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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: How close do you have to be to a window to be charged with peering in the window?
Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jun 12, 2019

It depends on whether you are with or without binoculars and/or a telescope.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I wanted to know if fingerprint evidence needs to be handed over in Discovery
Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jun 12, 2019

if the state is using it to prove the case then yes definitely if not you may request it as exculpatory evidence and if they refuse you file a motion with the court

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: What exactly is considered "peering" in windows. And how high is the burden of proof?
Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jun 12, 2019

burden of proof is beyond reasonable doubt

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: would it be proper protocol for an police officer to inform you of additional traffic tickets will be mailed to you?

At court I was informed by the judge of this up to 30 days an officer can write additional traffic violations tickets then mail them to you, so my ? Is are the police required to inform you of that at the time of incident took place?

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jun 11, 2019

no they're not required to inform you so long as it's mailed within 30 days it's legal otherwise you have a defense.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: 2/11/19: got a ticket in Mercer Co., NJ for driving without a license (it had expired 3 days prior on 2/8/19)

Did not realize it'd expired (thought it was following year). Ticket for this offense says license expiration is 2/28/19. Do I have a case to drop the ticket, since the date on the ticket is not correct (and would indicate license was still valid)? I have since renewed my license (same day, before... Read more »

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 15, 2019

Your more reliable approach would be to let prosecutor know it's an innocent oversight and you had your situation addressed immediately after being notified of the problem.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I have a disorderly person offense that I missed my court appearance on in municipal Court in Camden county NJ.

I called the local township to either possibly have a new court date issued, or to voluntarily appear in court the next session. Was informed by the court clerk that a $799 warrant had been issued for FTA. Was told a new court date couldn't be issued, or voluntarily appear at next session untill... Read more »

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 14, 2019

Bail reform doesn't apply to municipal court cases it applies to indictable cases which are handled by the county.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My husband was violated for a dirty urine while on parole and I'm trying to figure out how long will he have to do

I believe I need a lawyer for him

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 14, 2019

It depends what he is on probation for and if there are any other violations and his criminal case history and yes you should get him a lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: He stole from his dads credit card is this punishable by law and how severe

6000$ stolen from a cc how severe is that

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 10, 2019

Certainly is punishable and severity depends on his age and his record and the degree depends on how much?

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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: i got a tickets for driving without insurance and what are the fines

but i put the insurance the same day i got the tickets

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 9, 2019

It's a range of 0-12 months loss of license and $300 to $1000 in fines if it's a first offense. If second then jail. Your chances of getting lowest grade of that range are with an attorney because it's at the discretion of the prosecutor to extend you a deal or not and then the Court to accept it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is a police report of an arrest considered Public Records in NJ and is it accessible to any individual who requests it?

Only a Police report of an incident prior to any court activity.

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 8, 2019

You should look up New Jersey Court Rule 1:38 about that.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was wondering if I can avoid doing mandatory jail time for driving while suspended, I have more then 3 while drivisaid

this happend in howell, new jersey

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 8, 2019

It's a minimum of 10 days. You can apply for sheriff's labor assistance program (SLAP).

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Election Law for New Jersey on
Q: I was forced off a public sidewalk by a sitting elected town council person while viewing a public event. My recourse?

A currently elected and serving elected town council person ordered me from a sidewalk in front of his store during a public event, parade. The reason he made the order is simply that we have different point of view on how government is run and he does not like me. I was in the peaceful act of... Read more »

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 6, 2019

You need to speak with a civil attorney and this is the criminal section.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Difference between Offense Type: Indictable changed to Offense Type: Felony Offense Type: Transferred Changed to:blank

Out of state resident arrest for carrying fire arms

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 5, 2019

Indictable is what Jersey refers to felony cases. So NY and PA call felony is what we call indictable, it's same thing. Transferred means that the municipal court that handles disorderly person offenses (misdemeanors) transferred it up to the county superior court that handles indictable crimes... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can police issue and be the complaintant on a special complaint short form for a disorderly persons offense if

the officer did not observe the offense and the actor did not admit to commiting the offense (in presence requirement) regardless of evidence (witnesses and video)?

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Feb 3, 2019

They only need probable cause to charge you but they can't testify in court if they didn't witness or observe anything because that's hearsay and they have to prove their case in court beyond reasonable doubt which is much higher standard.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: I was charged with terroristic threats and offered PTI because that’s what my public defender told me would be the best.

I would like to get an appeal and take this to trial if I could, because I wasn’t really aware what PTI was and I didn’t know that the conviction or charge would still show up as active on my record. I’ve been denied 3 jobs now, and kicked out of school because of this which I believe is... Read more »

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 29, 2019

Your best bet is to hire a private attorney to take the case to trial because sounds like the public defender's office doesn't feel that they want to spend their time taking your case to trial for whatever reason. If you have a budget for a private attorney then that's your best bet. Good luck!

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: i was ticketed for improper use of handicap placard. what is the penalty?
Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 28, 2019

Just about $300 for a first offense but second offense carries community service so be careful.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was issued a ticket for failure to inspect my vehicle on the 11th at 23 hours was issued the same

By law that would be duplicating a issued ticket which I have not pleaded guilty to correct

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 28, 2019

If you get it inspected and go to court and explain what happened they may dismiss at least one of the tickets.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I am a student with F-1 visa and I have driver’s licence from another country and a permit from NJ. Can I drive legally?

I just passed the knowledge test but I have 2 months until the road test. If I show both permit and my licence would that work? Or if it doesn’t what kind of ticket would I get?

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 26, 2019

It depends on the cop. Most will still give you a ticket for unlicensed driver. If you're here for less than a year then you have a good defense to this charge. If more then there's still things that you can do. When I say you I mean with help of an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it illegal to shoot a target in my backyard? Specifically in a suburban NJ area? Not sure if federal or state law
Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 26, 2019

If you have a license and it's your property then that part should be fine but what about your neighbors will they complain about noise?

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Confiscated funds...

Money was confiscated from me, and assumed drug money. I have a receipt showing that I withdrew the same amount of money from a atm,the same day of arrest. Can I get my money back aslong as I have that "Proof"(receipt),and if so,do I have to wait until the case is over with or can a motion be... Read more »

Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin answered on Jan 23, 2019

The State has 90 days to file for forfeiture. If they do not then ask for the money to be returned and if they refuse then file a motion.

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