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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is my Ocean County, NJ charge 2C:35-1()A(1) Possession CDS/Analog Schd
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Amber Forrester answered on Aug 23, 2021

Assuming you are talking about 2C:35-10a(1), which is the possession of a controlled dangerous substance in schedule I, II, III, or IV, the short answer is yes. In NJ, felonies are referred to as indictable offenses or crimes and there are 4 degrees. The statute you seem to be citing is a 3rd... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My daughter is being cyberbullied by other students and the school is not doing anything to fix this. What to do?
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Amber Forrester answered on Jul 15, 2021

While you may not be able to do much to force the school to take action, there is a criminal offense in NJ pertaining to cyber-harassment (found on this site by searching for 2C:33-4.1) and you could file a complaint at the police department against those bullying her under that statute. That said,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for New Jersey on
Q: My son is 12 and my daughter was 5 at the time if found guilty or plea guilty is jail time mandatory?

My son was the one did this he has 2 changes 2c:14-2b and 2c244a1

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Amber Forrester answered on Jun 22, 2021

The offenses you’ve cited are 2nd and 3rd degree, respectively, and in juvenile court a 2nd degree carries as much as 3 years of incarceration and a 3rd degree carries as much as 2 years of incarceration. Because of his age, he will not be waived to adult court despite how serious the charges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: I'm looking for help with my daughter's virtual high school attendance...

She was given a school-issued Chromebook in September, when she started high school. Due to the pandemic, I kept all 3 of my kids virtual. Her particular Chromebook would not stay connected to my home wifi and she would use her personal laptop to log into school. On the days she used her laptop,... Read more »

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Amber Forrester answered on Jun 21, 2021

You didn’t specify, but if you’ve got a court date, I assume you (and your daughter) are facing a truancy charge. That can be treated as a disorderly persons offense (NJ’s term for misdemeanor), and while the fine is low, it’s still not something you’d want to have on your background,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Do I need a lawyer to represent this charge in a zoom hearing for walking away from a police officer?

I walked away from a police officer and was arrested for it. Will this lead to misdemeanor charges or just laying a fine? I have a zoom hearing, can I take care of that myself?

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Amber Forrester answered on Jun 10, 2021

What you’re describing sounds like it may be charged a few different ways, including as Resisting Arrest by Flight. That would be an indictable offense in NJ (aka a felony) and there are many reasons not to want the possible consequences of that offense to follow you around. An experienced... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Does the NJ statute of limitations clock start the day the crime was committed? What if it's not discovered by police?

I'm working on a research essay and I need some clarification around statute of limitations in NJ for criminal codes.

I see it clearly listed in my textbook and online that indictable crimes (felonies in NJ) typically have a 5 year statute and disorderly persons (misdemeanors in NJ)... Read more »

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Amber Forrester answered on Jun 6, 2021

While you’re correct about the general 5 year and 1 year SOL for crimes and disorderly persons offenses, there are a number of exceptions, including for crimes with no time limit, cases involving sexual assault where the crime may not be discovered until a later date and crimes involving certain... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I got caught with 2 lil pebbles of crack 10 dollars worth am i goin to jail i dont have a record im in jersey
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Amber Forrester answered on May 10, 2021

Possession of any amount of cocaine (powder or rock) is a 3rd degree felony in NJ and carries a maximum exposure of 3-5 years of state prison. Distribution or intent to distribute can make it a higher charge, but that doesn't appear to be at issue here. Likely sentence, however, depends... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can please let explain what exacuting a warrant means
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Amber Forrester answered on Apr 12, 2021

It depends on the sort of warrant it is—for example, executing a search warrant means law enforcement arriving at a location where a judge has allowed them to search during a specific time and performing the search.

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: Looking to retain a lawyer for a certificate of appealability. How much would it cost?
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Amber Forrester answered on Apr 6, 2021

It sounds as though you want to file a writ of habeas corpus, and attorney fees vary by lawyer and complexity of a filing, so your best option is to speak to several attorneys who actually do that work to get an idea of price. Not all criminal attorneys have experience in filing habeas claims and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: can a person work In a Delaware school district If they have a felony but the felony is not against a child.

but the person only received one year probation no jail time. and was told it could be expunged in 5 years they were charged in 2018. and finish their probation in 2019.

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Amber Forrester answered on Mar 29, 2021

Whether a person can work in a Delaware school district is a question for someone familiar with Delaware law, but in terms of expungement, if the offense is eligible for expungement under all of the other variables, the 5 year waiting period begins at the completion of probation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Albeit both being bad what is worse certain persons offense or NERA offense?

As far as expungement goes.

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Amber Forrester answered on Mar 29, 2021

The No Early Release Act is a an entire category of offenses and many of the crimes on the NERA list are completely ineligible for an expungement, so it depends on which offense. That said, a person can only have one indictable conviction expunged, so a conviction for a 2nd degree Certain Persons... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: if you already won an appeal is it a bad sign that supreme court will be hearing it? Prosecutor has appealed to them. I

This is nj appellate division. Ruled in favor of inmate.

Is it a bad sign that the higher court sees a problem with the decision and want to rule against appellate court. He won first part of appeal and hoped he would soon be released. But now worried about supreme court

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Amber Forrester answered on Mar 28, 2021

The Supreme Court doesn’t have to take every case parties attempt to bring to it and when they do grant certiorari (that’s what it’s called when they accept a case) it generally means that there’s a issue (or perhaps several) they want to address—it’s not necessarily an indication of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Trying to expunge my record from 1989 for drug paraphernalia. Do I qualify and if so what do I need to do?

I applied for Global Entry and was told of this record that I thought it was removed after completing probationary requirements.

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Amber Forrester answered on Mar 28, 2021

Eligibility for expungement is dependent on a number of variables. The age of the person at the time of the offense (juvenile vs. adult), whether it resolved by a conviction/non-conviction or diversionary program (like PTI or conditional discharge), whether it was the only offense of any level on... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a judge give a lesser sentence at a bench trial then the prosecutors original plea offer?

This is my fifth misdemeanor shoplifting offense. The prosecutor offered 90 days jail time and would not consider a lesser no jail sentence. All of my misdemeanors including this one are over a year old and I have not been in trouble since. I have mental disabilities that caused the shopliftings... Read more »

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Amber Forrester answered on Mar 20, 2021

Shoplifting is a bit unusual among NJ theft crimes in that it is subject to mandatory penalties, even though it tends to be a lower degree of indictable charge or even a disorderly persons like you are referring to. A third or subsequent shoplifting charge of any degree is subject to a penalty of... Read more »

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