“Opportunity to Compete Act” Limits Employers From Inquiring About Criminal Record

August 19, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

On August 11, Governor Chris Christie signed the “Opportunity to Compete Act” into law. It limits the ability of New Jersey employers to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal record. The law will become effective March 1, 2015. This new law applies to all public and private employers that employ 15 or more employees over [...]

Single Mother Faces Three Years For Bringing Gun Across State Lines

August 8, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Shaneen Allen, a single mother, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Atlantic County, NJ for an unsafe lane change. Thinking she was doing the right thing, she revealed to the officer that she was in possession of a handgun—which she had a valid Pennsylvania gun license for. What Shaneen did not know [...]

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 [...]