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Seaside Heights Theft Lawyer May 23, 2015

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Seaside Heights Theft Lawyer

A theft charge in Seaside Heights can apply to any number of possible events. The possible scenarios seem endless. Of course, the classic offense is simply picking up something that doesn’t belong to you. While the police may look at any case like that as a theft, there are clearly a number of explanations and defenses that can help defeat these charges. That’s where we come in. Our team of tough, smart lawyers will work to develop any and all possible defenses that may apply to the case.

Our Seaside Heights Theft Lawyers are easy to reach with offices in Toms River and throughout the entire state of New Jersey. Call us at 1-855-9-JEFLAW to discuss your case today. We are affordable and aggressive. Our initial consultations are free.

Will Chris Christie be arrested in Bridgegate scandal? May 1, 2015

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Today in New Jersey, David Wildstein entered a guilty plea and indictments against Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were unsealed.  This left most people wondering, well what about Chris Christie?  At least some were expecting that he would be arrested.  US Attorney Paul Fishman made it clear that there was no one else that would be indicted.  However, he added, based upon the evidence available to him now.

Thus, there are two possible scenarios.  One, Christie was not really involved in the bridge closings just like he said.  These three people planned this, going as far back as 2011, but never told the Governor.  That seems kind of hard to believe but it is at least a possibility.  Another scenario is that Fishman did not want to indict Christie based only on the cooperation of Wildstein.  The plan may be to see if Kelly, Baroni or both may decide to flip now that they have been indicted.  If all three of them point the finger at Christie, Fishman will have a much better case against the Governor.

Only time will tell how this one shakes out.

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Senator Robert Menendez indicted on corruption charges in New Jersey April 1, 2015

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Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been accused with trading trading political help for assorted benefits from a Florida eye doctor. The opthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, allegedly bestowed campaign contributions, plane rides and gifts upon Menendez over the course of their long relationship. In return, the Government says that he reciprocated by using his office to try to help Melgen’s various business ventures. Both men were indicted in the District of New Jersey for one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, eight counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said.
Menendez was also charged with one count of making false statements.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that, among other gifts, Menendez accepted flights on Melgen’s private jet, a first-class commercial flight and a flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s Caribbean villa in the Dominican Republic and at a hotel room in Paris; and $40,000 in contributions to his legal defense fund and over $750,000 in campaign contributions. Menendez never disclosed any of the reportable gifts that he received from Melgen on his financial disclosure forms. That presents a real problem because its one thing to just forget to disclose something but the Government also alleges that Menendez allegedly engaged in three efforts to use his Senate office and staff to advocate on behalf of Melgen’s personal and financial interests. First, Menendez allegedly pressured executive agencies in connection with a conflict between Melgen and the government of the Dominican Republic relating to a disputed contract that Melgen purchased to provide exclusive screening of containers coming through Dominican ports. Second, Menendez allegedly advocated on behalf of Melgen in connection with a Medicare billing dispute worth approximately $8.9 million to Melgen. Third, Menendez allegedly took active steps to support the tourist and student visa applications of three of Melgen’s girlfriends, as well as the visa application of the younger sister of one of Melgen’s girlfriends. Throughout these efforts, Menendez allegedly engaged in advocacy for Melgen all the way up to the highest levels of the U.S. government, including meeting with a U.S. cabinet secretary, contacting a U.S. Ambassador, meeting with the heads of executive agencies and other senior executive officials and soliciting other U.S. Senators, all in order to assist Melgen’s personal and pecuniary interests.

Thus, the Government will argue that this was not a simple oversight or a deliberate attempt to hide these gifts so that the connection between the gifts and the advocacy could not be made. Menendez will argue that there is no actual link between the two or in other words, there was no quid pro quo. The Government’s evidence us unknown but without any actual witnesses, the case may be largely circumstantial. Menendez can point to the fact that the two men have known each other for a long time and that the two were friends. Thus, this was nothing more than two friends helping each other out. Menendez would have advocated for Melgen regardless of the gifts and Melgen would have provided the gifts even if no advocacy was needed. One was not dependant on the other. The question I would have is did Menendez receive any other gifts that he did not report and/or did he perform any similar advocacy on the behalf of other people who did not provide him with such gifts? If so, this could help show that the Senator’s story is accurate.

Regardless of how it shakes out, both men have so much to lose that a plea bargain might not make any sense. So it would not suprise me if this case goes to trial.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article17137823.html

Morris County Fraud Lawyers December 13, 2014

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Morris County Fraud Lawyers

Morris County, New Jersey is a very wealthy area.  In addition, there are a lot of businesses there.  As a result, there is also a lot of fraud and other white collar crimes.  In fact, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has an entire unit that focuses on fraud and white collar crimes.  Most crimes involves drugs or violence.  Thus, the average criminal defense attorney may not handle too many fraud cases.  If you are charged with fraud in Morris County, NJ, you should hire an experienced attorney to help ensure that you receive the best result possible.

Our team of tough, smart Morris County fraud lawyers can help you with your case.  From investigating facts to filing motions to hard hitting trial strategy, we have what it takes to fight for you.  We can meet with you in Morristown or if you live out of county, one of our other offices across New Jersey.  Our initial consultations are free, so call us today to discuss your case.

Philadelphia Credit Card Fraud Lawyers December 13, 2014

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Philadelphia Credit Card Fraud Lawyers

If you have been charged with credit card fraud in Philadelphia, our team of tough, smart lawyers can help you defeat the charges against you.  In Pennsylvania, credit cards, debit cards and ATM cards are called “access devices” so the crime is actually called “access device fraud.”

Pennsylvania law makes it illegal to:

Use a counterfeit credit card or debit card;
Use another person’s credit card or debit card without that person’s permission;
Use a credit card or debit card that is revoked or canceled; or
Creating, aiding in the creation of, using or possessing a counterfeit credit card or debit card.

The law also states that a person is presumed to know that a card was counterfeit if he or she possesses two or more counterfeit cards. Also, a person is presumed to know a card has been canceled seven days after receiving notice in the mail of the card’s cancellation.  In Pennsylvania, credit card fraud is a second degree misdemeanor if the amount allegedly defrauded was less than $50, a first degree misdemeanor if less than $500, and a felony if more than $500.

Credit card fraud in Philadelphia is on the rise and police are cracking down.  If you are charged with credit card fraud or access device fraud in Philadelphia or any other court in Pennsylvania, call us today to discuss your case.  We have offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Trenton.  Our consultations are free.

New Jersey Civil Service Appeals December 10, 2014

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New Jersey Civil Service Appeals

Our New Jersey Civil Service appeals will fight for you against the NJ Civil Service Commission and local service appeals. We can help fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers and employees of all number of state agencies. In fact, one of our tough, smart civil service lawyers was recently named man of the year by one of the local FOP’s.

Our NJ defense lawyers can help you with removals from the civil service list, if you are facing minor discipline or major discipline, medical and psychological removal cases, residency appeals, and examination appeals for entry position and promotional titles.

Our employment attorneys represent civil servants at all levels from state to county, local government, public school and college employees. Our team of tough, smart lawyers are experienced with public employment law. Unlike other firms that focus on law suits and other employment issues, our focus is solely on civil servants and their fights with the Civil Service Commission. If you are facing any type of civil service issue, call our team of tough, smart employment lawyers today. Our initial consultations are free.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Fraud Lawyer December 10, 2014

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Pennsylvania Unemployment Fraud Lawyer

Unemployment fraud remains a big issue in Pennsylvania. In fact, prosecution for unemployment fraud in Pennsylvania has been picking up over the last few years. All indications point to these people completely mishandling their cases. See unlike normal crimes where the police are called and make an immediate arrest, unemployment fraud in Pennsylvania may unravel slowly. There is no emergency here and the person being investigated will likely be told that they are under investigation. As a result, this allows the target of the investigation to hire an attorney and defend the case before they are even charged! Those that do so stand a great chance of never being prosecuted.

So why then are so many prosecuted? Well the problem here is that a common defense mechanism is to tell yourself that this is no big deal and that this will all just go away. In other words, people tend to just stick their heads in the sand and not deal with it. This is in no way a strategy. The investigation will not just go away. Still other people think that they can just talk themselves out of this bad situation. As a result, they give Pennsylvania the information necessary to convict them. Do not be like these people.

If you have any indication that you are under investigation for unemployment fraud, that you will be charged or that you have been charged, call us ASAP. Our team of tough, smart defense lawyers can help you no matter where you are at in Pennsylvania. We can either meet with you in one of our offices near Philadelphia or we can handle everything right over the phone. Our consultations are always free so call us anytime. Our unemployment fraud defense lawyers are available 24/7.

Responding to Bureau of Fraud Deterrence Consent Order December 9, 2014

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Responding to Bureau of Fraud Deterrence Consent Order

State agencies, such as the Bureau of Fraud Deterrence, Department of Banking and Insurance must provide with notice that you are under investigation. This notice will advise you that they may file a civil action against you for violating the Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 17:33A-4. In addition to a civil penalty for violating the Fraud Act, you could be facing criminal charges. When you receive such a notice, they will also provide you with a consent order. The consent order clearly indicates that it does not preclude prosecution. Thus, you could wind up signing the consent order, paying a lot of money and still get arrested.

If you have received a notice that indicates that you are under investigation by the Bureau of Fraud Deterrence, you should talk to a New Jersey fraud defense lawyer before you do or say anything. OUr fraud defense lawyers know how to craft aggressive defenses to you case. It doesn’t matter how guilty you may think you are, our attorneys know how to build a proper defense. Saying or doing anything on your own could lead to a prosecution and/or you could give up some very important rights.

To discuss your Bureau of Fraud Deterrence with one of our NJ defense lawyers, call us to discuss your case today. Our initial consultations are free and we are available every day.

New Jersey Foreclosure Defense Lawyers December 9, 2014

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New Jersey Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

Our NJ foreclosure defense lawyers will aggressively fight to prevent you from being victimized by foreclosure. There are a number of legal strategies to keep you in your home and prevent the banks from foreclosing. You can be sure that we will do everything we can to guide you through the foreclosure defense process and then help you through the mortgage modification process.

Because we aggressively utilize every possible legal defense on your behalf, our foreclosure defense attorneys are better able to negotiate with the lender. This will allow you to afford to remain living in your house. Of course, each foreclosure case in New Jersey is different, so our defense lawyers specifically tailor a defense to your case. Our tough, smart lawyers use a combination of aggressive lawyering and effective negotiation to help you get the result you want with your foreclosure case.

Most of our foreclosure clients are looking to modify their mortgage so they can remain in their homes and get the foreclosure case dismissed. Because we want to be up front with our foreclosure clients, we advise you up front that our average retainer starts at $1,500 for a foreclosure defense case in New Jersey. However, our initial consultations are free. Call us now to discuss your case.

New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyer December 8, 2014

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New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyer

If you are facing an unemployment fraud case case in any part of New York, our team of aggressive defense lawyers can help you. What most people don’t realize is that the State of New York does prosecute people for unemployment fraud. In fact, these prosecutions are picking up. Thus, if you have any indication that you are under investigation for unemployment fraud or you are charged with a crime, call us to discuss your case. If you are not yet charged, we can help ensure that you never get arrested. Don’t become a statistic. You do not need your name blasted all over the Internet in a news story. Let our team of tough, smart defense lawyers help you.
We can meet with you in on of our office locations in New York or we can handle everything right over the phone. Once retained, we will let the State know that our attorneys are representing you. We will then work with them to gather the evidence against you and see if the case cannot be resolved. Quite often, we can resolve the case before the hearing date so that you don’t have to worry about being prosecuted. Our consultations are always free. Call us to discuss 24/7.