Tips for a Successful Appeal from Municipal Court

I was just found guilty in Municipal Court and I want to appeal. What do I have to do to be successful to appeal from municipal court? Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In this case the appellate division reviews the standard of review of the Law Division […] Read more »

What if you are charged with stealing chewing gum in New Jersey?

Are you charged with stealing chewing gum? Is this your only criminal charge? Have you been criminally charged with interfering with the custody and visitation arising out of a family case? Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. This is a very peculiar case addressing whether a parent’s decision […] Read more »

Have you been pulled over for a motor vehicle violation and asked to get out of your car (in New Jersey)?

Have you been pulled over for a motor vehicle violation in the state of New Jersey? Have the police asked you to get out of your car? Are the police asking you lots of questions once you were out of your car? How far can the police go to ask […] Read more »

Pregnancy and Pre-Trial Release Conditions

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In this case (State v. Imani Williams) the Appellate Division reviewed and additional factor, a defendant’s pregnancy,  under New Jersey’s recent Criminal Justice Reform Act, the new bail reform law. The court ruled that pregnancy should not be given any greater weight […] Read more »

What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention Program

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark New Jersey Criminal Lawyers NJ has adopted both a law and court rule to govern applications for this program. A full discussion of these guidelines is contained on this website at Pretrial Intervention. We felt that you might also want to consult […] Read more »

Evidentiary proofs required by New Jersey courts to prove DWI cases

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. In the next series of blogs my office is going to discuss the current status of evidentiary proofs required by New Jersey courts to prove DWI cases as New Jersey moves toward allowing personal use possession and consumption of marijuana once Chris Christie […] Read more »

Are the police allowed to threaten and actually bring a canine to a motor vehicle stop for a ‘sniff’ of a car?

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. Our New Jersey Supreme Court decided on July 10, 2017 that New Jersey police can bring a dog to a motor vehicle stop without reasonable suspicion so long as the dog sniff does not prolong the stop beyond the time required to […] Read more »

Is a police officer allowed to promise “No Jail” in exchange for cooperation and a ‘voluntary’ statement?

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. “If you talk with us and tell us what happened, we will get you counseling and promise you will not go to jail!!!”  Is this lawful in New Jersey??? The key to this decision is a defendant’s decision to provide a statement after he was […] Read more »