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Q: Can Code Enforcement enter the backyard of my property?

I am a tenant in a rental house. Recently we have had a Code Enforcement Officer enter our backyard and issue us a warning for trash and debris on our property. We did not allow anyone to enter our backyard from the Borough nor did our Landlord permit them as his Agent and notify us. Is this... View More

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answered on Mar 4, 2024

The question of whether Code Enforcement can enter your backyard without permission largely depends on local laws and regulations. Typically, code enforcement officers are allowed to inspect properties for violations of local ordinances, which can include issues visible from public spaces. However,... View More

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Q: I'm in need of a notice of tort claim against an officer (law enforcement) in NJ. Where do you obtain the right form?

Owed me a duty, broke into my locked room with body-worn cameras when I had no medical condition.

Just called dispatcher for noise complaint

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

In New Jersey, to file a notice of tort claim against a law enforcement officer, you will need to use a specific form that complies with the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. This form serves as a preliminary step to formally notify the relevant government entity of your intention to sue. The Notice of... View More

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Q: Am I allowed to change my legal address to a private school where I used to reside but I currently don’t reside there

I have permission from the dean (owner of the building) to do so, but I’m only doing it to make my dads car insurance cheaper, so QUESTION 1: is it legal to change my address to a place where I don’t currently reside, but I have permission. QUESTION 2: is it insurance fraud?

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Tax Law for New Jersey on
Q: The IRS sent me a letter stating I didn't report income from a 1099c. Upon my investigation on the matter I found out

The 1099c was sent to an old Address from 13 years ago and in my maiden name. How can I be penalized for information I never recieved?

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

When you receive a letter from the IRS stating that you didn't report income from a 1099-C, it's important to address the issue promptly, even if the information was sent to an outdated address and in a name you no longer use. The IRS assesses taxes based on income information reported to... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Can I earn compensatory time for providing on the job training during my regular scheduled hours.

I work for a county based government agency located in NJ that provides public safety services. We currently provide on the job training for new hires while working our regular scheduled hours. The training consists of six months of hands on training and six months of shadowing the new hire. We are... View More

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Q: As a private citizen am I allowed to request recording of phone calls I had with law enforcement personnel in New Jersey

I am just looking to obtain the phone call recordings between myself and 4 other individuals that occurred between Nov 29th of 2023 to Dec 4th of 2023 on a specific date and time..I can attach the screenshot of the dates and times

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

In New Jersey, as a private citizen, you do have the right to request recordings of your phone calls with law enforcement personnel. This request can typically be made under the state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA). OPRA allows for the public to access government records, which can include... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hi is making and owning a Low-voltage railgun legal in new jersey? Also, I'm a minor, so I can't legally own a firearm.
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answered on Dec 15, 2023

In New Jersey, the legality of making and owning a low-voltage railgun, particularly as a minor, is a complex issue. While railguns are not traditional firearms, they could potentially be classified under weapons laws depending on their capabilities and the intent for use.

New Jersey has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a Fully qualifying licensed Supervising driving instructor work for two separate Driving schools?

It takes 2 years for someone to become a fully licensed Driving Instructor Supervisor. Can an Upstart Driving School Hire an established Supervising Driving Instructor from Another school?

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answered on Oct 24, 2023

The ability of a fully licensed Supervising Driving Instructor to work for two separate driving schools may depend on the specific laws and regulations in New Jersey. Generally, it's essential to review the state's requirements for driving instructors and whether there are any... View More

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Q: do i need to use a FFL to obtain long guns from my aunt in NJ if we both have FID cards?

My aunt owns some rifles and shotguns and I want to purchase them from her. Do we need to go to a FFL or can we just fill out the COE form ourselves since we both have FID cards and are related?

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answered on Nov 9, 2023

In New Jersey, even if both parties have a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FID), the transfer of long guns between private parties generally requires going through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). This process includes a background check through the National Instant Criminal Background... 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

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: My boyfriend co-signed with me on the purchase of a vehicle, and we are both on title. I have made and continue to make

all the car payments, and we are both on the loan. My boyfriend died a couple years ago, and I now want to put the vehicle in only my name, except motor vehicle requires a copy of the death certificate, which the family will not give me. What recourse do I have to require them to give me a copy of... View More

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Sep 6, 2023

You need to meet with an estate planning lawyer to educate you on what steps you need to take to transfer the title to the car into your name alone. While you may have made all of the payments, my concern is whether his estate makes a claim against you for their "share" of the value of... View More

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Q: What type of legal services would I need for an SSA IRMAA appeal administrative hearing?

I’m on permanent disability; I would like SSA to use my tax info from 2020 or 2022 as 2021 I only had high amount of taxable withdrawals from my dads Inherited IRA; used to purchase a low income affordable condo & pay taxes & additional money taken out in order to pay taxes etc. I... View More

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answered on Mar 4, 2023

To prepare for an SSA IRMAA appeal administrative hearing, you may want to consider seeking legal assistance from an attorney who specializes in Social Security law. They can help you present your case in the best way possible, and help you navigate the appeals process.

In addition, it may...
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Q: Code Enforcement illegally entered and took photos on my property then issued me a summons for it?

I currently have a summons to appear for a Trash/Debris ticket in my Municipality. We requested the Town to send us pictures after numerous times of us cleaning all areas seen by the public we reviewed the photos from Code Enforcement for it to reveal they entered our backyard without permission... View More

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
answered on Oct 11, 2022

Unless the municipality can show that there was an emergency situation which required immediate attention, the municipal officials can not enter your premises without your permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If the ordance lacks the definition of an allowed variable does the definition of that variable have to be made public?

For example if the town only allows certain firepits do thay have to make the details of what makes a lawful firepit public? If the town has rules for such a firepit but the rules are not available to the public is this legal? Where is legally allowed for this information to be located?

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Depends on the town, but most rules and regulations for the town will be posted as a township ordinance and you may be able to find these online. However for what you are concerned about you may also have to look at the fire department regulations for the town/county/state. I suggest consulting... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: 88 year old doesnt have hard copy license has dementia cannot produce her drivers license number to replace

How to stop her from driving

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Feb 16, 2022

This is a hard situation, has she diagnosed with dementia? if so her doctor will generally write a letter to MVC getting her license suspended.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I got dwi in nj on nj license. I have 3 prior in GA on GA license 14 years ago. Because of DLC, do the old ones count?
H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Sep 26, 2021

Yes they could count, you would need to pay a NJ lawyer to review the statute to see how similar the statutes are to get the answer you need.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Gov & Administrative Law for New Jersey on
Q: best way to get the lowest amount of fines for multiple drunk driving fines?

39: 4-50,4-97,4-97.2,4-96,4-56,4-67,4-130,4-129A,3-74,3-33

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Jun 26, 2021

In all honesty you should not be concerned about the fines but a few of these violations have a mandatory loss of license and even the possibility of jail time. That's what you need to hire a lawyer for, to try to reduce or eliminate these penalties. Money you can always make more, and you... View More

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Q: NJDMV ISSUED MY DRIVERS LICENSE TO ANOTHER PERSON WHO GOT IT SUSPENDED. WHAT CAN I DO???
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answered on May 8, 2021

This does not make sense without knowing more facts. Getting any changes to a NJ driver's license is very difficult. Are you a N.J. resident who is temporarily in Alaska? More information is going to be needed to understand what is actually going on.

2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I have a tentant owes 4 mths rent many times he uses the jobs checks not cleared yet and; I now when I state it doesn’t

Look like you can afford $550 a month I need the room back; he is using COVID-19 law as an excuse. And I never mentioned eviction or filed one What can I do? I real want him out mainly because of the smoking that was clearly stated on the agreement not to do. Do we as landlord have any rights with... View More

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 7, 2021

The Court strictly follows the required statutory procedure for complaints filed seeking eviction of a tenant. To avoid having a case dismissed for failure to satisfy the statutory requirements merely prolongs your problems. My best advise is you retainan attorney to represent you in this matter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I get arrested if my parent forces me to take and buy drugs?

So basically my mom made me buy/take street xanax. So she gave me money for me to buy the xanax and she told me what to ask for and when and how much. When i did find someone who had it and i told my mom about that and showed her what the person was saying. “i” (my mother) said yeah i’ll buy... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on Oct 22, 2020

Yes you can get arrested as you are committing a crime and so is your mother. The same as if your mother asked you to shoot a gun at a person, just because someone told you to do it, does that mean that you have to listen or that you have immunity from prosecution. By the way it is a crime for... View More

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