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N.J.S.A. 2C:1-5- Abolition of common law crimes; all offenses defined by statute; application of general provisions of the code; limitation of local government laws

Today’s statute is N.J.S.A. 2c:1-5.  This statute abolishes common law crimes in New Jersey and makes any criminal offense one defined by statute.  This is an important statute as courts have long held ignorance of the law to not be a defense for breaking the law.  When common law crimes could be charged a person

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Is My Criminal Charge a Felony or Misdemeanor?

In New Jersey the terms felony and misdemeanor will not be found on a criminal complaint.  New Jersey uses different terms for these offenses.  In New Jersey a felony is called an Indictable Offense or Crime.  There are four degrees of indictable offenses, 1-4, and they are tried by the County Prosecutor’s Office in the

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Six Important Steps for Starting Your Criminal Defense

Being charged with any criminal offense, from a traffic ticket, Disorderly Person Offense (misdemeanor), to a Crime (felony), can be stressful. Often times people are unsure how to begin preparing their defense. This guide will give you the important information to begin preparing your defense. Follow this guide to get the best possible result. Keep

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