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Excessive force or resisting arrest? Your word against a cop's

Few things can ruin an otherwise perfectly pleasant day like seeing a police officer's patrol car lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Especially if you've had a traffic ticket in the recent past, the last thing you want is more points added to your driving record. It's one thing for a police officer to make a traffic stop. It's quite another for him or her to deviate from the strict protocol that governs such situations, which may lead to violations of your personal rights.  

The subjective nature of field sobriety tests

If police arrest you for drunk driving, they may have made up their minds that you were intoxicated long before they approached your vehicle. Perhaps your car swerved over the yellow line, or you were driving too slowly, as people tend to do when police are following them.

Is it true what they say about drugs on college campuses?

Whether this is your first or final year at a New Jersey college or university, you've likely already faced (and hopefully overcome) several challenges. Perhaps you had never been away from your family before, and it took some time to work through the homesickness you felt when you first moved into your dorm or apartment. Then again, maybe you had no trouble adapting to that aspect of college life but greatly struggled to get to classes on time and develop good study habits.

Did seemingly harmless items leave you facing possession charges?

Many New Jersey residents may have dabbled in actions throughout their lives that were not entirely legal. Though they may not have faced criminal charges or considered themselves criminals, those actions likely still should not have been carried out. Some parties may find themselves making excuses for their behaviors because those actions do not necessarily hurt anyone else. However, authorities may still feel the need to file charges in some cases.

Identifying possible prescription drug abuse by college students

Like other New Jersey parents, you sent your child off to college in the hopes that he or she would study hard, earn a degree and enjoy some measure of success in life. You more than likely gave your college-bound child sage advice regarding the dangers of drinking and taking illegal drugs.

How could your Miranda Rights affect your criminal defense?

At any point in your life, you could find yourself facing an unexpected legal situation. Though the details of the predicament could range to include numerous scenarios, you may feel unprepared for any incident that may require legal action. If you find yourself charged with a crime, you may feel particularly shocked and overwhelmed by the arrest and have many questions regarding the legal proceedings ahead.

College tests will look like fun compared to these tests

Do you hate tests? If so, you are definitely not along. Most college students in New Jersey have at least a small dislike for the testing process. All those hours of studying, memorizing, and otherwise trying to cram massive amounts of information into your brain in order to later regurgitate it on paper in an exam can be quite stressful. In fact, sometimes you might just need to take a break and kickback for a while, away from the books.

What is assault and how can I fight back against these charges?

A criminal charge of any kind can interrupt and change your life, no matter how major or minor the charge may seem. You may feel overwhelmed by your situation, yet no matter what happened to lead to criminal charges, you still have the right to defend yourself and seek the best possible outcome to your situation.

A criminal conviction could really mess up your college finances

If you're like many New Jersey college students, the idea of paying for four years (or more) of post-secondary education seems impossible unless you obtain financial aid. After all, this isn't Europe, where college education is often free. Given the fact that financial aid may be crucial toward helping you achieve your college goals, it's important to know that there are several things that may impede your ability to qualify for financial assistance, one of which would be a criminal conviction.

Protect your right to drive and keep points off your license

As a New Jersey driver, you know how important it is to keep your license in good standing and avoid the financial penalties that come when you have points on your license. It can be useful to know how the points system works and how you can protect your personal freedoms and financial well-being.

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