Ray Rice and the NFL’s One Sided Decision Based on a Domestic Violence Incident in New Jersey

I was recently asked to appear on the Fox News Channel to discuss the Ray Rice matter but after I gave my opinion, I believe the invitation will be withdrawn. Ray Rice, a National Football League (NFL) and former Rutgers University superstar was caught on videotape at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The first video did not show the entire incident and the NFL elected to suspend Mr. Rice for two games. Months later, the full tape of the elevator incident emerged and Mr. Rice was suspended indefinetely.

While I was not there on the date of the incident, I have not viewed any other tapes of what occurred before the elevator incident, but there is always three sides to a story. His story, her story and the truth. What I do know though is that in general, humans do not just act for no reason or act violently for no reason especially toward someone they know, someone they date or someone they are married to. Something led to the elevator incident but it is being ignored just as domestic violence against men is ignored throughout the United States. Domestic violence is still very real in this county but it is also very real that men suffer from domestic violence and it is not taken as serious. Nobody has a right to hit anyone without just cause, men or woman, period.

Domestic violence is not only physical violenc but also includes verbal and mental abuse. How do we know if Ray Rice was hit first outside the elevator? How do we know his fiancee at the time, now wife did not throw a drink on him, spit on him, punched him, slapped him or any other forms of domestic violence. Another reality is that a person has a right to protect themselves. In the video, you see the fiancee coming toward him more than once. There is reason to believe that an argument or dispute started outside of the elevator and thatnot being discussed anywhere. While you need to fight back in the same manner that you are being attacked, Mr. Rice punched his now wife in the face. While this was clearly an error on his part, Mr. Rice is not the only guilty party in this action. It takes two to tango, and in this case I believe that to be true.

Mr. Rice was arresested and his case has been adjudicated in the criminal courts. Now, the NFL has decided to suspend him indefinetley. While the video has clear shock value and a “muscle machine” like Mr. Rice could knock out most boxers should not have punched his now wife in the face but at the sametime it does not portray the whole story. The NFL has gone too far to suspend Mr. Rice indefinetely without a full investigation. He should be able to work and support his family in football which is his career and football in the NFL is very short lived because of the level of contact that results in career ending injuries. I believe an 8 game suspension without pay is in order and a fine. Now child abuse is a whole other story that there is no excuse for, but Mr. Rice’s full story has been suppressed and his penalty is excessive.

Annuities Are Partially Protected Against Creditor Garnishment in New Jersey

Sometimes a New Jersey consumer may give a sum of money to an insurance company or other entity in exchange for a promised stream of income usually paid monthly (an annuity contract). Other times, an insurance company is given a sum of money on behalf of a consumer to compensate for a personal injury. In any event, a consumer receiving annuity payments may be subject to claims by his or her creditors for unpaid debts. Is the annuity principal or the annuity payments subject to seizure (garnishment) by judgment creditors?

Annuity Principal and Annuity Payments Enjoy Limited Protection Against Creditor Garnishment

New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. § 17B:24-7) states that annuity principal and annuity payments are not only exempt from “execution, garnishment, attachment, sequestration or other legal process” but also that no creditors are “allowed to interfere with or terminate the [annuity] contract.” However, there are two major exceptions.

Annuity Principal and Annuity Payments Derived From Fraud Are Not Exempt from Garnishment

If the New Jersey consumer created the annuity with intent to defraud his or her creditors or engaged in other fraud, the creditors may seize the annuity or its payments with permission from a court. One cannot create an annuity to avoid the payment of existing creditors should they receive judgments. If this is proven, the court may order the principal liquidated to pay the affected debts or permit the full garnishment of annuity payments to repay debts. Attempting to defraud creditors can also result in criminal charges.

Annuity Payments In Excess of $500.00 Per Month May be Partially Garnished

The law provides a second exception to the general rule that annuities cannot be garnished. If the annuity payment exceeds $500.00 per month, the amounts in excess of $500.00 ARE subject to garnishment the same as “wages and salaries.” Moreover, if a New Jersey consumer receives several payments on different contracts and each of them is less than $500.00 per month, but when combined, they exceed $500.00 per month, a court may determine that excess payments are nevertheless subject to garnishment. Additionally, New Jersey law allows 10% of a person’s gross “wages or salaries” to be garnished in response to a judgment. Let’s see this math in action based on the below example. Let’s assume:

1) The New Jersey consumer defaulted on a $5000.00 credit card account.

2) The credit card company sued the consumer and received a judgment.

3) The consumer has an annuity with a $150,000.00 balance.

4) The consumer receives an payment of $650.00 per month for life.

Therefore, the consumer could see $15.00 of his or her annuity garnished until the judgment is paid. The math:

$650.00 annuity payment

– 500.00 exempted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 17B:24-7(a)(2)

= 150.00 subject to garnishment

x 10% maximum garnishment percentage

= $15.00 garnishment amount

Annuities enjoy a certain level of exemption from creditor garnishment because the New Jersey Assembly believed they should receive some protection against creditors with judgments. Because they are typically associated with retirement and the injured, the Assembly believed this protection, albeit limited, is appropriate.

Living Wills in New Jersey Law

Anyone who cares about the feelings of their family members, or their own final health care treatment, should consider executing a Living Will. It has become an essential element in the practice of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Why? A Living Will permits the patient to communicate, in advance, the medical care decisions he or she would make if rendered incapacitated, so that their family won’t be put in the difficult position of having to do so for them.

The recent nationwide controversy caused by the unfortunate situation of a woman in Florida, who did not possess a Living Will, has demonstrated the family pain created by this issue and sparked renewed public interest in the Living Will. Clients from California to New Jersey have contacted Estate Planning Attorneys to learn more about them.

The Basics:

The legal name for a Living Will is an Advanced Directive, a document codified nearly 15 years ago by The New Jersey Advanced Directives for Health Care Act.

In New Jersey, according to the law, an Advanced Directive, or Living Will, in and of itself, is a simple document needing only to be in writing, signed and dated in the presence of two subscribing adult witnesses who must attest to the fact that the person is of sound mind and free from duress and undue influence. Alternatively, it simply may be signed, dated and acknowledged before a notary public, an attorney or other person authorized in New Jersey to administer oaths.

The Advanced Directive becomes operative when it is transmitted to the attending physician who has determined that the patient lacks the capacity to make a particular health care decision.

Once made, the patient may revoke the Advanced Directive either by oral or written notification of the revocation to the “Health Care Representative”, physician, nurse or other health care professional, or by any other act evidencing an intent to revoke the document. In other words, the patient can change his or her mind, at any time, simply by saying so.

What It Does:

Consistent with the terms of an Advance Directive, life-sustaining treatment may be withheld or withdrawn from a patient if the life-sustaining treatment is:

· Experimental and not proven therapy, or is likely to be ineffective or futile in prolonging life, or is likely to merely prolong an imminent dying process;

· The patient is permanently unconscious, as determined by the attending physician and confirmed by a second qualified physician;

· The patient is in a terminal condition as determined by the attending physician and confirmed by a second qualified physician, or

· The patient has a serious irreversible illness or condition, and the likely risks and burdens associated with the medial intervention to be withheld or withdrawn may be reasonably judged to outweigh the likely benefits to the patients from such intervention or imposition on an unwilling patient would be inhumane.

The law allows the attending physician, consistent with the terms of the Advance Directive, to issue a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order.

Two Types — Instruction and Proxy:

There are two types of New Jersey Advanced Directive, or Living Will: An Instruction Directive and a Proxy Directive. You may choose to create either one or both.

The first type, an Instructive Directive is what clients usually mean when referring to a Living Will. It provides instructions and directions regarding health care in the event that the patient subsequently lacks such decision-making capacity. The Instruction Directive may state the person’s general treatment philosophy and objections together with the person’s specific wishes regarding the provision, withholding or withdrawal of any form of health care, including life-sustaining treatment.

The second type, the Proxy Directive is more similar to a Power of Attorney because it appoints a “Health Care Representative” to make health care decisions in the event the patient subsequently loses the capacity to make such decisions.

A person may appoint as his “Health Care Representative” any competent adult, including a family member, a friend or a religious adviser. Once the person’s attending physician determines that a person lacks decision- making capacity (along with confirmation of another physician, unless that person’s lack of decision-making capacity is clearly apparent), the “Health Care Representative” has the authority to make health care decisions on behalf of the patient. The “Health Care Representative” is to make all health care decisions the patient would have made had he or she possessed decision-making capacity, or where the patient’s wishes cannot be determined adequately, to make a decision in the best interest of the patient.

In carrying out the person’s wishes, the “Health Care Representative” is to give priority to that patient’s Instruction Directive, if one exists. Also, a Proxy Directive can be written in New Jersey so as to place specific limitations upon the authority of the “Health Care Representative”.

Also important to note, the Living Will statute in New Jersey covering Proxy Directives specifically protects the patient’s “Health Care Representative” from liability. The law states that the “Health Care Representative” is not imposed with any liability for any portion of the person’s health care costs, not subject to criminal or civil liability for any action performed in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of the act to carry out the terms of the Advance Directive.

Physician and Hospital Responsibilities:

Interestingly, the law requires the attending physician to make affirmative inquiry of the patient, his family or others as appropriate under the circumstances, concerning the existence of an Advance Directive. In other words, the attending physician must initiate the question of a Living Will. The attending physician is required to note in the patient’s medical records whether an Advance Directive exists and the name of the patient’s “Health Care Representative”, if any. If an Advance Directive exists, a copy must be attached to the patient’s medial records.

Health care institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies and hospice programs are required to adopt policies and practices that are necessary to provide for routine inquiry at the time of admission and other appropriate times concerning the existence and location of an Advance Directive. Moreover, health care institutions must adopt policies and practices necessary to provide appropriate informational materials concerning Advance Directive to all interested patients, their families and their “Health Care Representatives”, and to assist those patients in discussing the executing an Advance Directive.

These health care institutions will also be required to adopt policies and practices necessary to educate patients, their families and “Health Care Representatives” about the availability, benefits and burdens of rehabilitative treatment, therapy and services, included but not limited to family and social services, self-help and advocacy services, employment and community living, and the use of assisting devices. Health care institutions must establish procedures and practices for resolution of the disputes among the patient, and “Health Care Representative” and attending physician in the event there is disagreement concerning the patient’s decision making capacity or in the interpretation of the Advance Directive concerning the patient’s course of treatment.

The New Jersey law on Living Wills expressly states that it should not be interpreted to impair the obligations of health care professionals to provide for the care and comfort of the patient and to alleviate pain, in accordance with accepted medical and nursing standards.

The patient’s family, “Health Care Representative”, and appropriate others should be informed that if a person has appointed a “Health Care Representative” and subsequently lacks decisions-making capacity concerning a particular health care decision, the attending physician must obtain the informed consent for, or refusal of, health care from the “Health Care Representative” after discussing the nature and the consequences of the person’s medical condition, and the risks, benefits and burdens of the proposed health care and its alternatives. However, if the patient is subsequently found to possess adequate decision-making capacity, the patient shall retain legal authority to make the health care decision.

Moreover, even if the patient lacks decision-making capacity, but nonetheless clearly expresses the wish that medically appropriate measures be utilized to sustain life, that wish shall take precedence over any contrary decision of the “Health Care Representative” and over any contrary statement in the patient’s Instructive Directive.

Conclusion:

The services of an Estate Planning Attorney are not necessarily required in New Jersey to execute a Living Will – just as they are not required to execute a Real Estate Contract or a Last Will & Testament – provided the document is in the proper form, correctly drafted, signed and witnessed. However to be sure that a Living Will conforms to New Jersey legal guidelines and that the patient’s wishes in the event of incapacity are clearly expressed – so as to be understood and followed – it may be prudent to consult a lawyer experienced in Estate Planning before the occasion arises in which the Living Will is needed.

Several Ways a New Jersey Doctor Convicted of Health Claims Fraud May Forfeit His Or Her License

In the course of my criminal defense practice, especially defending physicians accused of various crimes and violations, I’ve discovered that the next question after “what sentence will I receive?” is “what will happen to my license?” In fact, disciplinary proceedings conducted by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners is the second in the list of nightmares faced by a New Jersey physician who is in trouble with the law. I’ve compiled some most frequently asked questions regarding licensing issues when a physician is accused of a crime in New Jersey.

Q. What happens to a professional license when the practitioner is convicted of a second-degree crime?

According to N.J.S.A. 2C: 51-5A, a New Jersey health care practitioner such as a doctor, who is convicted of a second degree health care claims fraud crime or a similar crime, will permanently forfeit his or her license and will never be able to practice the profession. The only way to prevent that is for the defense to argue that such license forfeiture would be a serious injustice, which overrides the need to deter such conduct by others. The court may consider another period of license suspension, but no less than one year. If you are lucky and the court does not permanently forfeit your license right away, the sentence is not final for 10 days so that the prosecution may appeal it.

When a practitioner is convicted of third degree health care claims fraud or a similar crime for the first time, there will be mandatory license suspension for at least one year. The second conviction will cost you your license for good.

Q. How will the licensing agency be notified of forfeiture or suspension?

A court will enter an order of license forfeiture or suspension immediately after a plea of guilty or finding the defendant guilty, assuming any of this happens in New Jersey. The order is effective as of the date of conviction r guilty plea. If it is an out of state or a federal conviction, or the defendant forfeited his license in another state, the court will enter the forfeiture order upon application of the county prosecutor or the Attorney General.

Q. May a license forfeiture order be stayed while the case is pending appeal?

An order of license forfeiture or suspension will usually not be stayed pending appeal of a conviction or forfeiture or suspension order unless the appellant’s attorney convince the court that there is a substantial likelihood of success on the merits. If the appeal is successful and the conviction is reversed or the order of license forfeiture or suspension is overturned, the court will notify the licensing agency within 10 days of the date of the order of reinstatement. That does not guarantee that the license will be restored because the agency, such as the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, may decide to suspend or revoke the license on its own motion.

Q. May a professional license be forfeited or suspended by a licensing agency?

Absolutely! This can be done through a special application by the Attorney General. The situation may arise in a case where the issue of license forfeiture or suspension is not even discussed raised in a court when the practitioner pleads guilty or is found guilty. However, the fact that a court has not ordered license forfeiture or suspension does not stop the licensing agency from doing that on its own accord. The decision may be based on the argument that the conduct giving rise to the conviction demonstrates that the person is unfit to hold the license or is otherwise liable for an offense.

Q. Can a professional or medical license be reinstated in New Jersey?

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-27.1(a) provides the procedure for reinstatement of forfeited professional licenses. If the conviction record is expunged, the convicted practitioner who lost his or her license as the result of conviction may ask the court for an order to rescind the court’s order of forfeiture if the person can demonstrate that he or she is sufficiently rehabilitated. If an order to rescind the court’s order of debarment is granted, the next step is to apply to the licensing agency for license reinstatement.

Fighting a Temporary Restraining Order in New Jersey or Dissolving a Final Order in NJ

Domestic Violence and the tools that have been created to prevent continued violence and harassment in New Jersey have become quite effective compared to how domestic violence charges were handled 20 years ago. Today a victim can not only seek a criminal charge, but can also seek a FINAL restraining order in the State of New Jersey which as its name implies is FINAL, forever. Today we will touch upon how to prevent getting a final restraining order in the first place and if you lose and have a final order levied against you, how to remove or dissolve it.

In New Jersey, domestic violence covers criminal acts against your spouse, your partner, your former partner, a household member, someone you once dated and so forth. The criminal acts include: assault, sexual assault, harassment, terroristic threats, homicide, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and stalking. Many people can be charged with one or two charges, others can face eight charges or more at once! For a restraining order in New Jersey, even if someone is found to have committed an act of domestic violence, that does not mean that the person will automatically get a final restraining order against them. There are many factors in determining if a final order is needed.

Some of the main factors in determining if a final restraining order is needed are:

Previous history of domestic violence between the parties (this includes threats, harassment, physical harm/abuse.
The existence of immediate danger to the victim’s person or property.
Best interest of victim and any children involved.
Existence of an order of protection from another State.

Now while, the previous history is very important, if one-act alone is egregious enough, a final order can be given. Fighting against the possibility of a final restraining order is difficult at times. Unlike criminal court where you have months if not years to prepare, restraining order hearings are usually heard within thirty days after the service on the defendant. Because of this, the defendant and his attorney must begin gathering evidence to show the defendant in a positive light, to show the defendant defending him or herself (if applicable), any evidence showing instigation or a motive by the victim to push the defendant over the edge. While I know there are people in this world that would harm someone for no reason, I do believe the majority of people who are involved in a fight or argument are in that situation because it takes two to tango and it is not simply one person’s fault.

The Defendant has the right to call witnesses, has the right not to testify, has the right to cross-examine the victim and any of the victim’s witnesses. The standard of proof in a final restraining order hearing in New Jersey is lower than that which is used in criminal court and is called the preponderance of the evidence standard rather than the beyond a reasonable doubt as used in criminal courts.

The other calls and emails I receive fro people throughout the country who have a New Jersey Final Order against them is, how do I get rid of this order that has affected my life in so many ways? There are a few ways to compel a Judge to dismiss the final restraining order and some of the factors the Judge considers in that case are:

Consent of the victim to lift the order
The victim’s fear of the defendant;
Nature of the relationship today
The number of contempt convictions
Other violent criminal acts by the defendant
The good faith reason the victim still opposes the dismissal.

While it is not easy to defend a person in a final restraining order hearing or to have a final order removed, it certainly can be done under the right circumstances. When attempting to vacate a final order, the Defendant must order the transcript from the original final restraining order hearing.

In conclusion, despite what is spread and said on television, New Jersey is tough on domestic violence. If you are a victim or have been accused, we strongly suggest you get legal representation in your area.

New Jersey Trial Attorneys

If you have been charged with a crime, whether it’s a summary offense or a felony, New Jersey trial attorneys can be invaluable members of your legal team. Representing yourself in criminal court is almost a sure way of getting convicted of the crime in question. The law is complicated and only an experienced trial attorney should be trusted with case preparation and presenting your defense to a court of law. One factor that affects the seriousness of your case is the classification of the crime you have been charged with. If you hire an attorney early on, you can review the classification of the crime to plan how you will prepare your defense.

Crimes Against Justice

If a crime is classified as a crime against justice, it means that the crime was committed by interfering with law enforcement or government officials. Crimes against justice can include obstruction of justice, bribery of government officials, and lying under oath. If you destroy documents that are needed for a civil or criminal case, or hide or destroy other evidence, this can also be considered a crime against justice. If you have been charged with this type of crime, consult with a firm that has several New Jersey trial attorneys so you can find the best attorney for your needs.

Incohate Offenses

An inchoate offense sounds complicated to understand, but it’s actually simple. An inchoate offense is when someone tries to commit a crime but is unable to carry out their intentions. Examples of inchoate offenses include conspiracy to commit murder, attempted theft, and acting as an accessory to a crime. If you are charged with an attempted crime, you cannot be charged for the actual crime itself. If you are charged with an inchoate offense, New Jersey trial attorneys can help you prepare your defense.

Crimes Against the Person

Crimes against the person are crimes that physically or emotionally injure someone or cause death. Good examples of crimes against the person are kidnapping, manslaughter, homicide, and rape. Crimes against the person are considered to be serious offenses, so you should immediately meet with New Jersey trial attorneys so you can select one to help you prepare your defense.

Crimes Against Property

Crimes against property are crimes involving property damage or the removal of property from its rightful owner. Examples of crimes against property include arson, larceny, burglary, and computer crimes. Many of these offenses are serious crimes and have serious criminal penalties for convicted offenders. If you have been charged with any crime against property, New Jersey trial attorneys should be your first line of defense.

New Jersey trial attorneys can be valuable sources of legal advice and make ideal advocates for defendants accused of any of the four types of crimes. If you have been charged with a crime against the person, crime against the property, crimes against justice, or an inchoate offense, work with a group of New Jersey trial attorneys to prepare a solid defense for your trial.

New Jersey Litigation Law Firm – Defense for Misdemeanor Crimes

A misdemeanor crime is a crime that is usually characterized by being punishable by up to a maximum of 12 months in prison. Additionally, people convicted of misdemeanors usually serve their jail time in city or county jails as opposed to state or federal prisons that are usually reserved for convicted felons. Even if you are not charged with a felony, facing any kind of criminal charge can be upsetting. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor and need help defending yourself, turn to a New Jersey litigation law firm.

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving while intoxicated is a misdemeanor in the state of New Jersey. Penalties for this offense can include fines, probation, jail time, and the loss of your driver’s license, so you want to prepare the best defense possible. Since there are no jury trials for DWI in New Jersey, you should work with a New Jersey litigation law firm to prepare a solid defense to present to the judge presiding over your case. If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, your attorney can speak on your behalf at your sentencing. Your attorney may ask for leniency based on your economic or family circumstances.

Writing Bad Checks

Writing a bad check intentionally is different than bouncing a check due to a banking error or a mathematical error when balancing your checkbook. Writing a bad check involves knowingly writing a check for funds that are not in your bank account. If you have $500 in your bank account and write a check for $1,000 when you know that there is only $500 available, this is considered a misdemeanor. If you are charged with writing a bad check, it’s advisable to work with a New Jersey litigation law firm to see if a plea agreement can be reached so you can avoid a trial.

Vandalism

Vandalism can involve covering someone else’s property with graffiti, intentionally damaging the property of another person, and related acts. Vandalism is usually classified as a misdemeanor, but it’s still a serious charge. Defending yourself against a criminal charge is not recommended because of the intricacies of criminal law. If you find yourself in need of legal advice, contact your local New Jersey litigation law firm to find out what steps you need to take to hire an attorney and begin preparing your defense.

Prostitution & Solicitation

Prostitution involves soliciting money in exchange for sexual services and is classified as a misdemeanor. The person providing the sexual services can be charged with prostitution and the person exchanging the money for the services can be charged with solicitation. If you have been charged with either of these offenses, it’s a good idea to consult with a member of a New Jersey litigation law firm to plan your defense.

Misdemeanor crimes, although not as serious as felonies, can still have serious consequences. If you find yourself facing criminal charges for a misdemeanor crime, take your future into your own hands and work with a New Jersey litigation law firm to defend yourself against the charges.

New Jersey DUI Defense

Drunk driving or Driving under Influence (DUI) is a serious offense under New Jersey Laws. A conviction entails financial penalties, jail terms, community service and loss of a driving license for a certain period of time.

DUI cases have increased by thousands all over the state. Because of the increasing severity in penalties, most of those charged by DUI must seek alternatives to pleading guilty. Anyone charged with a DUI needs a good attorney.

The Defense accepts that most people charged are guilty, which not always the case. The evidence against the offender brought by the police in the form of an ultra red breath analyzer is subject to serious errors. The breath analyzer is regarded as tried and evidence, but it can be inadequate and can easily be a point of attack by a defense counsel.

Also, ‘opinion’ is gathered by police officers through s field sobriety tests. These tests are supposed to reveal the agility and sobriety of drivers. But recent studies question the accuracy and scientific validity of these tests. The defense attorney can get a pre-trial ruling that these tests are not valid evidence.

The misconception is that drunk driving is a minor offense. A DUI conviction can have a severe financial, social and psychological hardship on the defendant. A DUI defense attorney must not leave any stone unturned in defending his client

There is a myth that DUI cases can’t be won, and often times attorneys advise their clients to plead guilty. It is best to refer the case to a jury trial. When jury trials are available, success rates of acquittal are amazingly better.

Finally, a DUI case is not like any other criminal case. In any criminal case, physical evidence is collected and preserved, subject to independent analysis by the defending attorney. But in case of DUI, breath tests do not have to be saved. There are also Sobriety Check points that are set up by police departments to check DUI violations.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Drug Charges

Probably one of the most serious cases that anyone could face is drug charges. In many countries, the consequences of being proven guilty of this crime are no joke, which includes paying hefty fines, jail time and of course, a permanent mark on the criminal record. Aside from this, being convicted for this case would definitely affect the reputation of a person significantly, reducing good opportunities that he could take. That is why, when facing this serious kind of charges, it is very important to be represented by a good criminal defense lawyer.

Lawyers are professionals who can represent people who are facing drug charges offense or defense. They are expert individuals who are well trained and experienced in handling this kind of circumstances. Being professionals who have dedicated their lives studying laws and court systems, they are well knowledgeable about the ins and outs of these kinds of charges.

Hiring a criminal defense lawyer from a good criminal law firm is very essential in order for a person charged with drug cases to have their rights protected. If a person is properly represented, he would be guided carefully on the proper process. This would prevent you from saying things that can push you deeper into conviction, and this is true even if the person being charged is innocent of the crime.

Aside from this, being properly represented in facing drug charges increases the chance of positive outcome. Lawyers have a wide connection in different kinds of fields, allowing you to gather necessary evidence that would be needed for the progress of the case. The more evidence and data are gathered, the better the chances of having a stronger case for the defense.

Since the role the lawyers would play in the case is very crucial, you should be sure that you would be making the proper choice in selecting the attorney who will represent you. You should be sure that he has a wide experience in the field and know exactly how to get you out of the case with the best deal possible.

You should also select someone who has a good personality, someone you would be willing to entrust your life and future to. The relationship between the lawyer and the defendant is very important, as the two needs to cooperate for the progress of the case, getting a lawyer who you would be confident working with would result into greater advantages in the case.

New Jersey Criminal Lawyers

If you have been accused of a crime or think you might be, you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately. No matter how minor the charge, it’s always beneficial to contact a criminal lawyer. A criminal lawyer is one who specializes in handling criminal defense cases. The role of a criminal lawyer is to represent anyone who commits a crime in order to prove his or her innocence. A criminal lawyer with substantial experience and expertise in this field can work on strategies to cleverly cross-examine the prosecution witnesses to prove your innocence in the case. And, in case of extreme situations, an expert criminal lawyer can work out negotiations with the prosecution lawyer to arrange for a lesser charger or reduced sentence.

In order to have a strong defense, it’s very important to hire the right lawyer who has expertise and a proven track record in handling the crime of which you are accused. Only an expert lawyer can provide you with a reality check–a knowledgeable, objective perspective on the situation–and make you aware of what is most likely to happen, which can prove vital for the defendant in deciding whether to accept prosecutor’s offered bargain.

Criminal law in United States varies from state to state. Though a basic law code is followed all across U.S., it does differ a little across the states. For example, in New Jersey, you have a right to a speedy and public trial. Also, you have a right not to be convicted unless the State can prove each and every element of the offense with which you are charged. If you have encountered a situation where you need to seek the help of a criminal lawyer in New Jersey, it would always be to your advantage to go for a local lawyer practicing there.

It is unfortunately not always easy to find a good criminal defense lawyer. To find a good lawyer, it is always advisable to go by referrals from somebody who is familiar with the law practice. You may wish to sit through some public sessions of court while criminal cases are being argued. If you find a particular lawyer’s performance to be impressive, you may take note of the lawyer’s name and later contact the lawyer about the possibility of representing you. Each state and some major cities have organizations of criminal defense lawyers who can offer referral services or online directories. You can also browse through the yellow pages or online directories listing defense lawyers to find a good lawyer.