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Seeking assets your spouse may be hiding during divorce

If you and your spouse are planning to divorce, you may be spending a lot of time wondering what your future will look like. Certainly, you can expect many changes, one of which is your financial situation. Whether you will have a secure financial future or struggle to make ends meet may depend a great deal on the outcome of your property division.

However, if your spouse is not completely forthcoming about any marital assets in his or her possession, your chances of obtaining a full and fair portion of joint property may be low. It is not always easy to tell if a spouse is hiding assets, but there are some clues that may suggest a more careful investigation is warranted.

Criminal defense: Fewer arrests without the cash bail system

Being arrested can affect a person's life long before he or she even has the opportunity to address the allegations. Cash bail played a large role in this problem in the past, but it is no longer a problem for New Jersey residents. The state no longer participates in a cash bail system, which disproportionately affected low-income and disadvantaged communities. Aside from keeping defendants out of jail so they can continue to work, care for their families and focus on criminal defense planning, a recent study showed that there has been another surprising benefit.

With the old system, judges had a significant level of discretion when setting bail, which they only looked at defendants' current charges and past records. Judges now have more than one option, none of which involve keeping people behind bars when they do not have the means to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Using an algorithm that measures defendants' so-called risk factors, a judge may still order that a defendant remain behind bars. However, defendants may also be released either without conditions or with an ankle monitoring system.

Personal injury: What if it was caused by someone's negligence?

New Jersey highways can be dangerous places. You likely agree, especially if you've ever been on one during rush hour. Many drivers are in a hurry and even impatient, a combination that is often a recipe for disaster. Many drivers do things they shouldn't while behind the wheel, which could place you at risk for personal injury.

If a car hits you at an intersection, for instance, because another driver failed to stop at a red light, the driver's negligence might cause you to wind up in the hospital. Distracted drivers and driver intoxication often lead to collisions that result in serious injuries to others. Even if you notice a potential problem on the road, there is no guarantee you'll be able to react quickly enough to avoid a crash.

Immigrants may face harsher criminal punishments than citizens

Being an immigrant can come with many challenges. You and your loved ones may have come to New Jersey in hopes of finding a fresh start and building your new lives here. Of course, you may not have found many aspects of your journey as easy as you had hoped, and you may now face an even more difficult predicament.

If an officer recently arrested you or a loved one, you may understandably worry about what effects a criminal conviction could have on your or your loved one's immigration status. Unfortunately, the impacts of an arrest and conviction can be far-reaching for individuals who are not American citizens.

Immigration advocates say ICE is targeting people

Many New Jersey residents arrived to this state from other countries of origin. Not all of them had their paperwork in order when they did so. In fact, some people arrive at U.S. borders after having little to no time to prepare, such as those who suddenly flee their home countries due to violence, poverty or persecution. An immigration incident recently occurred in another state where 19 people were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

ICE says the immigrants in question had been convicted of serious crimes. The agency says it was merely taking steps to protect the general population from people who pose a public safety risk. However, others say ICE has been targeting certain groups of people for removal, and that the officers made several of the arrests at courthouses.

Immigration: Will detainees have to submit DNA?

Immigrant families in New Jersey and across the country may want to stay updated on a developing story regarding the federal government. More specifically, there may be upcoming changes to U.S. immigration law that include required DNA submission for those being held in detention. Many immigrant advocates have already decried that such a move would invade the privacy of tens of thousands of people.

If implemented, the policy would involve taking cheek swab samples from certain immigrants. The data collected would then be entered into a national database. In 2005, a law was enacted that directed collection of biometric information among people convicted of serious crimes and also undocumented immigrants.

Criminal defense: Immigrant at risk for removal in New Jersey

An immigration detention center in New Jersey currently as a 25-year-old resident who came to the United States with his parents. At that time, he was just 6 years old and was not only accompanied by his parents but three older siblings as well. He grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood where many say people of color are targeted by police, which often prompts a need for them to seek criminal defense support.

The man in this particular case was unable to speak with his attorney for at least three weeks. He was reportedly being held in a detention facility unit that was under quarantine. To make matters worse, there was apparently little ventilation in the area and it was during the hot summer months. The quarantine was supposedly due to an outbreak of mumps.

You have the right to a fair trial, but what does that mean?

If you are facing criminal charges, especially for a violent or drug-related crime, you certainly hope your day in court will bring about a positive resolution to your case. Whether you are facing charges in federal or New Jersey court, the penalties for a conviction for such crimes can be quite severe. You may be facing the possibility of decades in prison.

Because of the heavy penalties, you may feel a certain urgency about whether you will get a fair trial. It is easy to feel that everyone is against you, but there are certain safeguards to protect your right to a fair trial. However, do you know how to recognize whether you are receiving every advantage the U.S. Constitution provides for those facing criminal charges?

Immigration detention issues that may affect New Jersey residents

As in most other states, many New Jersey households include members who arrived in the United States from other countries. Families who may not have immediate relatives who are immigrants often have friends or co-workers who do. A group of doctors in another state have taken a stand on immigration detention issues they say are causing devastation among certain groups of people.

The advocacy group includes three physicians who have firsthand experience in providing medical care to asylum seekers in the United States. They recently participated in a public protest to decry current U.S. policies, stating that conditions in many of the nation's immigration detention centers are appalling and inhumane. The doctors cited more than 30 immigrant deaths, including several children, in the past year that they believe were due to lack of running water, poor nutrition, lack of needed medical attention and other issues.

Legal problems arise in immigration case that was already closed

Many New Jersey immigrants can attest to experiencing high levels of stress regarding legal status issues. Some have run into problems regarding visa applications or green card interviews. Others, who may have arrived in the United States under more urgent circumstances, may be at risk for removal due to not having proper paperwork. A man in another state says he was carrying immigration documents that proved his particular case had been closed, but a border patrol agent rejected the papers and arrested him anyway.

The man is the sole care provider for his wife, who reportedly has serious medical needs. He was taken into custody in 2010 for illegal entry into the United States. However, in 2014, a federal court judge signed documents for administrative closure of the man's case.

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