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Monday, June 12, 2017

MVC hearing N.J.A.C. § 1:1-14.4 Failure to appear; sanctions for failure to appear

MVC hearing 
N.J.A.C.  § 1:1-14.4 Failure to appear; sanctions for failure to appear

   (a) If, after appropriate notice, neither a party nor a representative appears at any proceeding scheduled by the Clerk or judge, the judge shall hold the matter for one day before taking any action. If the judge does not receive an explanation for the nonappearance within one day, the judge shall, unless proceeding pursuant to (d) below, direct the Clerk to return the matter to the transmitting agency for appropriate disposition pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:1-3.3(b) and (c).

(b) If the nonappearing party submits an explanation in writing, a copy must be served on all other parties and the other parties shall be given an opportunity to respond.

(c) If the judge receives an explanation:

1. If the judge concludes that there was good cause for the failure to appear, the judge shall reschedule the matter for hearing; or

2. If the judge concludes that there was no good cause for the failure to appear, the judge may refuse to reschedule the matter and shall issue an initial decision explaining the basis for that conclusion, or may reschedule the matter and, at his or her discretion, order any of the following:

i. The payment by the delinquent representative or party of costs in such amount as the judge shall fix, to the State of New Jersey or the aggrieved person;

ii. The payment by the delinquent representative or party of reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, to an aggrieved representative or party; or

iii. Such other case-related action as the judge deems appropriate.

(d) If the appearing party requires an initial decision on the merits, the party shall ask the judge for permission to present ex parte proofs. If no explanation for the failure to appear is received, and the circumstances require a decision on the merits, the judge may enter an initial decision on the merits based on the ex parte proofs, provided the failure to appear is memorialized in the decision.

Crimes which cannot be expunged in NJ

 Crimes which cannot be expunged in NJ
2C:52- 2 b.Records of conviction pursuant to statutes repealed by this Code for the crimes of murder, manslaughter, treason, anarchy, kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, arson, perjury, false swearing, robbery, embracery, or a conspiracy or any attempt to commit any of the foregoing, or aiding, assisting or concealing persons accused of the foregoing crimes, shall not be expunged.

Records of conviction for the following crimes specified in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice shall not be subject to expungement:
N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq. (Criminal Homicide), except death by auto as specified in N.J.S.2C:11-5;
N.J.S.2C:13-1 (Kidnapping); section 1 of P.L.1993, c.291
(C.2C:13-6) (Luring or Enticing); section 1 of P.L.2005, c.77 (C.2C:13-8) (Human Trafficking);
N.J.S.2C:14-2 (Sexual Assault or Aggravated Sexual Assault); subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:14-3
(Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact); if the victim is a minor, subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:14-3 (Criminal Sexual Contact); if the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim,
N.J.S.2C:13-2 (Criminal Restraint) or
N.J.S.2C:13-3 (False Imprisonment);
N.J.S.2C:15-1 (Robbery);
N.J.S.2C:17-1 (Arson and Related Offenses); subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:24-4 (Endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child, or causing the child other harm); paragraph (4) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:24-4 (Photographing or filming a child in a prohibited sexual act); paragraph (3) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:24-4 (Causing or permitting a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act); subparagraph (a) of paragraph (5) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:24-4 (Distributing, possessing with intent to distribute or using a file-sharing program to store items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child); subparagraph (b) of paragraph (5) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:24-4 (Possessing or viewing items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child);
N.J.S.2C:28-1 (Perjury);
N.J.S.2C:28-2 (False Swearing); paragraph (4) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:34-1 (Knowingly promoting the prostitution of the actor's child); section 2 of P.L.2002, c.26
(C.2C:38-2) (Terrorism); subsection a. of section 3 of P.L.2002, c.26 (C.2C:38-3) (Producing or Possessing Chemical Weapons, Biological Agents or Nuclear or Radiological Devices); and conspiracies or attempts to commit such crimes.

Records of conviction for any crime committed by a person holding any public office, position or employment, elective or appointive, under the government of this State or any agency or political subdivision thereof and any conspiracy or attempt to commit such a crime shall not be subject to expungement if the crime involved or touched such office, position or employment.

c.In the case of conviction for the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance or possession thereof with intent to sell, expungement shall be denied except where the crimes involve:

(1)Marijuana, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was 25 grams or less;

(2)Hashish, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was five grams or less; or

(3)Any controlled dangerous substance provided that the conviction is of the third or fourth degree, where the court finds that expungement is consistent with the public interest, giving due consideration to the nature of the offense and the petitioner's character and conduct since conviction.

d.In the case of a State licensed physician or podiatrist convicted of an offense involving drugs or alcohol or pursuant to section 14 or 15 of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.2C:21-20 or 2C:21-4.1), the court shall notify the State Board of Medical Examiners upon receipt of a petition for expungement of the conviction and records and information pertaining thereto.

Testimonials from Handling Drug, DWI and Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court Seminar

Testimonials from Handling Drug, DWI and Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court Seminar


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Book: Handling Drug DWI and Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court 2015
 Authors/Speakers: Kenneth Vercammen, Esq., Past Municipal Court Attorney of the Year
John Menzel, Esq., Past Chair Municipal Court Section
     Speakers: Norma M. Murgado, Esq., Chief Prosecutor- Elizabeth
                    Assistant Prosecutor-Woodbridge
Tara Auciello       Edison Prosecutor
     William G. Brigiani, Esq., Past President Middlesex County Bar
NJICLE, A Division of the NJSBA NJ State Bar Association 

$60 Member $75 Non-Member     book # ISBN :CDP150715
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Table of Contents 2015

 Table of Contents

Letters, Motions/Briefs, Articles/Research
Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.                                                                                            1 

            01 Municipal Court Questionnaire                                                                           1 
            02 Retainer – Municipal Court                                                                                 5
            03 Request for Complete Discovery                                                                       9
            04 Letter of Representation Only                                                                         10
            05 Discovery Request – Alcotest 7110                                                                11
            06 Discovery Request – Driving While Suspended                                              19
            07 Speeding Law and Discovery                                                                         23
            08 Discovery Request to MVC                                                                             31
            09 Discovery – Complainant                                                                                 35
            10 OPRA – Field Sobriety – Chief of Police                                                          39
            11 OPRA – Required Officer Training                                                                   42
            12 CDS Motions                                                                                                    43
            13 DWI Motions                                                                                                     45
            14 Motion to Reduce Bail                                                                                      49
            15 Letter to Client re:  Reading Discovery from Prosecution                                57
            16 Reciprocal Discovery to Prosecution                                                              58
            17 Notice of Specific Criminal Code Defenses                                                     60
            18 Letter to Client re:  Reading and Signing Affidavit                                           61
            19 Second Request for Discovery – Missing Abstract                                        62
            20 Letter to Client re:  DWI Expert                                                                         63
            21 Letter to Client re:  Hearing                                                                              64
            22 Letter to Client re:  Deadline and Attorney Fee for Appeal                              65
            23 Letter to Client re:  No Show in Court                                                              67
            24 Suppression Motion                                                                                         68
            25 Suppress Statements:  Violation of Miranda Rights                                        69
            26 Dismissal Motion re:  Failure to Provide Discovery                                          73
            27 Motion for Conditional Discharge                                                                     78
            28 Motion for Civil Reservation                                                                             79
            29 Objection to Lab Certificate                                                                             80
            30 Motion for SLAP                                                                                               81
            31 Order to Mark Case Try or Dismiss                                                                 82
            32 Order to Compel Discovery                                                                             83
            33 Order to Be Relieved as Counsel                                                                    84 
            34 Constructive Possession of Drugs in a Criminal Case                                    85
            35 Court Cannot Handle Discovery                                                                      87
            36 Motion for No Loss of Driver’s License Suspension                                       91
            37 Motion re:  Failure to Give Defendant Copy of AIR                                          93
            38 Motion to Provide Expert at Public Expense                                                   103
            39 DWI Fines and Penalties in NJ                                                                        109 
            41 Defending a Juvenile Delinquency Case                                                       119
            42 Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI)                                                                 125
            Expungement/Erase Criminal Charges                                                                128 
            Plea by Mail                                                                                                         129

            Certification for Application for Appointment as Private Prosecutor
             (Storm)                                                                                                              131 
            Letter Thanking Witness                                                                                     133
            Client’s Sentencing and Duties                                                                           135
            Post Conviction Motion to Vacate Guilty Plea                                                     137
            Additional Discovery Brief                                                                                  145
            Brief to Suppress Blood Sample and Objection to Lab Report                           149
            Motion, Certification, Order in Support of Motion to Be Relieved                        163
            Notice of Appeal                                                                                                 167
            Miranda Brief in Support of Motion to Suppress Statements                              169 
            Miranda Law Person is Subject to…                                                                  173
            2nd Request for Hearing                                                                                      177 
            Failure to Timely Prosecute                                                                                 179
            Minimum and Maximum Fines – MV Offenses                                                    183
            Points in Motor Vehicle Violations                                                                       231
            “Pre-Trial Intervention to Dismiss Criminal Charges”                                           233
            Municipal Court Appeals                                                                                     235
            DWI Cross Examination Questions                                                                     241
            Hearsay Not Admissible at Trial in Municipal Court Based on
             Crawford Decision                                                                                             245
            Pamphlet, “Your Rights in Municipal Court”                                                         249 
            Be Not Guilty                                                                                                       251
            Criminal Indictable and Disorderly Offense Penalties                                         255
            Minimum Mandatory Fines and Penalties Relating to Selected                                 
             Motor Vehicle Offenses                                                                                    257
            “Speeding and Radar”                                                                                        275
            “Suspended Licenses:  Don’t Be Caught Off Guard as a Defense
             Attorney”                                                                                                           277
            “Defense to Possession of Drugs and Controlled Substances”                        279
            “Driving Without Insurance Defenses”                                                               281
            Preparation for the Municipal Court Case                                                           283
            “Plead Guilty? Nah, Defend DWI Charges!”                                                         293
            Memo re:  Attorney General Guideline:  Prosecution of DWI &
             Refusal Violations                                                                                              295
            Court Code Listing – MVC                                                                                   321
            No Point Violations                                                                                              325
            Crash Accident Report Abbreviations                                                                327
            “Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Training for Attorneys”                                           335
            New Law Finally Establishes a Conditional Dismissal Program
             in Municipal Court                                                                                               337 
            Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss Refusal                                                    343
            Notice of Motion to Compel the Prosecutor to Fingerprint and DNA
             Test Evidence Seized                                                                                        345
            Certification to Compel the Prosecutor to Fingerprint and DNA Test
             Evidence Seized                                                                                                347
            Order                                                                                                                  348
            Letter re:  No Representation                                                                             349
            Certification of Victim                                                                                          351
            Letter re:  Summons/Criminal Statutes                                                                353
            Letter re:  Additional Fees & Appointment                                                          355
            Letter re:  Letters of Reference/Pre-Sentence Report                                       357
            Letter Requesting Hearing Notice                                                                       358
            Request to Adjourn so Defendant Can Retain Attorney                                     359
            Scientific and Medical Tests—Blood and Urine Documents
             Requested                                                                                                         361
            Letter re:  Arrest Stop Video to Client                                                                365
            Recommend DWI Expert to Client                                                                        367
            Objection to Alcotest Results Where No Expert Testimony Provided                 369
            What Your Attorney Can Do For You                                                                 371
            Criminal – Flat Fee – Agreement to Provide Legal Service                                 375
            Field Sobriety Records Request and OPRA Request                                         379
            Letter re:  Recommend Substance Abuse Treatment & Inpatient                       383
            Letter re:  Old Records                                                                                       385
            N.J. Municipal Court Law Review, Spring 2015                                                 387
            N.J. Municipal Court Law Review, Summer 2015                                              391 

Additional Vercammen Information                            [See “Vercammen” on CD]
                                               “Articles/Forms/NJ Municipal Law Review Articles”

John Menzel, Esq.                                                                                                           395 

            Discovery Order (Alcotest)                                                                                395
            Discovery Order (Blood/DRE)                                                                             405 
            Client Fee Agreement                                                                                         411
            First Contact With Prospective Clients                                                                413
            Client Interview Form                                                                                          415 
            Client Questionnaire                                                                                            435
            Letter to Insurance Company                                                                             459

Additional Menzel Material on CD: 
            Chun material                                                         [see “Menzel/Chun” on CD]
              02-13-07 Special Master’s Report
              11-08-07 Special Master’s Report
              03-17-08 State v. Chun
              09-13-13 M-1538, 1539, 1540
Driving While Refused, Suspended, Revoked
or Prohibited:  N.J.S.A. 39:3-40
PowerPoint Presentation
Damian A. Scialabba, Esq.                                                                                              461 

About the Panelists…                                                                                                     471