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What is the New Jersey Adult Drug Court?

People charged with serious offenses in the Superior Court might be eligible for admission into the New Jersey Adult Drug Court.  Drug Court is available to defendants who are facing jail or prison as long as their crime was not one of violence or one for profit.  Contact Howes & Howes if you are charged with a crime and are interested in Drug Court.

When I was a law student in Louisiana, I read the following story.  Elementary school students in a town near the Louisiana State Prison celebrated an anti-drug program by releasing balloons with “just say no” messages attached, and a request that the person who found the balloon respond to the message.  One of the balloons landed on death row at the state prison.  The death row prisoner who found the balloon responded in a written note.  The gist of the note was to the school:  If we had said no to drugs, then none of us would be here on death row.

In the two decades since then that I have spent as a prosecutor and private attorney, it has been clear to me that the vast majority of offenders have serious drug problems.

The courts and the politicians have also recognized this basic fact.  As a result, they have created the New Jersey Drug Court for people who are charged with serious crimes, and who are addicted to drugs.  Entry into the court requires a long-term commitment to recovery, and agreement on the part of the defendant to accept intensive probationary supervision and rigorous drug treatment and counseling. 

Drug Court is one of the approved alternatives to incarceration.  Indeed, the Drug Court guidelines direct that seventy per cent to eighty per cent of the people admitted to Drug Court should be prison bound offenders.  There are two provisos:  (1) You are not eligible if you have committed a crime of violence, and (2) You are not eligible if you were selling drugs or otherwise profiting from your crime.

Contact Howes & Howes with your questions. 

To visit the New Jersey Drug Court website, click on the link below:

New Jersey Adult Drug Court

What is a motion to suppress evidence?

Whenever the police take an action without an arrest or search warrant, they must be able to justify that action under the New Jersey and United States constitutions.  A person accused of a crime can challenge any arrest, confession or seizure of evidence in a proceeding called a motion to suppress evidence.


Why did I receive letters from lawyers after I got a traffic summons?

New Jersey law allows attorneys to use direct mail advertising to contact people in need of legal assistance in municipal court.  Howes & Howes uses this method to inform motorists that we specialize in municipal court and are ready to serve them.


What is the “unsafe driver” law?  Does “unsafe driving” carry points? And is there a surcharge?

When a motorist contests a moving violation, the police and prosecutor quite often agree to allow a plea to “unsafe driving”, which is a lesser offense to most violations.  There are, however, pitfalls in this approach.


How does title insurance protect me?

A property owner’s title insurance policy insures an owner of real estate against loss occasioned by defects in, liens against or unmarketability of the owner’s title.


How do the new “pay-to-play” rules work?

The Governor issued an executive order limiting the political activities of state goverment contractors.  The order limits the amounts that contractors can donate to campaigns.  The order limits contractors’ ability to raise funds for campaigns and political parties.  The devil is in the details.


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