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Self defense vs. imperfect self defense in New Jersey

In New Jersey, a defendant may assert the justification of self defense (or defense of another) if the defendant honestly and reasonably believed that the use of defensive force was necessary. N.J.S.A. 2C:3-4. However, New Jersey does not recognize the … Continue reading

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Insanity defense in New Jersey

The gunman who allegedly shot and killed two people and left another person critically injured at the St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knavana Church last November will defend his case on grounds of insanity. The gunman was the estranged husband of … Continue reading

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When intoxication can be a defense in New Jersey

Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can sometimes actually be a defense against criminal charges. According to N.J.S.A 2C:2-8, intoxication which is not self-induced or which is pathological is an affirmative defense if, by reason of such intoxication, … Continue reading

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