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Four Teens Charged With Raping Fifteen Year Old Girl

East Brunswick Juvenile Defense Attorney

Four New Jersey teenagers are facing charges in the sexual assault of a severely inebriated teenaged girl. The event was apparently videotaped on a cellphone. The 15 year old female victim has has no recollection of the sexual assault.

Craig Howe, Justin Draper and Ashari Wilson, all 18 years old, and from Elmwood Park, New Jersey, filmed themselves sexually assaulting the girl – and then proceeded to dump her onto her parent’s front lawn. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the adult legal limit at .27. An unidentified 4th teen, age 17, was also charged in the assault, as a juvenile, with aggravated sexual assault, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Ashari Wilson faces charges of manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a minor, hindering apprehension, invasion of privacy, and possession of child pornography. His bond is currently set at $200,000.

The smartphone recording of the assault – which took place June 21 at Ashari Wilson’s house party – is the only existing evidence of the crime. Local police have not revealed how they discovered the video proof’s existence.

Does Your Son or Daughter Need an East Brunswick Juvenile Defense Lawyer?

When juveniles commit crimes, there is a sense of hope that the offender can be rehabilitated and restore a clean criminal record. East Brunswick juvenile defense lawyer Jeffrey Goldblatt counsels and represents minors ― and works with minors’ parents ― who have been charged with crimes that include:

  • Drug offenses
  • Drug possession
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft and property crimes
  • Burglaries
  • Criminal mischief
  • Underage drinking
  • Assault / Sexual Assault

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Do you need juvenile defense for an assault crime or other crime? Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq. 732-200-1994 East Brunswick | 732-200-1995 Freehold | Fill out our online intake form.

New Jersey Judge Rules Power of Attorney Cannot Appear or Sign on Behalf of a Divorcing Spouse

Family Law and Divorce Attorney in Monmouth County New Jersey

Ocean County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones ruled in a case last year, and published this week, – Marsico v. Marsico – that a party in a divorce case cannot have a person vested with the power of attorney appear in court or sign pleadings on his or her behalf. Judge Jones said that, generally, a divorcing spouse must participate personally in the proceedings unless there has been a finding that he or she is incompetent or needs the assistance of a guardian.

“Particularly in the realm of matrimonial and family court litigation, the entire fact-finding procedure is heavily dependent upon the testimony of the parties themselves, and involves a focus on otherwise private issues,” Jones said.

“Given the multiple layers of written and oral testimony which a divorce litigant may need to supply during the course of a case, a participating party cannot be permitted to sidestep his or her testimonial obligations by simply deputizing another person as POA to testify on his or her behalf,” he said.

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Freehold Family Law and Divorce Lawyer

Jeffrey W. Goldblatt has over 30 years experience as a New Jersey divorce and matrimonial law attorney. Located in East Brunswick and Freehold, New Jersey, his offices have handled a variety of divorce cases-from the most simple to the extremely complex. Contact an experienced New Jersey divorce lawyer today for assistance with your divorce.

NJ Assembly Measure Seeks to Ban Lifetime Alimony

Divorce and Alimony Attorney in Freehold and East Brunswick New Jersey

Future divorcees in New Jersey will no longer have an option of permanent alimony if a measure advanced by an Assembly committee is voted into law. The bill was modeled after a similar law in Massachusetts, and would spell the end of permanent alimony payments.

Instead, the legislation proposes that for those married less than 20 years, the duration of alimony payments would be limited to the same number of years that the marriage lasted. Although this change might be deemed welcome by alimony payers, the end of permanent alimony would not apply to those who are already paying it.

Alimony, and divorce in general, brings up many potentially sensitive issues — who should pay it, for how long should they pay it, and how much should be paid? What if your ex (the payee) begins co-habitating with another person? Should the payer still have to pay alimony, and if so – still pay the same amount? To help to determine the answers to these, and all other divorce questions, you need an experienced New Jersey family law and divorce lawyer on your side.

Jeffrey Goldblatt resolves divorce situations as expeditiously as possible. His philosophy is that it is easier to resolve situations early instead of allowing them to languish in court, and his assistants are always willing to address client concerns.

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Concealed Weapon Licenses – Learning the Hard Way That State – to – State, Licenses Don’t Always Carry

Freehold and East Brunswick New Jersey Criminal Attorney

Mother of two, Shaneen Allen, 27, was pulled over October 1st of last year in Atlantic County, New Jersey, after performing an unsafe lane change. Allen, who had no criminal history on record previous to this encounter, preceded to tell the officer that she had a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun, and also a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. Ms. Allen was unfortunately unaware that her PA permit was not transferable to New Jersey State.

Ms. Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. She was also charged with the possession of hollow-point bullets. The illegal possession of a handgun is a second-degree felony, punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison, if convicted.

According to Fox News, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center said Shaneen Allen’s case was similar to that of Brian Aitken, a New Jersey man who was sentenced to prison for seven years. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie later commuted Aitken’s sentence.

DWI ∙ Traffic Violations ∙ Drug Charges ∙ Other Criminal Charges

With more than 30 years of experience, East Brunswick and Freehold criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Goldblatt brings skilled, vigorous help to those facing criminal charges in New Jersey. Whether through negotiations or at trial, our DWI attorney can vigorously seek the best possible outcome on your behalf.

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Traffic Cameras – New Jersey Drivers

Bill A3527 Would Block Sharing New Jersey Driver Info With Other States Attempting to Fine for Red Light and Speed Camera Violations

Legislation has been introduced in New Jersey attempting to block the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission from sharing license plate information with other states for speed camera, and red light camera, violations. In December, when the red light program expires, drivers in New Jersey may no longer have to worry about getting caught on camera running a red light in their home state, nor in any other state that allows red light photography (twenty four states [and the District of Columbia] currently allow red light cameras). In other words, if a camera in Delaware caught you running a red light, New Jersey would not give the state of Delaware the information it would need to obtain in order to fine you.

The bill (A3527) was introduced by Assemblyman O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), who stated that the systems are not effective and that motorists should not be preyed upon (CBS News).

Middlesex County and Monmouth County Traffic Violations Practice

Whether you are a New Jersey resident or you were passing through the state, we protect the rights of all drivers who have been issued a traffic violation in New Jersey. We can protect you if you face on of the following charges in New Jersey traffic court:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless Driving or Careless Driving
  • Drunk Driving or Drug Possession
  • Driving with Revoked or Suspended License; or Without Insurance
  • Any other motor vehicle offense

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Criminal Defense Attorney

Monmouth County Criminal Defense Attorney

East Brunswick Criminal Defense Lawyer

For a free confidential consultation with an experienced Freehold criminal defense lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, Esq., at 732-200-1994 East Brunswick | 732-200-1995 Freehold | or fill out our online intake form.

Being charged with a crime in New Jersey can be quite serious. For many, it can represent a first encounter with the legal, and criminal justice, systems. The threat of losing your freedom, and fear of the unknown, can often cause extreme anxiety.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, Esq., provide representation based on our extensive experience for individuals charged with a crime, or those who are under criminal investigation throughout Monmouth County and Middlesex County. Our number one priority is you. We can help alleviate much of the stress and anxiety that accompanies an arrest by explaining your charges and the legal process to you.

With more than 30 years of experience, attorney Goldblatt can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the case against you, and the defenses that may be available to you. He will take the time to listen to you and answer your questions. For actual client testimonials regarding attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, please visit our Testimonials page.

Aggressive Freehold New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

We provide experienced representation and an aggressive criminal defense against both misdemeanor and felony charges, including the following:

  • Traffic Violations
  • DWI and DUI Charges
  • Drug Offenses
  • Theft and Property Crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • College Student Offenses
  • Assault Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Expungement

Serious criminal charges require a serious criminal defense; attorney Goldblatt utilizes his more than three decades of experience in fighting to protect your rights and freedom. Make sure you have the information you need in order to make informed decisions and, if your case goes to trial, know that you’ll have a sound criminal defense.

Contact Experienced Defense Attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your matter in confidence with our office, please call 732-200-1994 East Brunswick | 732-200-1995 Freehold | or fill out our online intake form, and we will contact you to schedule a consultation. Call us today to ensure your future, and your freedom.

Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

New Jersey Family Violence Lawyers

Family violence is a very real problem in New Jersey. Restraining orders are available for victims of family violence. Unfortunately, there are individuals who use domestic violence allegations to gain an advantage in a child custody and visitation dispute.

Because of the seriousness of family violence, it is important that you speak with a family law attorney who can help you understand the issues and fight to protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, Esq., we assist victims of domestic violence, as well as individuals accused of domestic violence, throughout northern New Jersey. Call us at 732-200-1994, 732-200-1995 or fill out our online intake form for a prompt response from experienced, aggressive family violence lawyer. Our domestic violence and restraining order law practice has offices in East Brunswick, and Freehold, New Jersey.

We have extensive experience handling restraining order hearings involving domestic violence. If you are a victim of family violence or are in imminent danger of being injured by a relative, family friend or family member, we can assist you with procuring a temporary restraining order and, later, a permanent restraining order.

Likewise, if you have been accused of committing family violence or have a hearing for a restraining order based on allegations of domestic violence, we can provide you with representation in family court. We will work to ensure your divorce or family law interests are protected. We will provide you with advice based on experience, so you can make informed decisions about your defense, including whether to accept a plea or go to trial.

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Protect your interests in a domestic violence action, or let us help you understand issues involving restraining orders and their effect on a divorce or family law matter by contacting us to schedule a convenient consultation. Our family law attorney has a strong background in family law, divorce and domestic violence matters. We can arrange daytime, evening or weekend appointments to protect your rights and ensure you receive the family violence information and advice you need.

Avoiding Future Problems with Criminal Arrests

Taking the Long View to Protect Your Interests Down the Road

When people get in trouble with the criminal justice system, they tend to concentrate on the best ways to get rid of the immediate problems related to an arrest, prosecution and the possibility of jail time. While this is understandable, you can sometimes create worse problems for yourself later on if you don’t balance the need to deal with today’s problem against your interest in tomorrow’s consequences.

Contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey W. Goldblatt in East Brunswick and Freehold, New Jersey if you need advice about the best ways to deal with an arrest and prosecution. We help people to avoid the worst consequences of a criminal arrest while looking out for their future interests. By expanding your options for a favorable resolution of the charges you’re facing, we can help you deal with the problem at hand while also helping you avoid the ongoing consequences of a brush with the law.

For first offenders or people arrested for such crimes as marijuana possession or drunk driving, the temptation is often to accept a no-jail plea offer and then get on with the rest of their lives. For many, this can be a huge mistake. People who hold professional licenses in teaching, nursing, trucking or other occupations often find that their guilty plea leads to disciplinary problems with their licensing board. A guilty plea to a domestic violence complaint can interfere with child custody and visitation rights. A good defense attorney will develop a defense to your current charges with your most important professional, family and personal considerations in mind.

Protecting You from the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Case

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt, Esq., defense attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt can help people to understand the big picture. While investigating the facts essential to defending you against the charges you’re facing, he will also be looking into ways to keep your case out of court altogether. Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, an otherwise effective defense strategy might not be the best choice in your case. The goal is not only to protect you from punishment for the charges at hand, it’s also to avoid or minimize the problems that an arrest or conviction could cause for you in the future.

That’s why the first steps are intended to find ways to eliminate the risk of punishment completely, by working toward a possible dismissal of the case, finding diversion or treatment programs that could bypass the criminal justice system altogether, and/or negotiating release conditions that could keep your record clean – if you avoid further contact with law enforcement and prosecutors for a period of time.

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Our ability to resolve criminal cases with an eye toward avoiding the collateral damage of an arrest and conviction represents a major advantage for clients of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt. To learn more about your most promising options for defending yourself without unanticipated future consequences, contact us by calling 732-200-1994, 732-200-1995 or you can contact us online.

Alimony Reform in New Jersey

New Jersey Lawmakers Attempt to Reform Archaic Alimony Laws

Compromise between lawmakers is presenting an issue in the attempt to overhaul New Jersey’s archaic alimony laws.

Assembly Bill A845/S488 – sponsored by Dem. Charles Mainor – has the backing of the N.J. Alimony Reform Group, who feel New Jersey’s existing alimony laws create an unfair environment. The bill establishes specific criteria for modifying or terminating alimony payments under several circumstances, including:

  • when the paying spouse retires
  • when the paying spouse loses their job, or otherwise has a reduction in income
  • when the recipient spouse cohabits with another person

Permanent alimony‘ is a phrase that the bill would eliminate within the statutes. It would be replaced with ‘alimony of indefinite term‘ in order to reflect the fact that alimony judgements can be modified by the court if situations change.

The New Jersey Bar Association is also calling for change. It supports Assembly Bill A1649/S1808, which is sponsored by Dem. members Thomas Giblin and Pamela Lampitt. This bill also calls for substantial changes to the current alimony system.

The aforementioned bills would also establish parameters for determining the amount and duration of other types of alimony. For example, the limited duration alimony term would be mostly based on marriage length:

  • A marriage of five years or less – alimony would be equal to 50 percent of the number of months of the marriage
  • Marriages lasting five to 10 years – alimony would be 60 percent of the total months
  • 10 to 15 years – 70 percent
  • 15 to 20 years – 80 percent.

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At the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq., we will make sure your financial future is protected when it comes to developing a fair and comprehensive alimony plan. We can also help you with post judgment modifications when there has been a significant change to the financial situation of you or your former spouse.With offices in Freehold and East Brunswick, we are equipped to help clients throughout New Jersey. Contact us today for more information about our evening and weekend appointments.

Beginning April 28, 2014 – Child Support Amnesty Week in New Jersey

Divorce and Family Law Attorney in East Brunswick, NJ

For the first time in a decade, New Jersey will offer Child Support Amnesty Week beginning April 28, 2014. In 2004, New Jersey offered a similar opportunity, collecting $1+ million in payments.

From Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, 2014 the Do the Right Thing for Your Kids program encourages delinquent parents to visit a county probation office to make a payment – and then draft a plan for back pay and for future payments.

Arrest warrants will be discharged and/or driver’s license suspensions lifted for those who are able to reach a settlement. Those who are unable to reach an acceptable agreement won’t be arrested – and will be allowed to leave the office.

The Impact of Not Paying Child Support

When a non-custodial parent ceases making their support payments, they are technically violating a court order. Currently in New Jersey, 58% of non-custodial payers are failing to meet payment obligations. The attorney general can in turn take legal action against this contempt, which can include criminal sanctions such as:

  • Garnishment of lottery winnings
  • Passport suspension
  • Tax refund interception
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Suspension of passports, business licenses, etc.

Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq.

When it comes to your future, you do not want to take any chances. When going through a divorce, you need the experience and dedication of an experienced lawyer.

With over thirty years of experience, attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt is familiar with the challenges you face in both negotiation and litigation in all New Jersey courts. We have offices in Freehold and East Brunswick in order to best serve the concerns of our clients. We also offer evening and weekend appointments. Contact us today for more information about how the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq. can serve you. Call the location in Freehold, New Jersey at 732-200-1995 or East Brunswick, New Jersey at 732-200-1994.