination laws to try and level the playing field for those with a criminal history, the harsh reality is that many people with criminal pasts find their criminal record continually hinders their life.
How long should a prior New Jersey arrest, charge or conviction continue to negatively affect your life? If you have a criminal history you may feel that your past will never go away. You may be frustrated that a minor municipal offense is holding you back from the job of your dreams, or you did not get into the school you wanted to because of a mistake you made years ago. However, there is some good news. New Jersey allows certain crimes and convictions to be erased or expunged from your record.
In New Jersey, children are entitled to support from their parents. After a divorce, often one parent will have to make child support payments. How much each parent will have to pay is based on the theory that child support should be determined in proportion to the parents’ income and assets. Additionally, the child’s needs will be taken into account when determining how much child support should be paid. All parents have an obligation to support their child. A support award can be increased or decreased as circumstances may arise.
If you have been arrested and convicted of a crime you probably know that having a criminal record can haunt you forever. You may find it hard to apply for a job, for an education, housing, and even loans. Fortunately, there are ways that you can clear your criminal history and make your life a little easier. New Jersey allows a person who has not been involved in criminal activity for an extended amount of time erase or expunge their New Jersey criminal record. You may have been arrested and charged with a disorderly persons charge and now find that a minor lapse of judgment is haunting you from pursuing your goals.
In New Jersey, juvenile records are generally hidden from public view. However having a criminal record can follow you for years and make finding a job, applying to schools, applying for housing, and applying for loans difficult if not altogether impossible. Many people solve this problem by having their criminal record cleared or expunged. Continue reading
Sometimes, being served with divorce papers comes as no surprise to the receiving party – other times, it comes as a shock. Either way, there are certain steps you should take immediately to protect yourself, your rights and your assets. Although for many people, receiving divorce papers is emotionally traumatizing and can paralyze them, it is essential to fight the temptation to just freeze-up. Freezing or dwelling over the fact that the papers have been served will not accomplish anything positive. Furthermore, depending on the nature of the divorce, you may need to protect your interests and finances from your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Continue reading
There are legal remedies available to the heirs and dependents of a person killed in an accident pursuant to New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Act and Survival Statute. A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit that arises when an individual is killed as a result of the conduct of another person. These claims can arise out of negligent, careless, or even intentional conduct. For instance, negligent or reckless operation of a motor vehicle is a fairly common basis for a wrongful death lawsuit. In other circumstances, an intentional act like an assault that leads to the death of an individual can also form the underlying basis for a wrongful death lawsuit. The leading causes of wrongful deaths are medical malpractice, car accidents, unsafe products and workplace accidents. Continue reading
Now that the cold weather has finally arrived here in New Jersey, property owners need to remember that they have a responsibility to guard against slip and fall risks for injuries. Icy and snowy conditions are among the leading causes of slip and fall accidents. Although business owners do have a heavier burden of safeguarding their premises than residential property owners, it is important to know that all property owners carry the responsibility to some degree or other of keeping their premises safe. Continue reading
Winter weather has arrived in New Jersey and bad weather conditions are commonly a factor in motor vehicle accidents. Snow and ice can reduce visibility while simultaneously increasing stopping distances. Therefore, additional care must be exercised when driving in any adverse weather conditions, but particularly winter weather. A car accident in the winter has great potential for harm and liability. Before contacting your or the other driver’s insurance, one additional issue is that insurance adjusters will often attempt to get a driver to admit liability for an accident in snowy conditions in order to avoid paying claims. Continue reading