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E425 NJ Laws Email Newsletter

 
NJ Laws Email Newsletter E425
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law


August 8, 2013

Recent Cases:

 

 

1. US Supreme Court Requires Warrant Before Taking of Blood in DWI.

 

2. Police Seeing Defendant Smoking Joint in Open Door Justified the Warrantless Entry into Defendants Apartment and the Seizure of the Marijuana Cigarette.

 

3 New Laws: Cell Phone and Prenuptial Agreements

 

4. Super Lawyers: Nominations Open for New Jersey Super Lawyers

 

5. Professional Office Space Available in Edison Law Office

 

 

 

Recent Cases:

1. US Supreme Court Requires Warrant Before Taking of Blood in DWIMissouri v McNeely133 S. Ct. 1552 (2013).

Respondent McNeely was stopped by a Missouri police officer for speeding and crossing the centerline. After declining to take a breath test to measure his blood alcohol concentration (BAC), he was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for blood testing. The officer never attempted to secure a search warrant. McNeely refused to consent to the blood test, but the officer directed a lab technician to take a sample. McNeelys BAC tested well above the legal limit, and he was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). He moved to suppress the blood test result, arguing that taking his blood without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The trial court agreed, concluding that the exigency exception to the warrant requirement did not apply because, apart from the fact that McNeelys blood alcohol was dissipating, no circumstances suggested that the officer faced an emergency. The State Supreme Court affirmed, relying onSchmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757, in which this Court upheld a DWI suspects warrantless blood test where the officer might reasonably have believed that he was confronted with an emergency, in which the delay necessary to obtain a warrant, under the circumstances, threatened the destruction of evidence, id., at 770. This case, the state court found, involved a routine DWI investigation where no factors other than the natural dissipation of blood alcohol suggested that there was an emergency, and, thus, the nonconsensual warrantless test violated McNeelys right to be free from unreasonable searches of his person.

 

Held:The judgment is affirmed. Justice Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II-A, II-B, and IV, concluding that in drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency in every case sufficient to justify conducting a blood test without a warrant. (a)The principle that a warrantless search of the person is reasonable only if it falls within a recognized exception, see, e.g.,United States v. Robinson,414 U.S. 218, applies here, where the search involved a compelled physical intrusion beneath McNeelys skin and into his veins to obtain a blood sample to use as evidence in a criminal investigation. One recognized exception applies when the exigencies of the situation make the needs of law enforcement so compelling that [a] warrantless search is objectively reasonable. Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S.. This Court looks to the totality of circumstances in determining whether an exigency exits. SeeBrigham City v. Stuart,547 U.S. 398. Applying this approach in Schmerber, the Court found a warrantless blood test reasonable after considering all of the facts and circumstances of that case and carefully basing its holding on those specific facts, including that alcohol levels decline after drinking stops and that testing was delayed while officers transported the injured suspect to the hospital and investigated the accident scene.

2. Police Seeing Defendant Smoking Joint in Open Door Justified the Warrantless Entry into Defendants Apartment and the Seizure of the Marijuana Cigarette.State v Walker213 N.J. 281 (2013)

Although the information contained in the tip was uncorroborated, by the time the officers knocked at the door of defendants apartment, subsequent events, created by defendants own actions, established probable cause and exigent circumstances which justified an entry into defendants apartment. Thus, the warrantless seizure of the marijuana cigarette and all the CDS found in defendants apartment was proper and permissible under the New Jersey and federal constitutions. Although the underlying offense here, possession of marijuana, is a disorderly persons offense, the circumstances indicate that the officers warrantless entry into defendants home was objectively reasonable. A limited entry was necessary to arrest defendant for the disorderly persons offense and to retrieve the marijuana cigarette. After entering, the officers saw in the living room CDS and other contraband in plain view. These items were subject to seizure as well.

 

3. New Laws: Cell Phone and Prenuptial Agreements.
P.L.2013, c.70. Increases fine and Imposes License Suspension
for Talking or Texting on Hand-held Device While Driving.

 

Approved6/27/2013

Senate Bill No. 69 (2R) imposes increased fines for first, second and subsequent offenses of talking on a hand-held wireless telephone or texting a message with a hand-held wireless electronic communication device while driving. Specifically, this bill increases the fines to $200 to $400 for a first offense, $400 to $600 for a second offense, and $600 to $800 for third or subsequent offenses.

Strengthens Enforceability of Premarital and Pre-Civil Union Agreements.

PL 2013, c70.

Approved 6/27/2013

 

 

This floor amendment provides that only premarital and pre-civil union agreements entered into on or after the effective date of the bill (immediately upon enactment), or entered into before effective date but voluntarily revised by the parties on or after that effective date would be subject to its provisions.

 

Thus, premarital and pre-civil union agreements entered into before the effective date would remain subject to the current law, which permits agreements to be set aside if deemed,at the time of enforcement, to be unconscionable.SeeR.S.37:2-32, subsection c. and R.S.37:2-38, subsection b.

 

Only new agreements, or older agreements with new revisions, would be subject to the underlying bills new standard of unconscionability: such agreements could not be deemed unconscionable unless determined to be unconscionablewhen executedbecause the party seeking to set aside the agreement: (1) was not provided full and fair disclosure of the earnings, property, and financial obligations of the other party; (2) did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, any right to disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party beyond the disclosure provided; (3) did not have, or reasonably could not have had, an adequate knowledge of the property or financial obligations of the other party; or (4) did not consult with independent legal counsel and did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, the opportunity to consult with independent legal counsel.

 

4.Super Lawyers: Nominations Open for New Jersey Super Lawyers

The selection process forNew JerseySuper LawyersandRising Stars2014 is underway. Attorneys must Nominate & Update your information by August 29th.

Click here now to nominate at my.superlawyers.com.

 

  • Why? Because when attorneys update practice information, it puts them on Superlawyers system - their research department will review your background, experience and credentials as part of their selection process.


5.
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE IS AVAILABLE IN EDISON LAW OFFICE

2053 Woodbridge Ave.

Edison, NJ 08817

 

Excellent space for an Attorney, Financial Planners, Accountant, Insurance Agents, and other Business Professionals as a 2nd location or location to meet clients in Edison.

 

The offices are located on the 1st floor of the building.

2 rooms office

office room # 6 approx 12.4 x 9.4

and front room appr 8 x 9 -office room # 5

plus use of reception room16.6 x 7.2

and use of storage area in basement

 

$600 per month [was $700]

Call 732-572-0500

Owner of building is local attorney, Kenneth Vercammen who handles Personal Injury, Elder Law, and Criminal Law.
 

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Kenneth Vercammen was the Middlesex County Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year

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We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.

This means:
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Kenneth A. Vercammen is the Managing Attorney at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates in Edison, NJ. He is a New Jersey trial attorney has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to the preparation and trial of litigated matters. He has appeared in Courts throughout New Jersey each week on personal injury matters, Criminal /Municipal Court trials, and contested Probate hearings.

Mr. Vercammen has published over 125 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on criminal, elder law, probate and litigation topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer. He is the Editor in Chief of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Committee Newsletter.

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