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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: Can a defendant request a rescheduling online for a restraining order hearing if they're given 2 days notice?
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on May 28, 2024

Yes just call up the court speak with the judges law clerk or go online thru the courts JEDS system and request it in writing (always better) and depending on the judge and the court your in will determine how easy it will be to do this.

Different counties and different judges rules and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is the possession of tiny plastic bags with no drug residue evidence a crime in New Jersey
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on May 13, 2024

No, not by itself it would not be paraphernalia, but for example if found with a spoon a needle and a lighter it would probably be an easy case for the prosecutor to win. Every case is different and depends on the facts and circumstances of its own.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: Can I type up my own Last Will and Testament (NO LAWYER), Witnesses & sign in presence of notary...IS IT VALID IN NJ?

Would it be valid in NJ? What about those "Will kits" that Staples sells, are they valid? Also can I do the same for a POA document?

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Apr 29, 2024

If done correctly it certainly could be valid, the problem is many aren't and thats where your heirs will spend tens of thousands of dollars and can take years to settle your estate where as if you just spend a few hundred more you could have saved them all that trouble. Be smart hire a lawyer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hi I live in nj , today I was caught shoplifting at boscov’s

They caught me and wrote down price tags which total up into 539$ but most them were on sale it shouldn’t be more then 200$, cop were called he saw the video me and told I will receive something in mail for boscov’s for 150$ civil fine and they will send a court meet within a month if i don’t... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Apr 25, 2024

First the price of the items for determining the amount taken for a shoplifting charge is based on the retail price of the items not the sale price of the items thus then fact that they were on sale is irrelevant to your charge.

Second yes you did jeopardize your future, but a good lawyer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was given a ticket on the NJ TURNPIKE North bound at 9 am in the morning in the hov LANE the hours going that way are

4 pm until 7 pm why was I giving a ticket ?

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Apr 7, 2024

That is a good question and you and your lawyer if your smart and hire one will find out in court or in the discovery that your lawyer will order. Because based on what your saying you shouldn't have gotten the ticket, but maybe he will testify in court that you were doing something else... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for New Jersey on
Q: What can I do for a false obstruction charge?

I was sitting at a burger king parking lot when I was unaware the restaurant was closed. An officer came up to me and asked me questions which I answered before requesting my id. I was charged with obstruction after asking questions about if I had committed a crime (he didnt state a crime) and... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Mar 23, 2024

Your only obstructing law enforcement in general if they were investigating a crime or had a reasonable suspicion that you were involved in a crime. Others reasons may exist such as the community care taker function, but everything is fact dependent. I would definately speak with a lawyer, they... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Jan this year a water sewer truck hit my parked Pathfinder and damaged my whole right front. How do I get my truck fixed
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Feb 23, 2024

You have three choices you either 1) contact their insurane company and see if they will pay. 2) file a lawsuit yourself or 2) hire a lawyer to try to recover your property damage. The problem is a good lawyer may cost more than the damage is worth. Please remember you must do this quickly as... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Appeals / Appellate Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: I just received a notice that a complaint was filed against me but the court date already passed, what do i do?

I just received a letter from the court that a complaint was filed against me (by my US citizen husband, I am European), the letter was delivered to my address in Europe today, but the letter states failure to appear notice and it has a courte date for last week. It arrived after the court date and... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Feb 1, 2024

I suggest you call the court and tell them what you have told us, they may remove any failure to appear or warrant that may have issued due to this fact, on the other hand they may not it depends on how much time they gave for mailing and other factors. That being said even if your successful and... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is there definitely jail time for a first time third degree shoplifting offense
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Jan 25, 2024

No Jail time is not mandatory for a 1st time criminal offender for a 3rd degree shoplifting charge (means no other prior criminal charges not just shoplifting). Now that doesn't mean that you can't get jail time, its just not mandatory like it would be for a 2nd degree charge. That... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I was arrested for contempt of court September 12,2023 then police charged me with a another contempt filed by plain tif

But I was never served with the August 25 2023 charge until the 09/12/23 but documents are showing I was arrested and booked on August 25 is that legal to do

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Jan 16, 2024

We would need to see the documents to properly answer your question, but many times the arrest date is considered the date the complaint was filed. But you shouldn't be in contempt if you were never served with the order. Get yourself a lawyer a contempt charge is a serious criminal offense.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I made a left turn into school at night. Affected by headlight glare and drove onto lawn and got 4 tickets in nj

I have very good driving records. My last traffic violation was 3 years ago. My car stuck in snow outside of driveway.

39:4-71 improper driving on sidewalk

39:4-123 improper right or left turn

39:4-97 careless driving

19.9-1.17 careless driving no personal injury... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Dec 3, 2023

No its not unusal to get more than one ticket if you performed more than one violation of the law. Thus you can be speeding and get a ticket for unsafe lane change and careless driviing at the same time. Now for your case the 2 careless driving tickets is a little circumspect but again we would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If the cops bring a dog to sniff your car, is that probable cause for them to go in the car?

I was arrested for pills I wasn’t in my vehicle. But they took my car I went to jail got released and 3weeks later they put a warrant out for my arrest. But I still go to probation. And when I called the public defender office to get information on the warrant but they said it’s not in the... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Nov 28, 2023

Yes in general the positive sniff by the dog would give them probable cause to search your vehicle, but everything is fact dependent and your lawyer would need to review the discovery to give you a certain answer so speak with and hire a lawyer if you are charged or think you will be charged.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Hello My ex husband passed away in September and he had several insurance from work. Who can I contact at his job?

I have his children and he gave me papperwork for once insurance but the others were signed 20 years ago and he didn't have time to change info so I wanted to know if I am able to use a text message he gave me stating that everything he has belong to the girls and I, so I can claim?... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Nov 2, 2023

Sounds like you will need to hire a probate lawyer to get what you want if the family is not cooperating. The main person you need to speak to is the executor of his will. You can find this out by going to the provate court yourself. As for insurance you can call the insurance company and see if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: In New Jersey, when is a pedestrian crossing a roadway?

Does the right of way begin when the pedestrian is standing on the corner waiting to cross or when they have stepped into the crosswalk? My question is because I received 'Pedestrian - Failure to Yield - Right of Way' ticket. In this instance the pedestrian was standing on the sidewalk,... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Oct 11, 2023

Logically it would be when the person steps onto the road, the reality in court is generally different, thus it is when the person steps onto that pad that is right before the actual start of the road according to most judges. If charged get yourself a lawyer most of the time we can help you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for New Jersey on
Q: I was arrested on a bogus 911 call they have a warrant to see if anything on my phone was pinged back to me.

I have a restraining order on someone and they violated it using a text now number but the cops are trying to see if it gets pinged back to my phone

I received a summons when I was arrested last, if they were to find something on the phone would I be arrested again or would it go to court... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Sep 4, 2023

Yes, generally if you have a restraining order against you and they find something to show you have contact with the victim, you would be arrested on a warrant and can even be held over until trial. Get a lawyer if you think they may find something, especially one good with hiring and using a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for New Jersey on
Q: What is probable cause for a cop to search your car and make you perform a field sobriety test

A cop pulled up behind me while i was sitting in my car talking to my girlfriend. He made me and my girlfriend get out of my car and wanted to search my car and made me perform a field sobriety test. He did not pull me over while i was driving, we had just gotten in the car and were about to leave... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Aug 22, 2023

Each case is fact dependent, just because your car was on for over 3 minutes does give him the right to stop you as it is a violation of the law,but not the right to test you for a DWI, he would have needed some other articulable reason.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, someone hit a parked car while pulling out and thought there was no damage. He now has a court appointment.

Hello,

Someone hits a parked car while pulling out of street parking and thought there was no damage on the other car. He just checked the car from rear mirror and left the scene.

A police officer called after a few days and said the car had camera and reported very minor damage.... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Aug 5, 2023

You better tell your friend to hire a good lawyer. Your friend is facing up to 30 days in jail and 6 months loss of his license and some fines. If convicted which it sounds like it would be easy for the state to do, due to the video evidence, these penalties are a real possibility without good... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for New Jersey on
Q: What does the word operate mean in statue 39:4-50?

Someone advised me that the NJ AG made it clear that “operate” means in forward motion. Which from my understanding would exclude parked vehicles and vehicles running but not in motion.

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Jul 25, 2023

Even if the AG made this clear its up to a judge to determine and unfortunately the courts have made operation not just actual operation but go by whether the person had the ability to operate the vehicle in general. If your charged with a DWI or DUI get a good lawyer as the laws are against you... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: If I’ve never had an offense before or been pulled over and got a ticket for texting a driving do i get points?

It was leaving my college in bumper to bumper traffic and i was on it for 2 seconds just to put in an adress, what do you think the court will give me

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Apr 5, 2023

I don't know where that other lawyer got his information from. But its no points for a first or 2nd offense and a 3rd offense or more has 3 points. Here is what is says directly on the MVC website:

Use of a handheld cellphone or electronic communication device while driving:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I own a store(NJ) if I see someone shoplift can I legally lock the front door and detain them until the cops arrive.
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Mar 11, 2023

Per the terms of service of this website, we cannot give you specific legal advise on this website, so I will talk generally, you are allowed to make a citizens arrest when someone steals from your store, while you await for the police to come. just you better be right otherwise the shoplifter may... View More

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