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December 2018 Archives

Conflict over asylum and immigration laws continues

Immigration issues continue to make headlines in New Jersey and across the country. Many people trying to enter the United States by seeking asylum are facing detention and numerous other difficulties along the way. Their situations may only get more challenging as the presidential administration continues efforts to add asylum restrictions.

Criminal defense: Vehicular homicide charge leveled after crash

When a car accident results in a death, it is not unusual for criminal charges to result. If authorities believe that the driver considered at fault was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, it is even more likely for that driver to face charges. After such an event, the accused driver will certainly want to review his or her criminal defense options.

Drug field tests frequently result in false positives

If you have been following the news lately, you may have seen a New York Times article about a woman who was jailed for months after police misidentified her cotton candy for drugs. How is this possible? Unfortunately, it happens all the time, and is not limited to drug identification. The forensic methods used by prosecutors and law enforcement are often not repeatable, and use methods that are not scientifically sound.

Should noncitizens get a jury trial for misdemeanors?

This question is one in the middle of a heated debate, particularly on the East Coast. There, a current case is working its way through the court systems. The state convicted a man of many assault and harassment crimes. His charges were misdemeanor offenses, but due to his immigration status could result in his deportation.

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