With the recent legislative enactments legalizing the use, possession, and sale of marijuana, many of our clients have asked how these laws will impact DWI defense in New Jersey.
On March 24, 2022 I moderated a seminar for the Middlesex County Bar Association, speaking along with Judge Paul Endler and Prosecutor Mark Cintron. The topic was obtaining Post-Conviction Relief in the Municipal Courts.
By Peter H. Lederman Paul Simon wrote a catchy, yet profound song back in the 70s about how we sometimes get so far, but then somehow, well, never make it to the end. “Slip slidin’ away, slip slidin’ away … you know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip slidin’ away.” I suppose […]
I was seated in a small, crowded, Somerset County municipal courtroom, located above the town’s police headquarters, surrounded by attorneys and the band of unfortunates summoned to appear that night. Having just waited in a narrow hallway to speak with the prosecutor, who sat at a conference room table surrounded by this town’s “finest,” I […]
Seemingly, in a puff, the New Jersey Municipal Court system came crashing down as a result of a confluence of events. Taken by themselves, these events had little to do with the ministrations of the Courts.
As the Coronavirus pandemic seemingly winds down, New Jersey Municipal courts are starting to ramp up activity if only on a limited basis.
December 1, 2019 marked the date that sentencing provisions for most DWI offenses changed. These changes eliminated the penalty of drivers’ license suspension in favor of Interlock installation for most first and second DWI offenses.
Who among us have not failed. Every one of my clients have. Friends and family members, lawyers with whom I have practiced, people I know and people I don’t, have. I look at myself each morning and see someone who has failed many times. The most fortunate of us however, learn from our mistakes and […]
Thirty-eight years after the comprehensive reformation, reorganization and modernization of the New Jersey judicial system, the Municipal Court Judicial Conference took a long look at the Municipal Court system based upon the report of the Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Improvement of Municipal Courts. Keynoting the Conference, Chief Justice Robert Wilentz commented on the project’s importance, stating that, “despite the importance of these courts, their performance has fallen short of our standards of fair and efficient justice.
Here is an update for those of our clients worried about prior convictions using Alcotest Breathalyzer Results.