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June 2015 Archives

Accidental homicide during the commission of a felony


Most New Jersey residents know that first degree murder is considered the most serious type of homicide charge. And, through movies, television shows and other types of media, most of us know that first degree murder typically requires premeditation. That is, it typically requires the defendant coming up with a plan to kill the victim sometime before the crime took place. What many people may not know is that there are a number of types of cases in which a defendant may be convicted of first degree murder without having any such plan.

Being arrested in an "Internet sting" operation


When New Jersey residents are alleged to have committed sex offenses against children, they face the prospect of becoming a lifelong outcast among everyone they have ever known. The sad fact is that this can be true even if the charges are eventually dropped. Just being arrested - or even investigated - is oftentimes enough to result in a stigma that can last a lifetime. And, as almost any would probably be able to tell our readers, conducting "Internet sting" operations is one of the primary investigative strategies that law enforcement agencies use to catch people who are alleged to be engaged in this type of illegal conduct.

An overview of identity theft


By now our New Jersey readers have likely seen the news coverage about the massive data breach involving the personal information for almost every employee who has worked for the federal government for the last 30 or so years. Although the initial reports are pointing toward a foreign government as the culprit in this large-scale cybercrime, it will likely only heighten the pressure that law enforcement agencies are under to crackdown on identity theft and Internet fraud.

20 New Jersey students arrested in sexting controversy


Our society's advancing technological achievements are leading to many new and exciting possibilities when it comes to commerce and communication. But, the same advancements also provide an avenue for New Jersey residents to be charged with white collar crimes involving cybercrime and internet fraud. Just such a case appears to have popped up in Cape May, where 20 male students from two different schools were recently arrested in connection with an alleged sexting controversy.

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