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Alleged sexual assault leads to the arrest of 5 suspects


When a parent in New Jersey sends their child off to college for the first time, that parent probably expects the child to have a little bit of fun as the transition from childhood to adulthood takes place, but for the most part they probably expect that the vast majority of the time will be focused on studying. No parent expects to get a phone call informing them that their child is facing felony-level sexual assault charges and the child needs a good criminal defense lawyer.

Former NFL player faces sexual assault charges in New Jersey


The State of New Jersey, as most people know, does not have a professional football team. The state does, however, have two teams that play their games at the new stadium in the Meadowlands: the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Most New Jersey residents probably end up as a fan of one or the other of these teams. For those among us who are Giants fans, the name Luke Petitgout will probably ring a bell.

Sexual assault alleged to be part of high-profile hazing case


As many of our readers have no doubt noticed by now, a story about the alleged criminal conduct of several football players at a New Jersey high school has made significant headlines in recent days. The conduct in question allegedly involves hazing rituals and, most importantly, possible incidents of sexual assault.

Coming up with a defense plan for sexual assault charges


Any of our New Jersey readers who have seen previous posts here know that planning a criminal defense strategy when it comes to sex crimes charges can be very difficult. In fact, when someone is facing these types of charges, any New Jersey criminal defense attorney would likely inform them that they have three basic defense options to present, if they are planning to contest the charges instead of seeking a plea agreement.

Alleged sexual assault results in $500,000 bail amount


Media reports about alleged occurrences of sexual assault are sure to catch the attention of many New Jersey residents, especially when they happen in the state. Since that is the case, the residents of Bergen County are most likely paying attention to the recent arrest of a man in Leonia involving an allegation of a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl.

Man charged with sexual assault not on registry

A recent arrest illustrates the dangers of relying too heavily on sex crime registration laws such as New Jersey's Megan's Law. A 24-year-old man was charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl on March 20, and was held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 full cash bond. He also faces charges of criminal sexual contact, luring and enticing a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bail Reform: Both Sides Agree It's Needed

The momentum for bail reform is building. Governors, prosecutors and law enforcement across the country officials agree that that the bail system needs to change. And this agreement comes from both sides of the argument. Police and advocates for victims argue that the current bail system allows violent offenders such as rapists and murderers to go back on the streets, committing additional crimes while awaiting trial for their initial offenses. And the defense bar points out that the current bail system is stacked in favor of the rich - if you have no resources, you can't make bail and may remain in jail for months awaiting trial.

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned today, free from prison

The case of American foreign exchange student Amanda Knox took an exhilarating turn today for her family and many supporters when an appeals panel overturned her murder conviction. Knox was convicted after a yearlong trial in 2009 of murdering her roommate while they were exchange students in Perugia, Italy.

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