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  • Dwi in 1994 how do i get my license back?

    In 1994 i received a dwi. Lost my license. I paid court fines off in 2003 and paid off the surcharges on line in 2009. How do i get my license back? Do i have to take all the license tests all over again? I remember paying a restoration charge als...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you paid the restoration fee, you should have had your privileges restored when your suspension period was up. If it is still suspended, call NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and make sure there's nothing else keeping it suspended. If it's been since 1994, you will probably have to take the road test again.

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  • How to clear unknowing passengers from a marijuana and paraphernalia arrest

    Recently myself a four other individuals were arrested (while driving) for marijuana possession and paraphernalia posession. The arresting officer found a pipe with marijuana residue in it. At the time of the arrest, none of the passengers knew wh...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Have them show up on the court date, ready to take the blame and probably be charged with possession of paraphernalia.

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  • Lawyer didn't apply for PTI. Completed my sentence. In PCR, can i apply for PTI?

    I was charged. My criminal attorney didn't make an attempt to apply for PTI. I completed my sentence and paid necessary fines. I am currently fighting case for PCR, can I have my charges dismissed or amended or apply for PTI as it was my attorney'...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If the basis for the PCR is only that there was no PTI application, possibly. It depends on a lot of factors in addition to that. For example, if you were charged with a very serious offense that you would have gone to prison for, but your lawyer managed to keep you out, then probably not. But if the lawyer did nothing, explained nothing to you, and pled you out at arraignment, then it is more likely. But if you are granted PCR, then the case is reopened. So theoretically, you could then apply to PTI.

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  • Can I have my guilty plea withdrawn or my case dismissed?

    For my cooperation in a 93 count indictment, I was told by my attorney that I would do no jail time. He instructed to pled guilty to aggregated with sbi. He told me they would offer 7 years but I would do no jail time, but they now want me to do 7...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Get a new lawyer and make a motion to withdraw your guilty plea. Hopefully there was a written cooperation agreement so that you knew what was required of you. Lack of communication and clear understanding of what is expected of a defendant when "cooperating" leads to this type of thing happening. That's why these agreements are all supposed to be in writing.

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  • Do I need to disclose a probation violation in addition to the criminal conviction applying for employment?

    I did receive a pending job offer at a nuclear plant in IT Security. They will request court disposition which I do have a copy. I was convicted of 3rd degree theft by deception in 2003 completed probation in July 2006. I had a violation of probat...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Well, technically the resentencing for the violation of probation is a new sentence, even though it is not a new crime. So the ultimate disposition is whatever that violation of probation was, which doesn't sound like it changed the original sentence much.

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  • Does the state police have the right to confiscate a cell phone to "dump" it for metadata from a minor without parent consent?

    Or was a warrant required? This event occurred on 11/11/14 and advised by NJSP det. the phone will be returned. Already had a claim opened on 10/29/14 with Sprint to replace since screen was fractured and camera BROKEN. Phone is still being held ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, pursuant to State v. Riley, searching through the contents of a cell phone requires a search warrant.

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  • If I had a violation for disorderly conduct 17 years or so ago will it show up if I do a background fingerprint check in NJ?

    I received a position as a paraprofessional in a nursery school.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, unless it is expunged. Then for almost all situations, no one will be able to know that it officially existed.

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  • Do i need a paid lawyer for his case and is this illegal?

    My juvenile son was arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon he was assigned a public defender whom admitted she didn't know how to handle his case do to inexperience she then sends out a state investigator to question him without she or anot...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It is not uncommon for the Public Defender's Office to put newer attorneys in the juvenile unit. But once you qualify for the PD's Office, you don't have the ability to choose who the attorney is that they assign to you. The only way to be able to choose is to hire a private attorney. As long as the investigator is with the PD's Office, it is okay for them to speak with your son. They can't tell the prosecutor anything.

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  • How to reinstate criminal complaint in municipal court?

    A simple assault occurred on March 30th, 2014. Due to numerous adjournments a mediation occurred, a trial date was scheduled but nothing occurred, and then a final trial date was had on April 20th, 2015. This trial date was marked w/ special cod...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible. Without some sort of proof that the officer was locked up in a room somewhere or that the defendant was responsible for his failure to appear, that decision is final. The rules and case law don't allow for private citizens to prosecute or appeal any decisions, either. It is the prosecutor's discretion. Your only option is to file a civil suit, but depending on the damages, a civil attorney might not take it unless you pay hourly for it. What seems odd is that if it was an assault, the victim of the assault (you) would be the witness, not the officer who signed the complaint. The police officer would be irrelevant.

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  • In NJ can you be legally charged with resisting arrest, even if NEVER informed by the officer of the arrest?

    So for instance let's say the officer just decides he's taking you down and hurts himself in that process, never informs you of any intention to place you under arrest I mean NOTHING. Is that legal? I don't know how you can be resisting an arrest...

    Christopher’s Answer

    No, it's not legal. But that type of thing is usually handled in municipal court, without a jury, where the judge will not believe you unless there is video footage. And even then, I have had judges say, "I didn't see that, counsel".

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