Although many aspects of criminal law are virtually the same in every state, each state handles many details of the law and the legal process differently. Anyone under investigation or arrest for a crime in New Jersey needs to be aware of the differences that can affect the outcome of the case against them.
The following are just some of the unique characteristics of criminal law in New Jersey that can affect criminal defense in NJ:
- DWI laws: NJ criminal law increases the punishment of an offender based on the blood alcohol concentration level percentage (with the legal limit being 0.8 percent), combined with the number of prior offenses, if any. Refusal to take the two required blood alcohol tests is grounds for being immediately cited. Once cited, you should immediately contact a criminal law firm in NJ.
- Suspension or revocation of license: New Jersey does not permit anyone with a suspended or revoked license to drive anywhere, including to and from work. If you need to drive, experienced criminal attorneys may be able to help get a reduction in the license suspension.
- Allowances for disorderly persons offenses: Since New Jersey splits criminal activities into the categories of crimes versus disorderly persons offenses, criminal attorneys in NJ can greatly streamline the legal process and reduce potential punishment by proving that an activity was a disorderly persons offense.
- Miranda rights: Unlike many states, New Jersey law does not require the reading of Miranda rights at the time of arrest, although Miranda rights must be read once a person is taken into custody and the police want to ask questions about the crime. You should never discuss the alleged crime until you have one or more criminal attorneys in NJ at your side.
- Lie detector (polygraph) tests: Although you do not have to agree to take a lie detector test, New Jersey law may allow the results of the test to be used as evidence in your case. Seek the advice of criminal defense lawyers in NJ before you agree to a lie detector test.
- Searches: Without probable cause, New Jersey law does not permit police to search you, your home, or your car without your consent. Police are required to inform you of your rights prior to asking for your consent. If you agree to a search without being notified of your rights or seeing a valid warrant, experienced criminal defense lawyers in NJ make sure that evidence is thrown out in court.
Experienced criminal law firms know the unique aspects of the New Jersey criminal process that can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. Consider retaining an expert NJ criminal law attorney, Jeffrey B. Steinfeld, PC. We handle all types of criminal proceedings in all levels of courts, from traffic violations in municipal court to felonies in New Jersey and federal courts. Our firm fights to protect our clients, from negotiated pleas to trials and appeals.