Paterson, Jersey City, and Newark Join Forces to Fight Crime

July 29, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Recently, the mayors of Paterson, Jersey City, and Newark announced a new initiative designed to fight crime and strengthen the communities involved by pooling data. The three cities plan to share intelligence, police officer information, and purchasing agreements. Steven Fulop, the Mayor of Jersey City, explained: “We know we must pool resources and take a [...]

NJ’s Senator Booker Proposes REDEEM Act for Non-Violent Offenders

July 21, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Although they are from opposite sides of the political aisle, Cory Booker and Rand Paul teamed up to reform the country’s approach to non-violent, criminal offenders. Recently, they announced their intention to sponsor legislation, which they dubbed the “REDEEM Act.” Their goal is to change the focus from punishing low-level drug offenders to helping them [...]

Is New Jersey’s War on Drugs Over?

July 11, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Back in 2011, Governor Christie declared that the so-called “war on drugs” was a failure. Since then, he has been advocating for drug treatment and rehabilitation instead of incarceration. Recently, at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, Mr. Christie said, “I believe if you’re pro-life, as I am, you need to be [...]

Don’t Get Busted With Fireworks in NJ this Fourth of July

July 3, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

The Fourth of July is here and, for many New Jersey residents, Independence Day means beaches, barbecues, and fireworks. Most NJ residents know that buying, selling, or distributing fireworks within the state is illegal (a violation of NJSA 21:3-2) yet every year thousands flock across the border to Pennsylvania to bring fireworks back home for [...]

Supreme Court: Anonymous 9-1-1 Tip Enough to Support a Traffic Stop

May 27, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s most recent Fourth Amendment decision in Navarette v California, decided last month, police can rely entirely on an anonymous tip about a single instance of bad driving—for example, a single swerve— to justify a DWI traffic stop. In this case the driver and his passenger happened to be transporting 30 [...]

The Ability to Expunge a Criminal Record May Come to New York State

March 18, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

During his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recently proposed new criminal expungement measures to prevent citizens from being penalized forever for one mistake. During his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Judge Lippman advocates allowing convicted criminals to wipe their records clean as long as they avoid an arrest [...]

Essex County Mother and Daughter Convicted for Stealing Nearly $600,000 in Unemployment Benefits

February 20, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

On December 20, 2013, Janice Allen, 57, and Janice Dilligard, 37, a mother and daughter from Newark, were convicted for filing false unemployment insurance fund claims and stealing a total of $585,304 from New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Specifically, the pair was convicted of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree theft by deception and second-degree financial facilitation, [...]