Being falsely accused of a crime is among the worst experiences anyone can ever have.  Being falsely accused of a sex crime is especially damaging, as even the accusation can destroy one’s reputation for a lifetime. For decades, victims kept silent regarding incidents of sexual abuse due to a fear of not being believed or…

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Being charged with any type of crime is a serious matter. In addition to the possible criminal penalties you face, such as fines, court costs, and the potential for a jail sentence, your charges can have long-ranging impacts in other areas of your life. A conviction means a criminal record that follows you forever, potentially…

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Otherwise honest, hardworking, and upright citizens in the community can find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Whether you are facing relatively minor charges or have been accused of a major crime, you need an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney on your side.   In criminal court matters, the earlier we begin…

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Governor Christ Christie, in one of his last acts in public office, has granted a pardon application filed by Jordan B. Rickards on behalf of a client. The client had suffered from a serious substance abuse addiction in the 1980s and 1990s, and accumulated too many convictions to be eligible for an expungement.  He worked…

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The Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards has prevailed in a petition for post-conviction relief in Somerset County Superior Court, resulting in a seven-year-old indictment being dismissed, and allowing for the client to proceed unhindered in her immigration application. The client had pleaded guilty in 2011 to endangering the welfare of a child and had…

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Criminal trials in the US proceed according to the common law system inherited from the British. The system is accusatory in nature in that an open contest is held between the defending individual and the prosecuting authorities to determine the innocence or guilt of the individual accused. The judge and jury act as neutral arbitrators…

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Most state laws give the benefit of the doubt to a person who has acted in self-defense. If someone breaks into your house, and you shoot that person out of fear of being harmed, then the court will generally rule in your favor. However, this does not mean that no questions will be asked about…

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