Shoplifting Penalties in NJ

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If an individual in New Jersey is charged with shoplifting, they need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible because they face significant penalties. At Tomes & Hanratty, P.C., clients who come to us with a shoplifting charge should be sure to bring as much information as they can pertaining to the incident. … Continued

Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

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One of the most devastating things that can happen to a person is when they go to work for decades, trying to make a living, only to suffer from the harmful effects of toxic material exposure years later. Decades ago, many people had no idea how harmful lead paint and asbestos was, and now they suffer … Continued

How much is my accident worth?

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Perhaps the most asked question on the day of the initial interview for a personal injury claim is “How much is my case worth?”  Almost always a victim is annoyed when the answer is “it is too early to tell.”  Many people fail to grasp is that every case is incomparably unique.  Even asking an … Continued

Reckless Driving Offenses in New Jersey

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Reckless driving is one of the most serious traffic offenses in New Jersey. It is a “traffic offense”  with jail time. If you were charged with reckless driving, it is vital that you talk to an attorney about the charges. Reckless driving charges in New Jersey can lead to license suspensions and high fines and … Continued

Juvenile Crimes

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New Jersey residents under age 18 who have been accused of a crime are usually tried in family court, where punishments are more lenient and there is a heightened focus on rehabilitation. However, in some circumstances, adolescents are tried in the state’s adult court system, which can result in lifelong repercussions. In order to have … Continued

Pair of Unlicensed Dentists Found in NJ

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In Linden, New Jersey, police arrested two men who were performing dental work without a valid dentistry license. The arrest comes after a woman reported that after several visits to the fraudulent dentists, she obtained a very severe oral infection. She claimed to pay them $1,000. According to law enforcement, there were other victims as … Continued

Amending the schedules – a defense to bankruptcy fraud?

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One of the most common misconceptions concerning bankruptcy fraud is that amending a petition or schedule to supply missing information (or to correct inaccuracy) in an original filing will protect the debtor from a bankruptcy criminal charge. In the classic context, a debtor omits an asset from the schedules. At the meeting of creditors, the … Continued

Reaffirmation vs. Redemption

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If you want to keep your vehicle in a Chapter 7 your choices are “reaffirmation” and “redemption.” Reaffirmation is much more common. You and the lender agree to repay the loan as if you had not filed bankruptcy. You’re recommitting to pay the loan, “reaffirming” that you want to pay it. Redemption is much less … Continued

What should I do if I’m stopped by the police?

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If the police stop you, in your car or walking around, do you have to stop? Well, that depends, is it an field inquiry, in investigative detention, or an arrest? Police can’t stop people at random, they need without a particular suspicion of criminal activity by that person they want to talk to. But, police … Continued

Some Car Loans Mean Trouble

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You may ask “why should I be concerned about signing a 60 or 72 month car loan if I can afford the payment?” The answer, in a word, is “depreciation.” Cars and trucks are depreciating assets. That is,  they go down in value with each day and each mile of wear and tear. When you get … Continued