Disorderly Persons Offense Grounds to Disposses Public Housing Tenant

A disorderly persons offense (DP) in New Jersey is a petty offense that is handled in municipal court. These types of offenses include simple assault and harassment. In the recent case of Housing and Redev. Auth. of Twp. of Franklin v. Miller, A-2463-06, the court held that a tenant may be evicted from federally subsidized public housing upon conviction for a disorderly persons offense. The court Continue Reading...

Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in an Automobile

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently heard the case of State v. Scott on January 10, 2008. The Court held that ample evidence supported the conclusion that the passenger in the vehicle possessed the controlled dangerous substance (CDS) found in the car. The facts of the case are as follows: In the early morning hours, Paterson police officers pulled over a car being driven without the headlights Continue Reading...

Leaf Does Not Change Colors in Texas

The AP Wire reported on Thursday that Ryan Leaf's efforts to build a coaching career have taken a turn for the worse.  He is alleged to have solicited pain medication from one of his players.  It is unclear exactly what medication was requested but it is apparent that it was a prescription drug.  Chief Bobby Griffin of the Canyon Police reports that Leaf is being accused of obtaining a controlled Continue Reading...

NJ Legislation Targets Road Rage

The New Jersey Legislature recently approved stiffer penalties for individuals found guilty of road rage.  Individuals were previously exposed to a fourth degree offense and up to 18 months in jail.  The amendment now makes it a third degree offense and carries up to 5 years in jail.  The bill loosely defines "road rage" as including any actions or maneuvers of aggression, akin to harassment with Continue Reading...

Prostitution Advertising Triggers Lawsuit

It was reported last week that a Federal lawsuit had been filed by the Cook County Sheriff against Craigslist.  The lawsuit alleges that Craigslist has effectively created the largest source for soliciting and/or promoting prostitution in the United States.  It is important to emphasize that this is a lawsuit and not a criminal proceeding.  No charges for promoting prostitution or solicitation Continue Reading...