West Long Branch Nearing Completion of Police Station

The Borough of West Long Branch embarked on an aggressive expansion of its police facility last year. A new police station is currently in the process of construction just behind the West Long Branch Municipal Court on Broadway. The projected final cost of the station is approximately $3,000,000. One might ask why I would report on this news? The honest truth is that I anticipate an increased Continue Reading...

NJ Harassment Cases Are Very Fact Sensitive

One of the more sketchy criminal offenses our NJ defense lawyers handle are harassment charges.  The conduct prohibited by the harassment statute is rather abstract and these cases therefore tend to be very fact sensitive. There is also an element of subjectivity which frequently comes into play in the defense of NJ harassment cases.  To better understand this dynamic, we need to review the Continue Reading...

Felony Offenses in New Jersey

The framework for classifying criminal charges in NJ does not follow the traditional approach of many states. Most jurisdictions categorize crimes in terms of Misdemeanor and Felony Offenses. Our criminal code does not subscribe to this approach and, instead, speaks in terms of Indictable Crimes and Disorderly Persons Offenses. A felony is typically viewed as any charge that involves a potential Continue Reading...

Disclosure of the Identity of an Informant

Confidential informants (commonly referred to as a "CI") are encountered in criminal cases we handle in New Jersey almost every day. The common scenario is someone who has been arrested and decides to cooperate with police, making controlled buys from a particular "target". The goal of the police is to arrest bigger fish while maintaining the confidentiality of the informant. The law in NJ is Continue Reading...

Senate Passes S1565: Internet Casino Gambling May Become a Reality

The move towards legalizing online gambling in New Jersey gained momentum this week when a Senate Committee passed S1565, which would authorize casinos in Atlantic City to set up Internet gambling access for their patrons. Specifically, S1565 provides, most pertinently: all games, including poker, which may be played at a casino, as well as variations or composites thereof, may be offered Continue Reading...