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Jury Nullification

What is Jury Nullification?

The law is a fascinating subject, and, even if you are not a legal scholar, there are always criminal trials making headlines in the news.  There are flamboyant or famous Defendants, some whom we’ll never meet on the street, but we know of their actions, or perhaps I should say “alleged actions” and the media makes us well aware of all the sordid details and titillating tidbits to help us make up our minds whether or not that person is guilty long before the final verdict is rendered.

What Are Police Powers And What Are Your Rights?

Police PowersPolice powers might be a term you never heard of before, but chances are if you know an officer of the law or you have ever been searched, warranted or arrested, you have had experience of police powers.  These “powers” are put into place for good reason.  First off they help keep communities safe, or at least they are supposed to, but recent news says otherwise.  The police powers come into play in communities, when or if someone or a group of people need to be removed from the vicinity because they are causing a threat or they have committed a crime.  You’ve seen this recently in the news regarding the different raids going on in the United States as of late.  Essentially the police have powers that can protect you as well as themselves.  These powers state that they (the police) can stop, arrest or even search any person in the public that has either already committed a less serious crime or is about to i.e.; if someone sent in a tip that so and so was about to rob a convenience store, the police can stop and search that person.  This is more about reasonable grounds than anything else, but it still stands true nonetheless when it comes to powers of the police.  So what are these exact powers, what can they do or allow and what are your rights?  Below we will be going over these things.

What is Attorney Client Confidentiality?

Confidential Files
Confidential Files

According to New Jersey Law, the attorney-client relationship is highly protected as is the confidentiality they share. All communications between the client and the NJ attorney in the professional relationship are considered to be privileged and confidential. In most cases, the lawyer is expected to respect any information that they obtain from a client and is it their duty to not disclose information. Unless the client makes informed consent which states that the lawyer can disclose information, the attorney is obligated to refrain from revealing any information that is shared during representation. A client has the right to present their actions to an attorney and seek legal counsel as to what their rights and obligations may be in the circumstance. Lawyers need information that may be embarrassing or legally damaging to a client in order to provide effective representation of their clients; and they need it in some cases to instruct the client to refrain from committing illegal or wrongful conduct.