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Category: Criminal Law

Self-Defense Criminal Law

Every state has self-defense laws that allow individuals who are threatened to utilize reasonable force to defend themselves or others and to escape criminal liability for their utilization of force. However, each state has its specific rules that govern the use of force in self-defense, and using force beyond the bounds of the laws of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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