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Personal injury: Things to know regarding hazardous products

New Jersey consumers spend millions of dollars every year on a variety of products in the marketplace. Many are at risk for personal injury because of hazardous products. Such hazards may be caused by manufacturing or design defects, insufficient product labeling or other issues.

When a person suffers injury after using a purchased product according to its instructions, he or she may have grounds for filing a product liability claim in a civil court. As in all injury lawsuits, plaintiffs in such cases are tasked with substantiating their claims. In fact, proving a product liability case can be quite challenging.

Seeking child custody with a felony conviction

Undoubtedly, the consequence that weighed most heavily on you after a court convicted you of a felony offense was the amount of time you would miss with your child while you served your time in prison. No matter how old or young your child, the length of a prison sentence means losing precious time for bonding and sharing.

Now that you have served your time, you will want to rebuild that relationship, and you are hoping this includes obtaining your share of custody. You may have many questions about the process and whether the felony in your past will affect your chances of regaining parenting rights.

Immigration detention trouble in another state

New Jersey immigrants may want to follow a case that is unfolding in another state. Those who worry about deportation may be particularly concerned to hear that a man was allegedly arrested and placed in immigration detention without cause. A team of attorneys is advocating on his behalf to try to rectify the situation.

The man was scheduled to appear at a check-in appointment in connection with his visa. He met the requirement and was apparently standing to approach the official who had announced his time to signify that it was his turn. His attorneys say he was grabbed by several Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers who moved in on him when his name was called. The man reportedly has no criminal record. Accusations of personal rights violations have been asserted, including denial of due process, refusal to allow the man to speak to his attorneys and removal of his personal passport from his possession.

Eyewitness accounts can lead to wrongful conviction

Facing charges for a violent crime, such as murder, kidnapping or sexual assault, means your future is on hold. In fact, New Jersey penalties for such crimes can include decades in prison or even spending the rest of your life behind bars. Life as you know it may hinge on the decision of a jury, and the evidence presented in court can greatly influence that decision.

Among the evidence the prosecutor will present against you may be eyewitness testimony. Eyewitnesses tell the court what they saw in relation to a crime and may even identify the person they think committed the crime. Unfortunately, many innocent people go to prison because of the inaccurate testimony of an eyewitness.

Prosecutors recommend no release for fatal personal injury case

When a New Jersey traveler pulls up to a gasoline pump, he or she has the right to reasonably expect that the transaction will occur in as safe a manner as possible. While every motorist and vehicle passenger, plus pedestrians, gas station workers, etc., do face a certain amount of risk for injury whenever they are driving, riding or working, they definitely do not expect that stopping for gas will end in a fatality. Tragically, that is exactly what happened to three people on a recent Tuesday.

A 50-year-old man and his 17-year-old son were in their car at a gas station. A 22-year-old gas station attendant was nearby, as well as several other vehicles carrying occupants. Mass damage occurred when a car on the road suddenly hit a guardrail then came barreling into the gas station, hitting the car with the father and son with such force that their roof was torn off from their vehicle.

Family law and immigration issues sometimes overlap

Many New Jersey immigrants say they live in fear that they will be at work or some other public location and get approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. A woman in another state has a 14-year-old daughter who lives with her. She and her ex-husband disagree about where the child should attend school, and they are litigating the issue in family law court. The woman had no way of knowing, however, that ICE officials would show up at the courthouse and place her under arrest.

Reportedly, the woman came to the United States with all her paperwork in order. Her current husband said she has been working to resolve a legal issue regarding her visa, which apparently expired. She has never faced criminal charges of any kind.

Child advocates say immigration detention conditions are inhumane

In New Jersey and elsewhere across the country, minors are often separated from their parents and other family members when they are placed in the custody of U.S. immigration law officers. An immigration detention center in another state is meant to provide temporary shelter for children until their cases are processed. However, several adults who were recently granted tours of the facility say the kids are being held in droves for as long as six months at a time.

One man who toured the complex said conditions there are inhumane. He described rooms with rows of bunk beds where children (as many as 100 per room) are packed in like sardines to sleep. The facility has detained as many as 250 kids at a time, reportedly allowing them no contact with their parents, except by telephone, a couple times per week for as little as 10 minutes per call.

Conviction of a white collar crime can change your life

White collar crimes typically involve deceit or theft with the intent of financial gain. These types of crimes typically do not involve violence, and often, they take place online, so a victim may not know initially what is happening. This type of crime, however, is quite serious, and a conviction can lead to years or decades behind bars.

If you are facing charges of white collar criminal activity, you would be wise to take immediate action to start working on your defense plan. You may be unsure of what you are up against and how you can fight back, but it can help to start by learning more about the charges you are facing. There are many types of crimes that could fall into the category of white collar crime, but they are all financially motivated.

Physical assault victims may file personal injury claims

If a New Jersey resident is threatened with imminent harm through the words or actions of another, he or she may be able to seek justice in civil court. A personal injury claim can be filed to seek compensation for damages sustained, whether such damages involve emotional, economic or physical injury. Incidents of assault often involve criminal charges; a victim who decides to seek legal accountability against an aggressor may be able to use information regarding criminal charges filed to his or her advantage in a civil case.

An incident occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. on a recent Monday that may be an example of alleged assault situations that often lead to civil litigation. In this instance, a woman, age 35, told police that a 31-year-old man choked her so severely that she could not breathe. Police reports show that the man is believed to have been intoxicated at the time.

Drug Recognition Evaluators examine for impairment

If you blow a .08 on a blood alcohol concentration test, you may be certain police will place you under arrest. A .08 percent BAC is a per se drunk driving violation, meaning you do not have to display any other signs of intoxication for the law to consider you impaired. However, for drugged driving, arriving at that conclusion is not so easy. Because of the countless prescriptions and illegal drugs and combinations of drugs that are possible in a driver's system, determining drug impairment is more complicated.

New Jersey police have adopted a special training program to assist officers in recognizing when a driver is impaired by drugs and which drugs may be the culprit. This intense evaluation includes 12 parts during which drug recognition evaluators narrow down the potential drugs a driver may have used prior to driving.

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