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New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide

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Kenneth Del Vecchio


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A must-have for law enforcement personnel, and applicants taking highly competitive promotional exams.

"The book is drawing note for its use of fiction to illustrate how state statutes apply to real-life situations. Call it Criminal Statutes for Dummies. ... George Thomas, a professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, said the book fills a void. 'No other book,' he said, 'attempts to show how the statutes are used in practice. To be honest,' he added, 'I'm jealous that I didn't come up with the idea myself.'" - New York Times, July 18, 2004

New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice deciphers and explains the criminal statutes to law enforcement personnel, lawyers, and lay people. The book makes the criminal code more accessible with fact patterns and a common word index. Since its original publication in 2004, Del Vecchio's book has become a staple in police academies, municipal offices, police stations, public libraries, and even squad cars. The book is quickly becoming a must-have for law enforcement applicants taking highly competitive promotional exams. This book contains Title 2C, New Jersey's Code of Criminal Justice and Title 39, New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Statutes.

Online interactive practice test included with purchase! Test your knowledge with the online companion quiz. The test scores your results, and reviews correct answers to enhance your study.

The legislature added and amended many Title 39 statutes as well, including the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in moving vehicles, and the display of veteran status on a driver’s license.


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  • Availability: Available
  • Brand: New Jersey Law Journal
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 2019
  • Page Count: 1730
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-581-8
  • Pub#/SKU#: JCODE19
  • Pub Date: 01/28/2019

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  • Kenneth Del Vecchio
Kenneth Del Vecchio is a former judge, former prosecutor, and criminal lawyer who has tried over 400 cases. His other legal books include New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide, Test Prep Guide to Accompany New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, and Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes (National criminal codebook).

A frequent legal analyst on networks such as Fox News Channel, Del Vecchio is the owner of the Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught over a thousand police officers and lawyers. Del Vecchio is also a filmmaker and criminal suspense novelist, and founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival.



Subtitle 1. General Provisions

1. General Provisions..........................................................................................................................1

2. Liability.........................................................................................................................................18

3. Defenses........................................................................................................................................31

4. Competency...................................................................................................................................43

5. Inchoate Offenses...........................................................................................................................50

6. Minor Offenses...............................................................................................................................60

7. Procedures Following Release of Sex Offenders...............................................................................61

Subtitle 2. Definition of Specific Offenses

Part 1. Offenses Involving Danger to the Person

11. Homicide.......................................................................................................................................81

11A. Human Cloning.........................................................................................................................102

12. Assault; Threats; Stalking.............................................................................................................104

13. Kidnapping; Coercion..................................................................................................................127

14. Sexual Offenses...........................................................................................................................152

15. Robbery; Carjacking ...................................................................................................................173

16. Bias Intimidation...........................................................................................................................177

Part 2. Offenses Against Property

17. Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Destruction.............................................................180

18. Burglary........................................................................................................................................191

20. Theft.............................................................................................................................................200

21. Forgery and Fraudulent Offenses...................................................................................................249

22. Desecration of Human Remains.....................................................................................................327

Part 3. Offenses Against Other Persons

24. Offenses Against Spouse, Children, Elderly and Incompetents........................................................331

25. Domestic Violence.........................................................................................................................347

Part 4. Offenses Involving Public Administration Officials

27. Bribery and Corruption..................................................................................................................371

28. Perjury and Falsification to Authorities...........................................................................................382

29. Obstruction of Justice; Escapes.....................................................................................................393

30. Official Misconduct.......................................................................................................................420

Part 5. Offenses Against the Public; Public Order, Health and Decency

33. Riot; Disorderly Conduct...............................................................................................................432

34. Obscenity and Indecency...............................................................................................................476

35. Controlled Substances...................................................................................................................492

35A. Drug Profiteering.........................................................................................................................566

35B. Drug Dealer Liability....................................................................................................................572

36. Drug Paraphernalia.........................................................................................................................579

36A. First Offenders............................................................................................................................587

37. Gambling Offenses.........................................................................................................................589

38. September 11th, 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act......................................................................................600

39. Weapons........................................................................................................................................612

40. Offenses Endangering Public Safety.................................................................................................651

40A. Employer Ofenses; Solicitation of Professional Employment in Accident and Disaster Cases..........668

Part 6. Organized Crime and Related Offenses

41. Racketeering..........................................................................................................672

Subtitle 3. Sentencing

43. General Provisions..................................................................................................684

44. Authority of Court..................................................................................................732

45. Suspension; Probation............................................................................................748

46. Fines and Restitution...............................................................................................754

47. Adult Treatment Center...........................................................................................763

48. Criminal Disposition  Commission............................................................................772

48A. Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission...................................................773

48B. Racial and Ethnic Disparity.....................................................................................776

49. Capital Punishment...................................................................................................778

51. Limitations of Rights.................................................................................................780

52. Expungement...........................................................................................................785

58. Possession of Firearms; Licensing.............................................................................808

62. Willful Nonsupport...................................................................................................844

64. Forfeiture and Seizure  of Property...........................................................................847

65. Disposition of Stolen Property..................................................................................852

66. Freezing Funds and Assets Related to Terrorism.......................................................854

98. Construction; Repealer; Allocation; Effective Date....................................................859

104. Material Witnesses.................................................................................................867

Title 39 

Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation

Subtitle 1. Motor Vehicles Generally; Traffic Laws

1. Definitions .............................................................................................................. 872

2. Department of Motor Vehicles; Commissioner; Officers and Employees .................. 881

2A. New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission .............................................................. 892

3. Motor Vehicles Generally ...................................................................................... 915

3A. Miscellaneous Regulations ................................................................................. 1176

3B. School Bus Regulation ...................................................................................... 1177

3C. Snowmobile, All-Terrain Vehicle and Dirt Bike Regulation ................................. 1188

4. Motor Vehicle Traffic Regulation .......................................................................... 1205

5. Enforcement ....................................................................................................... 1385

5A. Highways Owned By Public or Semipublic Corporations .................................. 1411

5B. Transporting Hazardous Materials ..................................................................... 1413

5C. Racing on Highways Prohibited ........................................................................ 1421

5D. Driver License Compact .................................................................................. 1422

5F. Nonresident Violator Compact ......................................................................... 1428

5G. Penalties for Violations of Limousine Laws; Chauffeur Endorsement .................. 1437

5H. Transportation Network Companies...................................................................1441

Subtitle 2. Additional Motor Vehicle Regulations

6. Security; Claims; Financial Responsibility...............................................................1459

6A. No Fault Insurance; Reparation Reform..............................................................1492

6B. Liability Insurance Required................................................................................1533

7. Service of Process on Nonresident Drivers............................................................1535

8. Motor Vehicle Inspection......................................................................................1540

9. Commercial Vehicles; Hours of Service Law.........................................................1582

10. Motor Vehicle Certificate of Ownership Law......................................................1584

10A. Claiming Abandoned Vehicles.........................................................................1612

10B. Motor Vehicle Component Parts.....................................................................1619

11. Motor Vehicle Junk Law....................................................................................1625

12. Driver Education...............................................................................................1629

13. Auto Body Repair Facilities...............................................................................1637

14. Motor Carrier Transportation Contracts.............................................................1643


Index ..................................................................................................................... 1645