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Category: Criminal Defense

Are Traffic Violations in NJ Considered Crimes?

Technically speaking, New Jersey does not have “felonies” and “misdemeanors.” Instead, the state classifies offenses as “indictable crimes” and “disorderly persons” offenses. As a result, this raises an important question: “if I am cited for a traffic violation in New Jersey, have I been charged with a crime?” The short answer is “no.” Traffic violations...

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What is Disorderly Conduct?

While not one of the most severe charges under New Jersey law, a conviction for disorderly conduct carries significant penalties including fines and jail time. There are many myths and misconceptions about what exactly constitutes disorderly conduct under state law. At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we make sure you understand your...

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The 2021 New Jersey Marijuana Legalization

On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed a series of cannabis reform bills into law. The legislation legalizes recreational cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years old and older. It decriminalizes certain marijuana offenses and changed the penalties from criminal to civil fines. The action has received mixed reactions. While some appreciate the...

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Duress as a Defense in New Jersey Criminal Law

In criminal law, a defendant’s actions can sometimes be excused if they can establish Duress/Coercion as a Defense to Criminal Charges in New Jersey. This defense may apply where a threat or actual physical force caused you to commit a crime. Consider a situation where someone threatens physical harm or holds a gun to your...

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White Collar Criminal Defense in New Jersey

New Jersey White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney When you are facing criminal charges concerning fraud, financial crimes, tax evasion, or other related charges, it is critical to begin working with an experienced New Jersey white-collar criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. White-collar crime is a relatively broad area of criminal law in New Jersey...

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