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What Does ‘Deferred Disposition’ Mean in New Jersey?

June 15, 2021 by Jason A. Volet

A juvenile who has for the first time committed a minor crime in New Jersey may be offered a second chance through a “deferred disposition” handed down by the juvenile court. This is a type of probation that, if successfully…


What is the Difference Between Juvenile Courts and Adult Courts?

May 5, 2021 by Jason A. Volet

The outcome of a criminal proceeding involving a child can vary drastically depending on whether the individual is tried as a juvenile or as an adult. The New Jersey juvenile and adult court systems both handle cases involving serious offenses….


What Are the Penalties of a First Drug Offense in New Jersey?

February 2, 2021 by Jason A. Volet

Longstanding views on certain drugs and drug-related crimes are slowly changing around the country. But laws don’t always change as quickly as society’s attitudes about certain crimes. Drug offenses still carry stiff penalties in New Jersey. You should take it…


What Happens at Central Judicial Processing in NJ

February 1, 2021 by Jason A. Volet

If you are arrested and charged with an indictable offense in New Jersey, your first brush with the judicial system will be in Central Judicial Processing Court, or CJP Court. The CJP Court determines whether your case goes to Municipal…


What Are the Charges for Resisting Arrest in New Jersey?

January 7, 2021 by Jason A. Volet

Resisting arrest is a serious charge in all states, and New Jersey is no exception. Anyone convicted on charges of resisting arrest could face criminal charges and more serious consequences than they might have under the original circumstances of their…


What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in NJ?

December 17, 2020 by Jason A. Volet

New Jersey takes domestic violence very seriously. A domestic violence conviction can result in lengthy prison sentences, fines, probation, and a ban on firearm purchases. These convictions will also show up on a permanent record and can be visible on…


What Happens at a Final Restraining Order (FRO) Hearing?

November 4, 2020 by Jason A. Volet

When someone has filed a domestic violence complaint against you, the court will issue a temporary restraining order against you and schedule a final restraining order hearing. Assuming that the case has not been dismissed or otherwise resolved between you…


The NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act Explained

October 6, 2020 by Jason A. Volet

New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) is a sweeping state law that defines domestic violence as committing one or more of 19 criminal offenses upon a person who is involved in or has had a relationship with the alleged…


How to Vacate a Restraining Order in NJ

September 4, 2020 by Jason A. Volet

When a court imposes a restraining order against you, it can impose hardships on many areas of your life – from family relationships to your job. Even if you think you did nothing wrong or you have significantly changed your…


How to Fight a Restraining Order in New Jersey

August 19, 2020 by Jason A. Volet

If you are the target of a temporary restraining order issued by a New Jersey court, you need to act quickly to try to stop a temporary order from becoming a final restraining order. Unless you fight the restraining order,…


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