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What Is The Penalty For Forced Labor In New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Slavery is a thing of the past… or is it? In the United States, it is illegal to force someone to work against their will. However, this still actually occurs in New York. Sometimes, defendants commit this crime without fully realizing it. Sometimes, they may think it is acceptable to force people to work,… Read More »

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Man In Cumberland County Found With Multiple Improvised Explosives

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Creating homemade explosives is illegal in New Jersey. If you are caught engaging in this behavior, you will face significant legal penalties. It doesn’t matter whether you planned to hurt anyone, and it doesn’t matter whether you even planned to detonate the explosives. The authorities will not care whether you created the bombs purely… Read More »

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New York’s New Muffler Laws: Was This Really Necessary?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed new legislation that would increase penalties for “excessively noisy” mufflers and exhaust systems. Already, critics have started to question the necessity of this law. Some have even called it poorly written. In the end, could this prove to be just another excuse for police to pull innocent, law-abiding motorists… Read More »

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What You Need To Know About New Jersey’s Ban On Animal-Tested Cosmetics

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The animal rights crowd is no doubt celebrating a significant victory in New Jersey, as the state has just announced that it will ban all cosmetics products tested on animals by 2022. This might be a major win for them, but what about the companies that sell these products? What about local cosmetics stores… Read More »

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How To Fight Different Kinds Of Evidence In Court

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you have been accused of a crime in New York, prosecutors will need to present various forms of evidence in order to have you convicted. Depending on the crime you have committed, the court may be presented with all kinds of different evidence. This can seem quite daunting, especially if the prosecutor shows… Read More »

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Is Cryptocurrency Legal In New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

People are getting involved with cryptocurrency at an incredible rate, and residents of New Jersey are certainly participating in this new financial craze. But could cryptocurrencies become illegal in the future? Part of the appeal of digital currency is the fact that it’s quite unregulated, and that it exists outside of the scope of… Read More »

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What Is The Penalty For Trafficking Wild Animals In New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

While owning a pet is perfectly legal in New York, there are also strict laws that govern the sale of animals. Certain animals, no matter how cute they may be, are illegal to own as pets. While owning one of these pets may result in serious legal consequences, you face much greater penalties if… Read More »

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What Is The Penalty For Burning A Police Car In New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Burning police cars have become some of the most shocking and iconic symbols of recent political unrest in the United States. Some celebrate the destruction of police property, claiming that this is just another example of lawful political protest. Others argue that we should support police officers as the lawfully appointed guardians of our… Read More »

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Penalties For Misclassifying Employees In New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you are running a business in New Jersey, you probably already know that there is a big difference between independent contractors and employees. If you’re working with independent contractors, you are not required to worry about things like benefits, employment insurance, and other details. Because there are certain advantages to working with independent… Read More »

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Is It Worth Fighting A Traffic Ticket In New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

After getting a traffic ticket in New Jersey, you may be dead-set on fighting it in court. You may believe that the ticket was unwarranted, and you may be unwilling to simply sit back and accept the unfair consequences. However, as time goes on and your frustration begins to fade, you might start to… Read More »

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