Can I go directly to court with my complaint?

Yes. Under the LAD and FLA, an individual may initiate an action in Superior Court without first filing a complaint with the Division. Prosecution of your claim in Superior Court, however, bars the simultaneous filing of a complaint with the Division or the further processing of a complaint which has already been filed with the Division. If you file an action in Superior Court, you are entitled to a jury trial and, if you win your case, a judge or jury may award you compensatory damages (such as back pay, reinstatement, promotion, pain and humiliation) and punitive damages.

Can I go directly to court with my complaint?

New Jersey’s expungement process to be one of the most progressive in the nation

Restore voting rights to residents on probation or parole, allowing them to fully participate in our democracy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said after signing the new expungement law on Dec 18, 2019, “I am proud to sign one of the most progressive expungement laws in the nation, which will allow more New Jerseyans the opportunity to fully engage in our society. I am also proud to enact legislation that will restore voting rights to over 80,000 residents on probation or parole, allowing them to fully participate in our democracy.”

Why this bill?

U.S. Senator Cory Booker has supported the bill. According to him, formerly incarcerated individuals continue to face overwhelming obstacles as they rejoin their communities. It’s often difficult to obtain jobs and housing and many have lost their right to vote. The bill will help restore fairness to the criminal justice system and remove some of the fundamental barriers to re-entry.

“The collateral consequences that come with a criminal conviction have been devastating communities of color, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and fracturing families for much too long. Whenever there is a conversation about the racial disparities among our state’s incarceration rates, we cannot forget that those convictions follow people for the rest of their lives,” said Senator Ruiz. “Expungement can begin to address the inequalities that exist in our criminal justice system. There is more work that needs to be done, but this legislation is a significant step in the right direction.”

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Automated clean slate for no offense in ten years

It creates a petition process for “clean slate” expungement for residents who have not committed an offense in ten years and who have not been convicted of the most serious crimes. The bill also requires the State to implement an automated clean slate expungement system.

Expungement for low-level marijuana convictions

Further, the bill requires that low-level marijuana convictions be sealed upon the disposition of a case, preventing those convictions from being used against those individuals in the future. It also makes numerous other changes to existing expungement procedures, including the creation of an e-filing system that would eliminate filing fees to petition for an expungement.

Restoration of voting rights to New Jersey residents on probation or parole

The bill restores voting rights to New Jersey residents on probation or parole.  The bill will take effect 90 days after signature.

Call Jersey City Criminal Défense Attorney Joel Silberman

If you or a loved one is being burdened with an arrest record or other unfavorable disposition you should reach out to Attorney Joel Silberman to discuss whether you can have your case expunged. Call us at call (201)-420-1913 or email at today to schedule an appointment.

Use of Excessive Force by Law Enforcement Officers

You have right to seek justice against the use of excessive force

Law and order enforcement agencies are allowed to use reasonable force, while on duty, to serve and protect their own lives and lives of others. However, when a law enforcement officer oversteps his or her bounds and uses excessive force that violates a person’s constitutional rights or causes serious physical injury or death, he or she shall be liable for such violation, injury or death. If you are a victim of such use of excessive force, you have right to get justice.

You may have right to compensation

You may be entitled to significant compensation for violation, injury or death you or your loved ones have suffered due to use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. You may even seek punitive damages that is paid by the person liable for such violation.

Seeking justice against law enforcement officers is no easy task

At Law Office of Joel Silberman, we understand, when the law enforcement agencies are the violators, seeking justice is no easy task. People in positions of authority may not be as eager to listen to complaints of brutality by law enforcement officers as they may do in other cases. You need a forceful, determined and experienced voice to make them take a serious note of your case.

Call Jersey City Civil Rights Attorney Joel Silberman today

The Jersey City Civil Rights Attorney Joel Silberman shall help you get justice for any violation of your constitutional rights, injury or death. We have both the experience and resources needed to litigate even the most complex excessive force related lawsuits. Call us at call (201)-420-1913 or email at today to schedule an appointment.

Jersey City Wrongful Death Lawyer Joel Silberman

Wrongful death of your loved one: You deserve a closure and financial compensation

Dealing with the loss of your loved ones can be one of the hardest times of your life. If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you deserve justice. You have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

What can be claimed?

You can file a wrongful death lawsuit to get:

  • Lost benefits, such as insurance, from the death
  • Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
  • Expenses associated with the death, such as medical and funeral bills
  • Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the survivor of the decedent
  • Financial difficulties without the support of the deceased.

Challenge in Proving Liability in a Wrongful Death Case

To prove liability in a wrongful death case means showing the jury who is responsible for the person’s unnatural and untimely death. Since the person is already deceased, it can be quite a challenging task to show what caused the untimely death, and that the death would not have occurred in the absence of such cause(s). This is the reason why you need to hire an experienced Wrongful Death Attorney.

Hire Wrongful Death Attorney and Jersey City lawyer Joel Silberman to deal with your wrongful death case

Contact Wrongful Death Attorney Joel Silberman to to discuss potential wrongful death case of your loved one today.

At Law Office of Joel Silberman, we understand that wrongful death can be overwhelming for the families and that’s why we provide the best possible service of handling your case with compassion. We have both the experience and resources needed to litigate even the most complex wrongful death lawsuits. Call us at call (201)-420-1913 or email at today to schedule an appointment.

Does New Jersey have bail?

The cash bail system no longer exists in New Jersey. Through bail reform the monetary bail system was replaced with an algorithm that provides the prosecutors and courts a score on a defendants individual flight risk or danger to the community. This assessment is then used to determine whether the State will seek detention and the likelihood that one will be released.

Does New Jersey have bail?
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