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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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