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Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident in Manchester

Firm LogoIn New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident (also called a “hit and run”) can result in serious fines and possible jail time, depending on the severity and circumstances surrounding the incident.  If you are in an accident involving other people, you must stop immediately and give your name to the other driver, a police officer, a witness or someone injured in the incident.  If nobody else is present, the least a driver is supposed to do under the law is to leave a note on the damaged property with his or her name and address on it and then go to the nearest police station to report the accident.  Even when your car is the only vehicle involved in an accident, if any property damage results, leaving the scene after the accident is unlawful in New Jersey.

The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident can be significant, regardless of the amount of damage caused.  If an accident results in damage to any property or vehicle (including the driver’s own car), punishment for a conviction can be a fine ranging from $200 – $400, possible jail time for up to three months, and the loss of a driver’s license for up to six months.  However, if the accident results in the injury or death of a person, the penalties are more severe.  The driver can be fined between $2,500 and $5,000, he or she may receive jail time of six months, and can lose his or her license for one year from the date of conviction.

In addition to the above penalties, the driver will also have points added to his or her driver’s record:  two points if there are no injuries involved in the accident and eight points are added if there were injuries involved.  If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in the Manchester, NJ area, Villani & DeLuca can assist you with your defense.  Contact our experienced Manchester Municipal Court attorneys today at 732-965-3350.

Weapons Possession Charge in Manchester

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with weapons possession if he or she was in possession of a weapon and used it in a way that the law does not allow.  A weapon can be classified as anything that can be used in a lethal manner or inflict serious bodily injury.  The severity of a weapons charge is based upon the type of weapon that was in the person’s possession.  Since all weapons possession cases are different, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney to provide you with the best defense.  At the law offices of Villani & DeLuca, we have several attorneys ready to review your weapons charge and prepare your best defense.  Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation by calling 732-965-3350.

Divorce Mediation in Manchester

Mediation is often used in divorce proceedings when a couple has decided to divorce and both members of the couple want to maintain control of the divorce process.  During the mediation process, the parties meet with an experienced mediator who works with the parties to settle the issues between them, including child custody, spousal support and dividing property and assets.  There are many advantages to using mediation in a divorce: it saves both time and money by avoiding a lengthy court process; it is fair to all involved since the mediator is a neutral third-party; and it is confidential since there is no record from a public court process.

Parties to a divorce can voluntarily choose mediation at any time to avoid the time and cost of a divorce before a court.  Additionally, New Jersey courts can issue an Order to Mediate requiring parties in a divorce to attend a mediation session.  Under this scenario, the parties attend the first hour-long mediation session without incurring any costs and then split the remaining cost of the mediation.  If you are going through a divorce, Villani & DeLuca can advise you on the various options available to best effectuate your divorce. Call our experienced Manchester family law attorneys today at 732-965-3350 for a free consultation.

Experienced Manchester Attorneys

The law firm of Villani & DeLuca represents clients throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in the practice areas of criminal defense, family law and DWI.  If you have a need for an attorney to assist you in a criminal matter, a divorce or other family law matter, you should contact us for a free consultation by calling 732-965-3350.

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