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Can You Lie to a Police Officer in New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When you are confronted by a police officer, it can be an extremely stressful experience. You may not be sure of how to act or what to say. You may be scared for your life. In these circumstances, it’s not surprising that many innocent citizens choose to lie to a police officer. There are… Read More »


Can I Go to Jail for Running a Ponzi Scheme in New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In recent years, various states have cracked down on so-called “Ponzi schemes” or “pyramid schemes.” New Jersey is one of many states that have taken a tough stance against these types of businesses. But what is the legal definition of a Ponzi scheme? When does your business fall into this category? Do you need… Read More »


What Are New York’s Self-Defense Laws?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Protecting yourself against violence is an obvious choice. After all, who in their right mind would stand idly by and accept a potentially life-threatening situation? In most cases, acts of self-defense happen on an almost instinctual level. Before we know it, we’re acting out of muscle memory and fighting to protect ourselves and our… Read More »


Should I Remain Silent During an Arrest In New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When you’re being arrested, it’s often difficult to think and behave in a logical manner. You may be extremely emotional due to the circumstances that led to your arrest, and there may be a million different thoughts running through your mind. Although it’s certainly no easy feat, remaining calm and collected is by far… Read More »


What Happens When You Drive Without a License in New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Driving without a license in New Jersey is never a good idea, but it’s a common offense in the Garden State. For many individuals who are stopped by police without a license, the crime is purely accidental. Perhaps you misplaced your wallet before getting in the car. Maybe you removed your license from your… Read More »


I Assaulted a Co-Worker in New York. What are My Legal Options?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

No one should have to experience a hostile work environment in New York or any other state. Unfortunately, stressful environments can cause well-meaning and good-natured people to lose control at times. If you have assaulted your co-worker in New York, it’s important to consider your legal options. There’s no need to simply accept your… Read More »


Drunk Driving Laws in New York: How A DWI Defense Lawyer Can Help

By Phillip J. Murphy |

All 50 states have laws against drunk driving, usually defined as operating a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or higher, but New York’s driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws are especially detailed.  In New York, it matters not only how much alcohol you consumed and whether you have previous DWIs… Read More »

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What is Drug Possession with Intent to Sell?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In our lifetime, the law has begun to treat people charged with drug possession more humanely and to acknowledge that addiction is an illness, not a series of malicious acts.  For example, Rockland County has a drug court program that connects people charged with drug possession or other nonviolent offenses that stem from incidents… Read More »


Could Legalized Recreational Cannabis Be New York State’s Ticket to Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When you look at the history of cannabis policies, it becomes obvious that New York was miles ahead of the rest of the country for decades.  In some ways, it is surprising that New York has not legalized recreational cannabis use for adults at the state level, when eleven other states, including deep red… Read More »


Rockland County Drug Court Aims to Help Defendants in Their Paths to Society

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Does it make sense to send someone to prison for years, or even decades, for possession of a single dose of illegal drugs?  Given our society’s current understanding of substance use disorder as an illness, it is cruel and unfair to compound the suffering of people struggling with addiction by imposing prison sentences, followed… Read More »

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