Criminal Law Blog

Search and Seizure Law In New Jersey – An Update: Motor Vehicle Searches

In January 2003, two people, Minitee and Bland robbed a spa in Fort Lee, New Jersey. When the officers arrived at the scene, individuals in the area pointed out a red SUV blocked by traffic at a light and indicated that the occupants were armed and had just robbed the spa. Mr. Bland, holding a gun, jumped from the SUV and ran from the scene (considering he is now a defendant, it should be clear—he got caught).

Search and Seizure Law in New Jersey—A Primer

The other day, after we published my blog post about the New Jersey Supreme Court’s “Animal House” decision, I received some emails about police searches in general. So, in response, I thought the below primer may be helpful to understand what the police can and cannot do to you, your car, and your home. I should note that search and seizure issues are among the most fact-sensitive aspects of a criminal case.

New Jersey’s Official Misconduct Statute in a Nutshell

We have all heard the news stories—“Director of Hoboken Parking Utility Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct”; “Former Denville police officer pleads guilty to misconduct”; “The half-brother of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack has pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct”; and “Former Dover police dispatcher pleads guilty to official misconduct.” But, I bet you don’t know the serious consequences that accompany New Jersey’s Official Misconduct statute.