Municipal Court Law Review 2021

Date: Dec 9, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Event Code: I038021

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Earn up to 2 credits! (More Information)




Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC, Edison


John E. Kawczynski, Esq.
Field & Kawczynski, LLC, Jamesburg
Chirag Mehta, Esq.
Law Offices of Chirag D. Mehta, LLC, Morristown
Lucia E. Perpina, Esq.
Law Offices of Lucia E. Perpina, Esq. LLC, Linden
Francis M. Womack, III
Mayor of North Brunswick
Law Offices of Francis Womack, Iselin

Do you know the latest New Jersey decisions in 2021 alone that should be at your fingertips when you enter a Municipal Court in New Jersey?

These cases deal with major issues confronting municipal court law practitioners in this state. Without a complete understanding of what these cases involve, you could be at a serious disadvantage when you bring your next municipal court matter to court. Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from the expertise and experience of five of the state’s leading municipal court law practitioners as they analyze this year’s leading municipal court law cases.

The legislature also enacted laws that you also must be familiar with to successfully represent your clients. Our panel will discuss those as well.

Topics Include:

• State v. Darius J. Carter - Car stop not permitted for simple plastic cover over part of license plate
• State v Sims -The failure of police to advise the defendant of the charges against him will result in a suppression of his statement despite Miranda
• State v Nyema - Mere report of black males robbing 7-11 not sufficient to stop car with black males in it
• State v Radel - Court rejects protective sweep where defendant handcuffed
• State v Chen - PTI can’t be conditioned on jail time
• State v EJH - Lewd gestures to home camera could be violation of TRO
• State v Pickett- In new science such as DNA, defendant can have scientific evidence such as machine software source code
• Status of State v Cassidy after Supreme Court ruled breath test results produced by Alcotest machines are inadmissible if not calibrated using a NIST-traceable thermometer
• State v Olenowski update - Frye Hearing on the reliability and admissibility of Drug Recognition Evaluation DRE evidence in a DWI under influence of a drug

Legislative Review:
• New Expungement Laws makes expungement more available.
• Marijuana Decriminalization What is legal
- Distribution one ounce or less or possession of larger amounts
- The odor of marijuana or hashish, either burnt or raw, by itself no longer establishes
“reasonable articulable suspicion
- Special Rules on pot for persons under the age of 21
- AG Directive 2021-1 Pending Cases are to be dismissed.
-AG Directive: Pot Cases already resolved: Vacate plea or Conditional Discharge
- What can an officer do if they smell marijuana coming from a vehicle during a motor vehicle
- May an officer initiate or continue a pedestrian stop of an individual based on the officer
detecting the odor of marijuana?
-What police can’t do if smell pot or alcohol with person under 21
• …and more


CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: Municipal Court General: 2.0, NJ General: 2.0, NJ New Admit Municipal Court: 2.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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