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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Are You Eligible for New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention Program?

You’ve been charged with a serious crime like drug possession, and now you’re looking at enormous fines, years in prison, and worst of all, a criminal record that will follow you around for a lifetime.  But what if there a was a way to avoid all that?  Wouldn’t you be interested?  If you’re facing criminal charges in New Jersey, there’s good news: if you’re able to meet certain conditions, you might be eligible to participate in something called the Pretrial Intervention Program.  How do you benefit from the program, and what are the requirements for participating?  Could you be a candidate?  Read on to find out.

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NJ Man Flees Accident Scene to Avoid Angry Girlfriend, But Can’t Avoid Criminal Charges

There’s no doubt that car accidents are stressful and scary experiences for everyone involved. Nonetheless, it’s extremely important that you never leave the scene before you have a chance to speak with police — or else you may find yourself charged with a crime.  It’s a lesson one New Jersey man learned the hard way this weekend, after fleeing the scene of an accident to escape his angry girlfriend.

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Holiday Weekend Brings Rash of Deadly Shootings to Newark

The holidays are meant to embody the spirit of family, brotherhood, and peace.  Sadly, the recent holiday break brought just the opposite to Newark, with police reporting nearly a dozen shootings over the post-Thanksgiving weekend.  In response to the numerous deaths, injuries, and weapons crimes, Mayor Ras Baraka has declared a “state of emergency,” and is expanding police patrols throughout the city, including longer shifts and the creation of a new precinct.

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Walmart Denies Stalling Accusations in Tracy Morgan Trucking Accident Lawsuit

The commercial trucking accident that caused  comedian Tracy Morgan to suffer a severe traumatic brain injury has received an extensive amount of coverage in the press and mass media.  In recent weeks, Mr. Morgan’s lawyers have informed the public that neither they nor doctors know if Mr. Morgan will ever be able to make a full recovery or resume his career. While this new is certainly tragic, it is perhaps not entirely unexpected considering that the severity of the June 2014 accident had already taken the life of comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.

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Unlawfully Seized Criminal Evidence Can Be Excluded in State Courts Because of the Mapp v. Ohio Supreme Court Decision

In light of the recent reports of the passing of Dollree Mapp on November 4, 2014, many in the legal community have taken a moment to reflect back on the seminal US Supreme Court case in that Ms. Mapp was involved. Absent the case of Mapp v. Ohio, the handling of unlawfully seized evidence in state courts would be quite different today. However to understand as to why the Mapp case was a seminal moment in American criminal law, we must first discuss the state of the law in 1961, prior to the Supreme Court Decision in Mapp that extended protections to apply against the states.

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