Reasonableness Is the Relevant Standard to Use When Analyzing the Officer’s Initial Act That Led to the Warrantless Search

State of New Jersey v. M.A., Jr. Docket No. A-0304-19 Decided October 4, 2022 Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Court of New Jersey decided the defendant’s appeal of the trial court’s orders denying his motion to suppress, and barring use of the defense of necessity…

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Officer Did Not Have Reasonable Articulable Suspicions of a Tinted Windows Violation That Was Needed to Justify a Motor Vehicle Stop

State v. Edward Bejarno Docket No. A-2163-20 Decided September 23, 2022 Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Court of New Jersey decided Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence following a motor vehicle stop, after he appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion. The facts of the…

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There Are Specific Evidentiary Rules as It Relates to Officer’s Testimony, Either at Trial or In Grand Jury Proceedings

State of New Jersey v. Terrell Tucker   DOCKET NO. A-0937-21 Decided August 3, 2022 Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent published decision the Appellate Division of New Jersey reversed the judge’s decision denying defendant’s motion to dismiss the indictment following officer’s testimony of defendant’s state of mind in the…

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There Are Different Levels of Suspicion Necessary for Officers to Effectuate a Traffic Stop, Investigation, Request a Search Warrant, And Search and Seize Property

State v. Muhammad Appellate Docket No.: A-3017-18 Decided July 15, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division of New Jersey reviewed whether a fifteen second delay was a violation of the knock and announce rule to search warrants before breaching entry. In State v. Muhammad,…

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NEW JERSEY MARIJUANA IS NOW OFFICIALLY LEGAL – THREE BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW

Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. On February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed into law three bills legalizing marijuana possession and authorizes its sale by approved distributors. The bills and highlights are as follows: A21 – “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” Provides for details on…

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Evidentiary and Discovery Rulings Can Make or Break A Defense to A Criminal Action

State v. Desir Appellate Docket No.: A-43-19 Decided February 9, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reviewed whether a defendant is entitled to discovery stemming from a purchase of narcotics by a confidential informant (CI) even though the defendant was not charged…

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