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Monmouth County Attorney Robert F. Black Named Top 40 Under 40

Hannan & Black Law Group’s Robert F. Black, Jr. has recently been named to The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40″ for 2014. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40.

Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil Read more […]

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Contrary to popular belief, a person may not be convicted of operating a bicycle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor pursuant to New Jersey’s DWI statute, N.J.S. 39:4-50. 
The New Jersey drunken driving legislation expressly excludes muscular powered bicycles from its proscriptions. The rationale for this is in the text of the law itself. The term “motor vehicle” as used in the drunken driving legislation is clearly and precisely defined in N.J.S. 39:1-1
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Divorce Due to Domestic Abuse – What You Should Understand

There are many grounds for divorce, the most common and difficult one being domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is when one spouse abuses the other physically or emotionally. When the abuse is physical, it is also referred to as domestic violence. Domestic abuse is a silent weapon that some people indulge in behind closed doors to bruise their spouses in every way possible. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, then you must not delay in approaching the law enforcement and in filing for divorce.

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Simple Assault Charges in NJ – What You Should Know

Simple assault in New Jersey may be just a misdemeanor. But if you charged with it, you should seek the counsel of a criminal defense attorney. A person is charged with simple assault when he or she is accused of attempting to injure or cause bodily harm to another person knowingly, unknowingly or due to recklessness. Simple assault also covers any actions of a person that are menacing and instill fear of possible bodily harm in another person.

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What Are The Major Differences Between Separation And Divorce?

When a couple begins having marital problems, they have two choices. They can choose to end the marriage completely and get a divorce, or they can choose to become legally separated. Depending on the state that you live in, community property needs to be taken into consideration as does actually becoming legally separated. Certain states do not allow this. If your state does, it is important to ask, what are the major differences between separation and divorce?

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Six Steps to Take After Being Accused of Narcotics Possession

An old adage “knowledge is power” is especially apt in context of drug arrest. Hence, current defendants and uncharged law-abiding citizens are strongly advised to carefully read and completely heed the list below of six steps to take after being accused of narcotics possession.

1. Minimize case compromise from consensual cooperation

Believe it or not, most criminal cases are built by the accused parties. This widespread paradox results from popular but misguided belief that cooperating with Read more […]

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Has the Future of Collegiate Athletics Changed Forever?

Yesterday in Chicago, amidst all of the build up to this weekend’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 NCAA Tournament Games, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision that may forever change the face of Collegiate Athletics.  This decision found that members of the Northwestern University football team qualify as Employees under The National Labor Relations Act (“Act”), and thus can unionize.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) has long deemed these scholarship athletes Read more […]

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Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of New Jersey? As you certainly know by now, your situation is quite serious. Your financial security can be shaken by costly fines and insurance surcharges. Your job and way of life hang in the balance as you face the very real threat of a lengthy license suspension. Worse yet, you face the possibility of a jail sentence. You need a lawyer and you need one NOW. It is crucial to hire a New Jersey DWI lawyer Read more […]

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Will Marijuana Use Become Legal in New Jersey?

A bipartisan coalition of New Jersey lawmakers are supporting legislation that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, provided the voters agree.

The bill, A-2842, would schedule a referendum on whether to amend the criminal statutes to erase penalties for possession of an ounce or less of the drug. Currently, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana for personal use constitutes a disorderly persons offense in NJ (2C:35-10). A conviction here carries a possible one-year Read more […]

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5 Common Reasons Why People Want A Divorce

There are many marriages that can stand the test of time. Everyday couples are celebrating their 20th, 30th, 40th, even 50th anniversary. Some people are not so lucky and their happy union results in divorce. There are many reasons why people get divorced. For some, the reasons are simple, for others, it is a combination of things that cause a couple to end their marriage. Below are 5 common reasons why people want a divorce:


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