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Understanding the Concept of “Victimless Crime” in New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

No victim, no crime. That is the underlying principle behind the concept of victimless crime. If no one is being victimized, then should we really be spending taxpayer dollars and resources on punishing so-called criminals? If we decriminalize victimless crimes, it could radically transform our society. Opponents of this movement may argue against it,… Read More »


Can I Insult a Police Officer in New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When many people encounter the police, they inherently act in a respectful, almost subservient manner. It’s important to remember that police officers are human beings just like the rest of us. They perform an important duty, and they often face all kinds of abuse and nonsense on a daily basis. That being said, police… Read More »


Do I Have to Testify as a Defendant in New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you face criminal charges in New York, one of the most worrying thoughts is taking the witness stand. This is obviously a stressful situation for many people, and it is what most of us think of when we imagine ourselves “on trial.” Defendants who take the witness stand often feel like they’re being… Read More »


What Happens if I Accidentally Buy a Stolen Car in New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Cars are more expensive than ever, and many New Yorkers today buy second-hand instead of picking up a brand new automobile from a car dealership. Not only is this a more budget-friendly option, but it’s also better for the environment. However, this frugal purchase can quickly become a regrettable decision when you discover the… Read More »


Can You Go to Jail for Violating New Jersey’s Fishing Laws?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in New Jersey, and for many individuals it is their main source of income. New Jersey is one of the most sought-after fishing destinations in the nation, despite its small size and dense population. There are many places to go fishing in New Jersey, and a… Read More »


New Bill Would Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Nonviolent Offenses in New Jersey

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Most people can agree that nonviolent crimes should not be placed in the same general category as violent crimes. The intent to harm someone else is very different than trying to make a quick buck by bending the rules, driving without proper insurance, or stealing food in order to feed your family. In New… Read More »


Penalties for Fraud During Covid-19 Are More Severe In New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The severity of legal consequences can depend on many factors. Obviously, penalties vary depending on which specific crime was being committed. They may also vary based on who was being victimized, as hate crime laws can result in stiffer penalties for racially-motivated crimes. The frequency of the crime can also impact the penalty, as… Read More »


New Jersey Experiences Spike in Homicides

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Homicides are on the rise in New Jersey, and experts are struggling to figure out why. If you have been accused of a murder in New Jersey, you are part of a surge that has seen the homicide rate climb by as much as 23% in 2020 and beyond. The statistics are quite confusing,… Read More »


The Most Effective Criminal Defense Strategies

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you’re facing a serious criminal charge in New York, you might be wondering what the best strategy might be. The options are almost limitless for defendants in the Empire State, although the best strategy is obviously the one that provides the best legal outcome for you. Of course, you should always consult with… Read More »


Being Charged with Dumping Toxic Waste in New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Sanitation is incredibly important in a densely-populated state like New York, and this is why there are such strict rules against dumping prohibited waste. Without these laws, our state would quickly become overwhelmed by individuals and companies recklessly dumping all kinds of waste wherever they pleased. But what happens if you have been charged… Read More »

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