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Less Crime And Fewer Inmates In New Jersey

A new study showed that the crime rate in the Garden State is reducing and the number of state prison inmates is also decreasing. New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice released a report which shows that New Jersey’s prison population has decreased 26 percent since 2000 while the overall crime rate reduced almost 30 percent during that same time period of 15 years. New programs and initiatives are the cause of the reduction in the crime rate, according to… Read More

3 Ways a Police Officer’s Body Camera Could Save You From a DWI Conviction – A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Perspective

“Cameras don’t lie, and they don’t forget.” This poignant quote from Washington Township, NJ assemblyman Paul Moriarty comes on the heels of New Jersey’s new law that requires all police patrol vehicles to be equipped with dashboard cameras.  Moriarty was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in 2012, but the charge was later dismissed when evidence from the patrol vehicle camera footage showed that the stop was illegal and that Moriarty was targeted by the officer who arrested him.  That… Read More

New Jersey’s Tough Anti-Bullying Law – 4 Things Parents Need To Know If Their Child Has Been Accused Of Bullying

Following the tragic suicide of bullied teen Tyler Clementi in 2010, the New Jersey Legislature found that the percentage of students bullied in all of  New Jersey is higher than the national median.  Our lawmakers took action, and Governor Chris Christie intended for the new anti-bullying law, which was passed in 2011, to be one of the toughest in the nation.  Now, several years after its enactment, the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Act (the “Act”) has proven to be tough in… Read More

The Spotlight On Pre-Trial Intervention And Domestic Violence – Was Ray Rice’s Case Handled Properly?

Much has been said about the graphic video recently released showing a physical altercation in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February between the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Rice – but many are left scratching their heads as to why he’s not in jail after such an attack.  Did Rice get the deal of a lifetime?  Was his case mishandled by an office that may have been starstruck or under pressure not to prosecute? … Read More

Welcome To The Law Office Of Matthew V. Portella, LLC

At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we have fought for the rights of criminal defendants in New Jersey since 1994. We take a highly personalized approach to the practice of law, focusing on minimizing the consequences of an arrest or prosecution, but also striving to calm your fears and anxiety about the judicial process. We know that the criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing. We’ll always speak to you in plain English, carefully explaining the… Read More