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Death penalty in New Jersey

We know capital punishment, or the death penalty, as a form of punishment by the state where a person is killed for a crime. There are a select number of states that allow certain forms of capital punishment.

Below are the forms of capital punishment that the following states use to execute:

Refusing a breathalyzer test in New Jersey

Getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks is never a good idea. Nonetheless, it’s not unusual for individuals to chance it and operate a vehicle with alcohol in their system. Even if you’ve only had a couple beverages and feel as though you’re in full control of your faculties, you should understand that you’re still susceptible to a DWI.

In the event that a police officer pulls you over, you may think that it’s in your best interests to refuse a breathalyzer. If you believe that you’re not impaired and that the breath analysis could issue a false positive, you can technically refuse to submit to one. Be advised, however, that such a decision comes with consequences.

When do New Jersey police need a search warrant?

The average person can easily give away information that they have a right to withhold from law enforcement. Remember, you don’t always have to answer questions or allow police to enter your home. In fact, some police officers may try to lure you if you don’t know your rights.

To avoid self-incrimination and protect your privacy, you can learn about three special situations that either do or do not require police to obtain a warrant before searching your property.

Is Your Child Using Illegal Drugs?

Changes in your child’s behavior, health, and appearance can tip you off that something may be wrong. If you discover that your child is using illegal drugs, it’s important to take swift action and break the cycle of addiction before your child experiences the severe health and legal consequences that often accompany drug use.

Here are some warning signs that your child may be using illegal drugs. While these signs by themselves don’t prove that your child has a drug problem, they provide good reason to investigate further into his or her change in behavior or health.

Reasons why you need a lawyer for a DUI/DWI

Some people believe the myth that a DUI/DWI arrest is "no big deal." After all, New Jersey classifies them as traffic offenses instead of as crimes, so they can't be that bad, right? Simply put, this is quite wrong. Yes, New Jersey statutes separate DUI from such violent crimes as murder and assault, but this doesn't mean it isn't still a very serious offense.

A drunk driving conviction comes with a host of serious consequences, including jail time, large fines, social stigma and the costs associated with installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device in some instances. Once convicted, you'll also have a lifelong offense on your driving record. It may not show up on a standard criminal background check, but it will definitely be visible if someone like a potential employer pulls your driving history.

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