Author: William Proetta Criminal Law

porch piracy

Edison Theft Lawyers “Porch pirate” is a common term for a person who steals packages from doorways or porches before the homeowner can pick them up. Incidents of alleged stealing of packages while people aren’t home are not rare occurrences in New Jersey. In fact, as more New Jersey residents do their shopping through online […]

burglary car

In New Jersey, entering a stranger’s car without permission by breaking in or opening a locked door to take something in the vehicle is burglary. Likewise, staying in the car to drink, smoke, or sleep is burglary. And the burglar does not have to make off with the stolen car items to be guilty of […]

fentanyl

Being Charged with Fentanyl Possession or Distribution is a Serious Situation in NJ Far more potent than morphine, you often find Fentanyl in heroin, a potentially lethal opiate cocktail directly connected to overdoses in New Jersey. According to 2017 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Fentanyl is 50 times […]

lane change

Unsafe lane change is a common occurrence on New Jersey roadways, sometimes leading to accidents between vehicles or single car crashes where a driver accidentally hits something when crossing between lanes. Even if they do not get in an accident, they can still be in trouble. A police officer can stop a driver for changing lanes without […]

chess piece

For DUI offenses, New Jersey law formerly prohibited a judge from reducing a sentence until 2008 when the law changed. In 2008, however, case law introduced the “step down” rule for DWI offenses. What is the NJ 10-Year Step Down Rule? The rule’s effect is to lessen the severity of punishment when a ten-year interval […]

winter break

College students have a hard enough time when they are at school trying to study and navigate living on their own for the first time, so it’s to be expected that they will want to relax and “let loose” when they return home for winter break. But sometimes things can go terribly wrong, and the […]

holiday

The late fall and early winter months mean that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are on the way, and it’s time for holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, this also means that police in Hoboken, Jersey City, and elsewhere in New Jersey are also getting ready to make arrests. The truth is that law enforcement sees a significant […]

alcohol

During the Time Surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, Police in New Jersey Are on High Alert for Potential Drunk Drivers, Especially in Jersey Shore Towns. Drunk driving is a year-round focus for New Jersey law enforcement, but they tend to place an even greater emphasis on DWI arrests during the holidays, and specifically on […]

ignition interlock device

You Could Face Severe Penalties if You Fail to Install an Ignition Interlock Device in Your Car, Tamper With, or Attempt to Drive Without the Interlock in New Jersey. New Jersey drunk driving laws carry a number of different penalties that can make life difficult for convicted DWI offenders. If you are convicted or plead […]

drugs money bullets

Anyone who is arrested for a drug offense in New Jersey needs to have a qualified criminal defense attorney on their side because many of these offenses can result in considerable jail or prison time, especially if the charge is for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) such as heroin, cocaine, or prescription drugs. […]