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If you have been on Megan’s Law for 15 years and have not committed any new offense, then you could be eligible for removal from Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life.

Megan’s law was first enacted in 1994 and pursuant to N.J.S.A.2C:7-1, the Legislative intent was to punish those individuals who where convicted of sex crimes, as well as create a regulated monitoring system to protect the community at large. However, the Legislator also had the foresight to envision that in some situations relief from Megan’s Law would be appropriate. Specifically, removal from Megan’s Law can be sought where an individual remains offense free for a 15 year time period and is no longer a threat to the community. In pertinent part N.J.S.A.2C:7-2(f) states:

“Except as provided in subsection g. of this section, a person required to register

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This New York Times article discusses the debate over random drug testing in high schools in New Jersey. I will be interesting to see if this goes through, and what the legal ramifications are for those who test positive.

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PNC Arts Center is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey in the town of Holmdel. It is one of two major outdoor arenas located in the New York Metropolitan area. The venue has been the center of several controversies, including an incident during a Phish concert in 2000 where over 70 people were arrested, and the band was not invited back to the venue before their hiatus in 2004.

In recent years, there has been an increase in police presence at the Arts Center, and this has resulted with an increase in arrests for those attending concerts at the venue. Unfortunately, a night of fun and relaxation can result with an arrest that can jeopardize your future.

If you have been arrested on a felony charge in Holmdel, New Jersey, the matter will be transferred to the Superior Court located in Freehold. If you have been charged with a third or fourth degree Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) or any other felony charge, it is imperative that you hire an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney to handle the matter. It is possible that the matter could be remanded back to municipal court. Or if this is your first offense you could be eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), avoiding a criminal record.

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Drug Court has been a successful addition to the court system as it has treated non-violent offenders who suffer from drug additions throughout the state of New Jersey. The rates of recidivism for drug court graduates have proven to be minimal as compared to the rates for drug offenders. There is no doubt that drug court has changed many lives, but now it seems that Governor Christie is trying to expand this program in order to avoid increased incarceration for those who suffer from addition.

As part of drug court, a person has to complete the recommended drug treatment program, and then remain on probation for 5 years. The individual is highly monitored by the Drug Court Team including drug testing, proof of employment and weekly appearances in court. Even though Drug Court is a commitment and time consuming, often times it is a way to avoid incarceration. This year has been an exciting year as Governor Christie has showed tremendous dedication to expanding the program to many of those who otherwise could not get in prior.

In 2012, Governor Chris Christie has made monumental strides in trying to expand the Drug Court Program in New Jersey. This new program will provide for drug programs and treatment for those appropriate candidates, to be implemented over a five year time period.

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What is K2? It is sometimes referred to as “Spice” or “Designer Marijuana,” and it is a type of synthetic cannabis product that is becoming more prevalent throughout New Jersey. If you or a loved one is caught in possession of this type of drug; be aware that it is classified under the same Schedule as cocaine and heroin and as such considered a controlled dangerous substance. Since this drug is somewhat new on the market, in the recent past many drug tests did not pick up on K2, however that has all changed in recent months.

At the present time, Police in Highlands are investigating four separate incidents where individuals ended up in the hospital after smoking K2. Reportedly, the substance was purchased from a gas station located in Keansburg. This substance can cause severe hallucinations. K2 is classified under the same schedule as cocaine or heroin. In recent months Monmouth and Ocean counties, there have been many other arrests over the past months involving different shops selling K2 in violation of Federal and State laws.

It is also very common that juveniles are arrested for possession of K2. If a juvenile is arrested for Possession of this type of controlled dangerous substance the matter will be heard before a Superior Court Judge in the Family Division. If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance; it is imperative that you contact an experience criminal defense attorney.

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This week the U.S. Attorney Office announced that there would be an investigation made into misconduct of the Newark Police Department. The allegations that have been several violations of the Civil Right Act of 1964. The allegations include retaliation against anyone who video tapes or record police misconduct. The ACLU investigated over 400 instances of misconduct over the past several years. The Department of Justice will be using their resources in order in investigate these allegations.

If there is any validity to these violations, then there could be several legal ramifications with regards to arrests made by the police department over the past several years. If it is found to be true that members of the police department made false charges against individuals in the community then wouldn’t all arrests be questioned. Were drugs planted on defendants? It could mean a mountain of appeals and motions to vacate sentences.

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It took police only two days to find Jahmell W. Crockam, the suspect of the shooting of Lakewood Police Patrolman Christopher Matlosz which occurred on Friday afternoon. The following day, a task force consisting of Monmouth and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Toms River, Lakewood, Brick, Jackson, Seaside Heights, South Toms River, Berkeley Twp., Manchester Twp., Howell Twp., along with the State Police and U.S. Federal Marshall searched Ocean and Monmouth counties for the suspect. Then, on January 16, 2010, the search went beyond Ocean County area to Camden County.

He was apprehended later that day, and transported back to Lakewood Police Department where he is processed and then taken to Ocean County Jail in Toms River. He will be held in Ocean County Jail until he appears before a Superior Court Judge for his initial bail appearance.

Unless he is able to make bail, the suspect will remain incarcerated until the matter is indicted, and then the matter will either be listed for trial or the suspect may decide to take a plea deal. It could take several months until the matter is indicted. After the matter has been indicted, the suspect will appear at his arraignment before an Ocean County Superior Court Judge. His criminal defense attorney will likely make an application for a bail reduction, and it can be expected that the Prosecutor assigned to the matter will oppose any application for a bail reduction.