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Although New Jersey has made marijuana legal for recreational use, the state continues to ban the manufacture, distribution, or possession of any compound or mixture designed to mimic its effects. In other words, synthetic marijuana is not legal in New Jersey. Possession of synthetic marijuana can result in serious drug charges. What Is Synthetic Marijuana? […]

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In New Jersey, the main difference between sexual assault and sexual misconduct is one of terminology. Sexual assault has specific legal definitions and penalties, while sexual misconduct serves as a catch-all term for inappropriate sexual behaviors. Let’s take a deeper dive into the similarities and differences between these two related terms.   What Does Sexual […]

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Have you ever taken a quick nap in your car after a night out? It seems like a safer alternative to driving home after a few drinks. But here’s something you might not know: New Jersey courts have said prosecutors can charge you with DWI if the police find you sleeping in your car while […]

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Facing a background check can be a daunting experience, especially for people with a criminal record. The uncertainty of how far back these checks can reach can create a great deal of anxiety. You may have heard about the 7-year rule for background checks, but does New Jersey follow it? Our attorneys at William Proetta […]

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re going through a divorce and have a domestic violence charge hanging over your head. The stakes are high – a single misstep could have life-changing consequences for you and your family. But you’re not in this alone. A New Jersey domestic violence divorce attorney can protect your rights […]

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New Jersey criminal law can be confusing, especially regarding what certain criminal charges are called. Two such terms are disorderly persons and disorderly conduct. While these phrases might sound similar, they represent different charges and carry distinct potential consequences. Understanding these differences is crucial if you face either of these charges. Differences Between Disorderly Persons […]

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Has someone filed a restraining order against you in New Jersey? If so, you might feel overwhelmed, isolated, and like you have no control over the situation. Luckily, you don’t have to face this difficult time alone. An attorney with William Proetta Criminal Law can help you take steps to get the restraining order dropped, […]

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Firearm accidents involving children occur far too often in the U.S. In New Jersey, dozens of children suffer severe or fatal injuries every year after gaining access to unsecured firearms. Like many other states, New Jersey has imposed child access prevention laws to keep guns out of children’s hands – laws that have come into […]


If you are arrested in New Jersey, the police may ask questions or request you to provide a statement. However, the U.S. Constitution gives you rights to shield you from police interrogations in certain situations. Understanding these rights is essential, especially if you face criminal charges. Follow these tips from the NJ criminal defense lawyers […]


Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer after being arrested or charged with a crime can profoundly affect your case’s outcome. But what qualities are present in the best criminal defense attorneys? Keep reading to learn how to know if you have a good attorney in New Jersey.  What to Look for in a Criminal Defense […]