2053 Woodbridge Avenue - Edison, NJ 08817

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

E591 1. NJ Municipal courts are back in (Zoom) Session

1. NJ Municipal courts are back in (Zoom) Session
2. June 10 Metuchen Library Wills Seminar at 6:30pm
3. Interlock required even for out of state drivers with refusal to take breath test.
4. Flag Day Sunday June 14
5. Welcome Summer Law Student Law Clerks
6. Happy Father's Day
           1. NJ Municipal courts are back in (Zoom) Session
We are helping clients by resolving cases while courts physically closed due to Covid
1.  After attorney is retained, a Letter of Representation is sent to both court and the prosecutor.
2.  We call court to confirm letter received, then ask court which prosecutor is handling the case. Many towns have more than one prosecutor.
3.  We email the prosecutor a proposed reduced charge plea.
4.  After plea deal with prosecutor is confirmed, we prepare a Defense by Certification/ Plea by mail. Often the prosecutor will also email a plea form  to also be agreed by the person charged.
5.  Plea forms are signed by the person charged [the client], then emailed to both court and prosecutor.
6.  For regular traffic tickets, the court will often accept the client's sign plea form without an appearance on Zoom.
7.  For all criminal charges and serious traffic that are resolved, the court will require an appearance by Zoom, telephone or Microsoft teams.
8.  We recommend clients review their traffic history and municipal court history for free online prior to the hearing if the judge asks them about prior tickets. https://portal.njcourts.gov/webe5/MPAWeb/index.jsp
You do not need a password to login 
You can Search by:  Drivers License Number    [for all your traffic violations] or
Full Name [for all your traffic violations]
9. After case is resolved, pay by check or online https://portalnjmcdirect-cloud.njcourts.gov/prweb/PRServletPublicAuth/wQ2guhy8lqKPggD8pVI7RLYVZ9vxwNMF*/!STANDARD?AppName=NJMC&fromBrowserHistory=true.
10. Trials and motions with witnesses must wait until physical court sessions resume, unless defendant and attorney consent. I do not recommend zoom trials or motions.
           2. Next events 
June 10 Metuchen Library Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar will be June 10 at 6:30pm via Zoom online
Login details upcoming at https://www.metuchenlibrary.org
June 15, 2020 Woodbridge library Will Seminar at 7pm is now a Live on Zoom event Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar
Now on Zoom! June 15, 2020 at 7pm Monday Virtual program
WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING EASY Free program open to the public, you do not need to be a Township resident to attend. :
         To Register:
  June 9 at 1pm Handling Criminal Misdemeanor and Traffic Cases: New Ideas to Expand and Excel Your Practice Webinar Free for ABA members https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/400650896/
          3. Interlock required even for out of state drivers with refusal to take breath test. State v. Colson, N.J. Super. App. Div NOT APPROVED FOR PUBLICATIONDefendant appealed the order directing him to install an ignition interlock device. Defendant was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to breath testing and reckless driving. He pled guilty to refusal to submit to a breath test and the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to loss of driving privileges, installation of an ignition interlock device and to attend 12 hours at the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center. Municipal court judge rejected the defense argument that ignition interlock device installation did not apply to out-of-state drivers. Defendant appealed and trial judge imposed the same sentence as the municipal court judge. 
         Defendant renewed his argument that the interlock device requirement did not apply to him because he was licensed in Pennsylvania. He argued N.J.S.A 39:4-50(c) showed the legislature intended to differentiate between New Jersey drivers and out-of-state drivers and the ignition interlock requirement applied when a driver's license was suspended not when his driving privileges were revoked. Court was not persuaded and noted the plain language of the refusal statute did not exempt out-of-state drivers from the ignition interlock device requirement and punished "any person" who violated the statute. Source Daily Briefing - 03/16/20 14-2-4053
         4. Flag Day Sunday June 14
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was the first fraternal organization to observe Flag Day. The President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation calling upon officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on such day.
We hope that as you acknowledge the great love for your country by displaying our flag.
          5. Welcome Summer Law Student Law Clerks
Anthony Raccuia         Tulane Law
Xenovia BartholomewNortheastern Law      
Bartlomiej Wisla  Appalachian School of Law
Gregory Youssef         Rutgers Law Newark
Patrick J Foy      Seton Hall Law
           6. Happy Father's Day June 21 to my Dad, Al Vercammen, veteran of Korean War, past president Metuchen First Aid, and a volunteer leader of the YMCA Indian Guides. As a kid one of my great memories was to sit in the Metuchen First Aid ambulance and hit the siren as we rode in the Metuchen Memorial Day parade. Dad was selected as Man of the Year by the Metuchen Jaycees for his volunteer work. Dad and mom traveled to Scranton while I was in college to see Mike Brennan and I win a race for the University of Scranton Varsity Cross-Country team. We enjoyed spending time every Memorial Day, 4thof July and Labor Day with then for 28 years at the Poconos Lake house, now at Dad's Active Adult Community in Jackson on Father's Day
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