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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

Amber Forrester
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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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.

Amber Forrester
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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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 »

Amber Forrester
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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