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Criminal trial attorneys regularly deal with such issues as probable cause, the validity of searches incident to an arrest, and whether the defendant is eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention.

The law in this area is subject to exacting scrutiny by the courts, and the case law is in continuous development. For example, the NJ Supreme Court recently held that an “off-the record” conversation between the police officer and a defendant could not later be used against the defendant – even when Miranda or “due-process” warnings are also given.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a 5-4 decision that it was acceptable for the police to take DNA samples from an individual even without a conviction.

The N.J. Appellate Division recently reviewed some important issues in the transportation of guns in State of N.J. v. Reininger.

Within the past few years, Robert Scirocco has effectively represented a number of high profile defendants who have been subject to media attention.  These include defendants who have been charged with aggravated assault, distribution of drugs/narcotics, sexual misconduct, and domestic violence in the Morris, Sussex, and Warren County court systems.

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