Authorities use the term ‘exigent circumstances’ to describe a situation necessitates a warrantless search and/or seizure of a suspect’s property, including their bodily fluids. This usually applies in emergencies when police know someone is in imminent danger of harm. Cops bust down doors without search warrants because waiting to do so could put someone’s life in jeopardy. In the wake of an important U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the definition of exigent circumstances as it applies to DUI stops may have changed forever. Continue reading
The following is a post from Paul Young, Managing Partner of Young Klein & Associates. A criminal defense law firm located in Bucks County, PA.
Police images from your arrest for public drunkenness a few years back keeps showing up in search engine results and on mug shot websites all over the Internet. Your face is everywhere – along with your personal information. You contact the websites to take down the pictures, but they won’t budge. Some offer to remove them for a fee, but that’s sounds like extortion. Are mug shot websites breaking the law by profiting from your youthful indiscretions? Our criminal attorneys examine the relevant laws to find the truth. Continue reading
The following is a guest post courtesy of Darwin Overson, a Salt Lake City DUI attorney.
DUI checkpoints, breathalyzers and field sobriety tests are all tactics employed by state and local police in New Jersey to detect those operating under the influence. How effective are these methods? Depends on who you ask and the type of equipment authorities use. On the heels of a judge’s ruling that overturned more than 20 alcohol-related convictions in neighboring Pennsylvania, police have reexamined their strategies for handling DUI suspects. Do you need a corresponding change to protect your rights? Our DUI lawyers explain. Continue reading
Spring is here, which means more motorcycle accidents and serious injuries. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true. When the weather warms up, motorists need to prepare themselves to share the road with motorcycles, but many choose to ignore them until it’s literally too late. Think it’s all the motorcyclists’ fault? Here are number of ways we can all reduce our accident risk without sacrificing our mutual right to the road. Continue reading
If you’ve been arrested, it’s best to understand the bail procedure so you can be released from jail on bond as quickly as possible. Bail is set based on the charges against you and the severity of the crime accused; it can only be changed by a judge. Waiting to be heard by a judge can add long hours to your holding time. The judge will determine if the bail set for your accused crime is accurate based on a few governing factors: are you a threat to yourself or others, the severity of re-occurrence of the offense and certain ties you may have to the community. Continue reading
Spousal support, more commonly known as alimony, can be financially crippling if you suddenly lose your job or suffer an income-reducing demotion. The monthly payments remain the same, and eat up an even larger percentage of your income, which goes to your former spouse. Adjusting your alimony in New Jersey can be difficult without an experienced family law attorney working on your behalf. What can you do to help the process along and sway the judge to your favor? We explain the basics of alimony reduction. Continue reading
Tripping and falling down in a public place is embarrassing. The second it happens, you just want to be invisible, and you pray no one had a cell phone out to the film the crash. If you’re lucky enough to have someone to help you up, you may be quick to make an excuse for the incident – should’ve watched where you were going. The soreness happens immediately, but you dismiss it. You fell down; of course, you’re in a little pain right? Ignoring those early symptoms, and not telling anyone about the hazard that caused your fall, could leave you with a serious injury and no way to obtain rightful compensation for your damages after your slip-and-fall accident. Continue reading
Sperm donation can provide a means for couples who can’t conceive a baby themselves to experience the miracle of life and become parents. It’s a gift, and a very special one for a couple whose tried time and again to conceive without success. In many states, laws are in replace to protect the identity of male donors and exempt them from parental responsibility. In January 2013, the state of Kansas filed a lawsuit against a male sperm donor, William Marotta, for child support of the baby he fathered on behalf of a lesbian couple back in 2009. The state Department for Children and Families seeks to have Marotta declared the father after the couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, broke up. They’re seeking more than three years of back support obligations. Sound crazy? Continue reading
A new bill proposed by the New Jersey legislature would curtail the ability of ex-spouses to receive permanent alimony after the dissolution of their marriage. According to the Asbury Park Press, the new regulations, constructed with bipartisan support from Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth) and Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), places caps on the length of spousal support dependant on how long the two spouses were married, as opposed to an examination of income alone. The change has many in the state cheering for what they feel is long overdue reform to a system that can lock ex-spouses into supporting their former partners financially for the rest of their lives – even if they lose their job, even if their income drastically shrinks due to a demotion or new position. Continue reading
The engagement is off, wedding plans canceled; the guests have been told to redo their travel plans. In the wake of such an abrupt end to what may have been a long-standing relationship, there will undoubtedly be hurt feelings and perhaps damaged property. One question usually shoots to the top of a list of question on the minds of grooms: who gets the ring? The answer to that often-debated topic depends largely on the state the couple is living in at the time the engagement ends. Our New Jersey family law attorneys break down the law as it stands here for all those trying to get their diamond ring back, and having little success. Continue reading