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Charges If You’re Caught Not Following Quarantine Rules in New Jersey

New Jersey is close to the center of the global coronavirus pandemic, a fact that already has legal consequences. State officials enacted sweeping limits on movements and business activities in New Jersey. On March 21, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order (Executive Order No. 107) that instituted a statewide “stay at home order.”

Like many of us, you may not be entirely sure of what you’re allowed to do and what is considered a violation of the new rules. Of course, public safety and your health are incredibly important. But so are your rights.

If you’ve been accused of breaking quarantine rules in New Jersey, The Law Office of Jason A. Volet is ready to defend you. Mr. Volet’s years of experience in New Jersey courts have prepared him to help you in this crisis. Call today for a free consultation.

What Are the Current New Jersey State Orders Regarding COVID-19?

As of March 21, all public gatherings are banned and many businesses are required to close. Essential services, including healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants (takeout and delivery only), pharmacies, gas stations, pet stores, liquor stores, laundromats, among others, are allowed to remain open. You’re required to wear a mask and keep six feet away from other people when inside any business.

The order also requires operating businesses, even essential ones, to facilitate remote work-from-home arrangements as much as possible. New Jersey residents must stay home at all times. Under the order, the only exceptions to this are “obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.”

What Are the Penalties for Not Following Quarantine Rules?

It’s a good idea to follow the stay at home orders and social distancing guidelines, for your health and safety and that of your family, as well as to avoid serious legal penalties.

Violating coronavirus restrictions in New Jersey can result in criminal charges, fines, and even jailtime. Depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with a disorderly persons charge, which could cost you a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

As some people in New Jersey have discovered, you may face additional charges in specific circumstances. For example, if there are children present, you could be accused of child endangerment. Acting belligerently or fleeing could result in a charge of resisting arrest.

If you are accused of illegally gathering or conducting business, you should cooperate with authorities so that they don’t accuse you of anything else.

Are There Exceptions to the Quarantine Rules in New Jersey?

Governor Murphy’s executive order does allow you to leave the house for specific reasons. Some of these are obvious. If you work at a hospital, grocery store, or other essential service, you can go to work. You can also run essential errands, like shopping for the food or home improvement supplies you need.

Some of the exceptions are a bit more surprising. You can exercise outside, and engage in “outdoor activities” like hiking. Playing team sports, however, would fall under the ban. The order also says that you can “visit family or close friends.” Since this provision is so vague, you may be tempted to throw a party for all of your “close friends.” Be careful, because gatherings of any size are still prohibited and you and your friends could face disorderly person charges.

How Long Will the Quarantine Stay in Effect?

As of April 2020, officials have not designated an official end date for New Jersey’s quarantine.

Governor Murphy is working with several other regional leaders, including Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Ned Lemont of Connecticut. They will coordinate their efforts to reopen the states so that the region lifts restrictions in concert.

New Jersey residents can expect the quarantine to continue through May 2020. If Covid-19 cases drop significantly, Murphy will loosen the requirements. Check official New Jersey state announcements to confirm any changes before you break quarantine.

Can I Get in Trouble If I Cough on Another Person During Quarantine?

Recently, a few New Jersey residents have purposefully coughed on members of the public and police officers. One woman told police that she was COVID-19 positive. As a consequence, she was charged with making a terroristic threat during an emergency, aggravated assault on an officer, and several other crimes.

Needless to say, these charges should be reserved for people behaving aggressively on purpose. You should not be charged with a crime just for coughing. If you are accused with reckless endangerment, or some other crime as a result of coughing in public, you have the right to mount a legal defense. The Law Office of Jason A. Volet can help you defend your rights.

What Should I Do If I Am Caught Violating the Quarantine Rules?

If you’re running an essential errand, exercising, or visiting family, remember that you’re not actually violating New Jersey’s stay-at-home order. Stay calm and explain your situation.

The police officer may be in the wrong. If so, you’ve got good reason to contact a talented criminal defense lawyer, like Jason. A. Volet. He is ready to mount a defense on your behalf that lays out exactly why you’re not guilty.

If, after explaining why you’re out and about, a police officer arrests you, remember you have the right to remain silent. You can be polite and identify yourself, but you don’t need to self-incriminate by talking about every detail of your day.

Never respond to an arrest or police officer’s accusation by arguing. The police may add an additional charge if they think you’re resisting arrest or are drunk and disorderly. The best way to fight your charge is to hire an experienced criminal attorney to defend you.

Contact The Law Office of Jason A. Volet for a Free Consultation

During these uncertain times, it natural to be stressed, confused, and frustrated. These emotions can cause normal people to unexpectedly or unintentionally violate the stay-at-home orders and find themselves in trouble with the law. If this has happened to you or someone close to you, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Office of Jason A. Volet to discuss your rights and options.

Our experienced attorneys will be ready to schedule a free, remote consultation. It’s absolutely confidential, and we’ll do everything in our power to minimize the impact this charge will have on your life and livelihood. Call us or schedule your free consultation online today.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Hire The Law Office of Jason A. Volet from the Comfort of Your Own Home

We are taking the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Jersey very seriously. Right now, people in NJ are being hurt by the threat of the Coronavirus. Let us help! We understand the fears that many people may have about traveling. We want those in our community to play our part by minimizing contact so that we can reduce the spread of this illness. With this in mind, The Law Office of Jason A. Volet wants to remind you that you do not have to come to our office to meet with us. You can become a client from the comfort of your own home via phone consultations and electronic signature capabilities. We are available 24 hours a day & 7 days a week and you can hire The Law Office of Jason A. Volet over the phone at 732-863-5050. Talk to us for free. Hurt? Call 732-863-5050.

COVID 19 Prevention: Social Distancing

Health officials are recommending “social distancing” measures to cut down on close contact. This will help minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please make sure you review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about other steps you can take to protect yourself and others from exposure to this virus.

General Info About (COVID-19)

More and more information about the virus is coming out daily. Please stay up to date on information and symptoms by checking the following resources:

*This blog was written with the most up to date information and this information is subject to change as more information about the virus is released & found.

This virus spreads easily and sustainably! You can get COVID-19 “by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.” It is thought that you are most contagious when you are displaying symptoms, however you can be contagious before you even show symptoms.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Here are some of the major symptoms of the virus:

  • Respiratory Tract Infection – shortness of breath
  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Flu-like symptoms
    • Fatigue
    • Pressure in the Chest
    • Headaches
    • Muscle or Body Aches
    • Sore Throat

Please note that carriers of the virus may not be displaying symptoms and that you are still at risk and may be carrying the virus and not know unless you are tested.

Contact The Law Office of Jason A. Volet Today

If you were charged with a crime and are seeking legal help, let the attorneys at The Law Office of Jason A. Volet help you – in the comfort of your own home! If you would like to discuss your legal issues with any one of our attorneys, we can simply meet with you by phone.

Contact us now at 732-863-5050 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can meet with you remotely to review your claim.

Understanding Theft Laws and Penalties in New Jersey

If you are accused of taking another person’s property without permission, you can be charged with a theft offense in New Jersey. The potential penalties that you face if you are convicted will depend on many different factors, including:

  • Specific type of theft crime
  • Value of the property
  • Your prior record
  • Whether you are accused of committing another offense in conjunction with the theft such as a violent crime.

In this article, we will examine those factors and explain the consequences that a theft conviction carries in New Jersey. If the police recently arrested you or a loved one on any type of theft charge, you should contact The Law Office of Jason A. Volet as soon as possible to discuss the specific facts of your case. We can provide a free consultation through our office in Freehold or Neptune.

Jason is a former Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor who is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. He has handled more than 2,000 cases over the course of his career, including numerous theft cases. He can put that experience to work for you and formulate a defense strategy that is aimed at protecting your rights and your future.

What Is the Difference Between Petty Theft and Grand Theft in New Jersey?

First, let’s clarify the difference between petty theft and grand theft crimes in New Jersey. You may hear these terms a lot. They are not specific crimes but, instead, terms that people use to categorize different types of theft offenses.

When people describe an offense as “petty theft,” they generally refer to a disorderly persons offense, or misdemeanor, which involves the unlawful taking of property with a value of less than $200. The shoplifting of a clothing item from a retail store like Wal-Mart, for instance, would be an example of “petty theft.”

In contrast, people use the term “grand theft” to describe indictable offenses, or felonies, in which the value of the item is much greater. A grand theft crime can range from a carjacking, which is a first-degree crime, to the taking of an item which is only slightly more than $200, which is a fourth-degree crime.

Of course, a theft charge of any kind can carry serious consequences, including:

  • Payment of fines, court costs and restitution
  • Imprisonment
  • Community service
  • Mandatory counseling
  • Loss of driving privileges.

If you are facing theft charges, you should always discuss your case and your defense strategy with an experienced Monmouth County theft defense lawyer. It is important to take every step you can to avoid a criminal conviction. The Law Office of Jason A. Volet is ready to help you.

Several Factors Determine Potential Theft Penalties in New Jersey

If you are charged with theft in New Jersey, the possible penalties you face will depend on:

  • Type of theft crime – When people refer to “theft” in New Jersey, they generally mean the crime of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, which is defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. However, New Jersey law allows for the prosecution of many other types of theft crimes, including theft by taking and carrying away, theft by deception, theft by extortion or theft of property which has been lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake. Each type of theft offense carries different levels of punishment.
  • Value of the property – The value of the item stolen in a theft crime bears significantly on the potential punishment. For instance, under New Jersey law, the theft of property with a value of $75,000 or more is a second-degree crime which could carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years, while the theft of property which is less than $200 is a disorderly persons offense which can lead to no more than six months of imprisonment.
  • Prior record – Whether you have prior theft charges can also be a factor in the potential punishment. For example, if you are convicted of a third or subsequent shoplifting offense in New Jersey, you will be required to serve at least 90 of imprisonment – regardless of the value of the item.
  • Committed with other offenses – If you use some form of violence while carrying out a theft such as harming another or putting a person in fear of immediate harm, then you could be charged with robbery in New Jersey, which is a second-degree crime and could lead to a sentence of up to 10 years.

To learn more about the specific type of theft crime that you or a loved one may currently face, get in touch with our dedicated legal team at The Law Office of Jason A. Volet today.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Theft Charges in New Jersey?

All states have a statute of limitations which applies to different crimes. This is the amount of time which the prosecution has to press charges. If the statute of limitations expires, a person can no longer be charged with a crime. The statute of limitations protects people from being charged with a crime when, due to the passage of time, those charges would be harder to defend.

The statute of limitations in New Jersey for indictable theft offenses is five years from the date of the alleged crime. Petty theft is different, however. Due to the fact that petty theft is a disorderly persons offense, the statute of limitations is only one year.

Get Help from an Experienced NJ Theft Crimes Defense Attorney

If you are arrested for any type of theft offense in Freehold, Neptune or elsewhere in New Jersey, it will be crucial for you to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side as soon as possible. Attorney Jason A. Volet can bring his background as both a prosecutor and defense attorney to your case along with his passion for protecting the rights of the accused. Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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