NJ Laws Email Newsletter E259
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law
November 2, 2007
In This Issue
1. Domestic Violence Not Guilty Does Not Bar Criminal Charge
2. Traffic Ticket Served After 30 Days is Untimely
3. Terroristic Threat Can Be Both 2nd or 3rd Degree
4. Upcoming Event
5. OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE Sub-lease
6. Slip & Fall Accident
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1. Domestic Violence Not Guilty Does Not Bar Criminal Charge. State v. Brown 395 NJ Super. 492 (App. Div. 2007).
Neither the doctrine of collateral estoppel nor fundamental fairness preclude a criminal prosecution for the same events following denial of a Final Restraining Order and dismissal of a Domestic Violence complaint in the Family Part.
2. Traffic Ticket Served After 30 Days is Untimely. State v. Buczkowski 395 NJ Super. 40 (App. Div. 2007).
The Court applied the Supreme Court's dictum in State v. Fisher, 180 N.J. 462, 474 (2004), that N.J.S.A. 39:5-3a requires service of process within thirty days from the date of a alleged offense in most instances of charged motor vehicle violations. The Court, therefore, affirmed the Law Division's dismissal of a charge of reckless driving, N.J.S.A. 39:4-96, as untimely. The Court also applied the doctrine requiring "[t]he government [to] 'turn square corners' in its dealings with the public."
3. Terroristic Threat Can Be Both 2nd or 3rd Degree State v. Conklin 394 NJ Super. 408 (App. Div. 2007).
After the trial judge dismissed an indictment charging defendant with terroristic threats contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(a) in connection with threats to kill the victim, the Court reinstated the indictment, holding that threats to kill may be prosecuted under either N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(a) or N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(b) because the elements of subsection (a) differ from elements of subsection (b) and the prosecutor has the discretion to seek an indictment under either statutory provision.
4. Upcoming Events:
Nov. 15 & 26 -Piscataway Police Lecture
Nov. 18 -Barter Depot social NJ Expo Center, Edison
Nov. 19 -Mun Drug, DWI, and Mun Seminar - Sheraton, Woodbridge - see below
Nov. 23 -Born to Run - give out calendars and magnets
HANDLING DRUG, DWI & SERIOUS MUNICIPAL COURT CASES
Monday, November 19, 2007
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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- Penalties have increased for DWI and drug cases
- The alcotest 7110 is now part of DWI practice
- There are new municipal government rules
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-Hearsay & Criminal evidence since State v. Berezansky and Crawford v. Washington
-New laws, court rules and pending legislation
-Drunk driving (DWI) - State implementation of the Alcotest 7110 breath test machine
-Plea agreements in drug cases
-How to read a driver's abstract when dealing with traffic violations
-Driving while suspended
-Increased refusal penalties
-How to impress the Court and not annoy the Court staff
-Forms motions and demand letters
-Criminal case law developments during the past year
-The Rules of Professional Conduct: retainer agreements and professionalism
This "nuts and bolts" guide to municipal court practice and procedure will prepare you to effectively represent clients in all types of cases that are heard in Municipal Court. An authoritative panel of experienced attorneys will delve into a wide variety of matters that you are likely to encounter. They will also bring you up to date on recent developments you need to understand in order to effectively represent your clients.
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