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March 2017 Archives

Outcry against bail system changes for New Jersey juvenile crime

A few changes have been made to the way the state handles bail for underage offenders. New Jersey recently chose to allow a computer-generated risk assessment to be used when a judge is deciding bail. This assessment does not use juvenile crime records. While ordering a new detention hearing for one of the state's sex offenders, a panel of three judges was one of the first to use the new system in its decision. After this decision brought about the release of a sex offender, some feel that the new system brings with it a whole new set of issues.

Man who fled police, ran out of gas, facing drunk driving charges

An 18-year-old man was arrested last week after running out of gas while fleeing from the police. The authorities caught up with the alleged perpetrator after his car stalled in Boonton, New Jersey. He has been charged with multiple crimes, including drunk driving and producing a false government document.

Several drug charges made in Edgewater drug mill bust

According to a report from the county prosecutor, Hackensack police arrested four men who were allegedly operating a drug mill inside an Edgewater home. Police claim to have found $200,000 and a drug processing mill at the New Jersey location. Officers believe that the accused acquired the cash through illegal activities. Several arrests were made on various drug charges.

Should you trust the results of a Breathalyzer machine?

The simple answer is maybe not. When a police officer suspects a driver of being impaired, one of the tools he or she uses to substantiate an arrest is a Breathalyzer machine. This machine is designed to detect alcohol from a person's breath. If it reads .08 or more, which is the legal limit here in New Jersey, the driver could be placed under arrest.