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New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide

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 

This new 2015 edition 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. 

New in 2015: 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.


Print only, with online quizzer.


Published annually. Your order includes all releases issued within three months of purchase.

This year’s book includes the text of several new Title 2C statutes and the practical application of those statutes, including: 

Crimes involving theft from cargo carrier

Unauthorized practice of psychology

Unauthorized practice of chiropractic

Unauthorized practice of social work

Sale of Secondhand Jewelry

Advertising commercial sexual abuse of a minor

Crimes relative to synthetic cannabinoid

In addition, there have been important updates to many statutes, including: 

Endangering welfare of children

Prostitution and related offenses

Purchase and of firearms

Possession of firearms by minors

Human trafficking

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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  • Brand: New Jersey Law Journal
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 0
  • Page Count: 1300
  • ISBN: 978-1-57625-906-1
  • Pub#/SKU#: Codebk15
  • Pub Date: 01/25/2015

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  • Kenneth Del Vecchio
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Besides New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide, Del Vecchio has published Test Prep Guide to Accompany New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice (New Jersey Law Journal Books 2007, New York Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide, and Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, a national version of Mr. Del Vecchios criminal codebook. Kenneth Del Vecchio is also a published fictional novelist, the owner of a criminal law learning center, an attorney who has tried over 400 cases, the founder of New Jerseys largest film festival, and a critically acclaimed filmmaker and actor. He is also an executive at a prominent movie studio. After a successful freshman novel publication, Mr. Del Vecchio expanded to filmmaking in 1998. Since then, he has written, directed and produced five feature films starring Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. These critically acclaimed films also feature Mr. Del Vecchio in lead and supporting acting roles. During all this time, he has handled criminal cases, serving as both a defense attorney and prosecutor. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of the Hoboken International Film & Screenplay Festival, held in New Jerseys artistic capital. It features a celebrity jury with cash prizes being awarded to the winning filmmakers and writers. Serving as Director of Acquisitions/East Coast for Echelon Studios, Mr. Del Vecchio acquires movies for this entertainment giant, heading their New York City office. Echelon distributes films in all media, domestically and in nearly 150 countries around the world. As a filmmaker himself, Kenneth Del Vecchio has created films that primarily focusing on matters of criminal law. His slate of films include: Pride & Loyalty, The Drum Beats Twice, Tinsel Town, Rules For Men and Forget About It. His criminal suspense novels are Revelation in the Wilderness and Pride & Loyalty. In addition to his film and writing projects, Mr. Del Vecchio is presently the Prosecutor of the Borough of Bogota and formerly served as the Prosecutor for the Borough of Hawthorne and the City of Clifton. He maintains a criminal defense practice and is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. Several times a year, Mr. Del Vecchio, via his criminal law learning center, instructs intensive seminars for police officers and attorneys throughout the State of New Jersey and surrounding states.
Also by Kenneth Del Vecchio:
Test Prep Guide to New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice

Subtitle 1. General Provisions

1. Preliminary...................................................................................................... 1

2. General Principles of Liability.......................................................................18

3. General Principles of Justification.................................................................31

4. Responsibility.................................................................................................43

5. Inchoate Crimes.............................................................................................50

6. Bail..................................................................................................................60

7. Registration and Notification of Release of Certain Offenders...................61

Subtitle 2. Definition of Specific Offenses

Part 1. Offenses Involving Danger to the Person

11. Criminal Homicide........................................................................................78

11A. Human Cloning..............................................................................................94

12 Assault; Reckless Endangering; Threats.......................................................96

13. Kidnapping and Related Offenses: Coercion............................................. 119

14. Sexual Offenses............................................................................................135

15. Robbery........................................................................................................148

16. Bias Crimes...................................................................................................152

Part 2. Offenes Against Property

17. Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Destruction.....................155

18. Burglary and Other Criminal Intrusion......................................................167

20. Theft and Related Offenses.......................................................................... 176

21. Forgery and Fraudulent Practices............................................................... 214

22. Human Remains..........................................................................................284

Part 3. Offenses Against Others

24. Offenses Against the Family, Children and Incompetents.........................287

25. Domestic Violence........................................................................................296

Part 4. Offenses Against Public Administration

27. Bribery and Corrupt Influence.................................................................... 318

28. Perjury and Other Falsification in Official Matters....................................329



29. Obstructing Governmental Operations: Escapes.......................................340

30. Misconduct in Office; Abuse of Office........................................................361

Part 5. Offenses Against Public Order, Health and Decency

33. Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses.......................................370

34. Public Indecency..........................................................................................406

35. Controlled Dangerous Substances..............................................................419

35A. Anti-Drug Profiteering.................................................................................487

35B. Drug Dealer Liability...................................................................................493

36. Drug Paraphernalia.....................................................................................500

36A. Conditional Discharge for Certain First Offenders....................................508

37. Gambling Offenses.......................................................................................510

38. Terrorism......................................................................................................521

39. Firearms, Other Dangerous Weapons and Instruments of Crime.............533

40. Other Offenses Relating to Public Safety....................................................567

40A. Miscellaneous...............................................................................................581

Part 6. Offenses Against Organized Crime and Organized

Crime Activities

41. Racketeering.................................................................................................585

Subtitle 3. Sentencing

43. Authorized Disposition of Offenders..........................................................595

44. Authority of Court in Sentencing................................................................628

45. Suspension of Sentence; Probation..............................................................642

46. Fines and Restitutions..................................................................................647

47. Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center.....................................................655

48. Criminal Disposition Commission.............................................................664

51. Loss and Restoration of Rights Incident to Conviction of an Offense......666

52. Expungement of Records.............................................................................671

58. Licensing and Other Provisions Relating to Firearms...............................683

62. Willful Nonsupport......................................................................................708

64. Forfeiture......................................................................................................710

65. Disposition of Stolen Property and Documentary Exhibits......................715

66. Deposited Funds.......................................................................................... 717

98. Repealers, Allocations and Effective Date..................................................721

104. Material Witnesses.......................................................................................728



Title 39

1 Definitions....................................................................................................732

2. Department of Motor Vehicles....................................................................741

2A. Motor Vehicle Commission.........................................................................751

3. Motor Vehicles..............................................................................................774

3A. Additional Equipment Regulations...........................................................1002

3B. School Buses, Equipment and Regulations..............................................1003

3C. Snowmobiles............................................................................................... 1014

4. Traffic Regulation......................................................................................1030

5. Enforcement and Procedure...................................................................... 1197

5A. Application of Subtitle to Highways Owned By Public or

5B. Transportation of Dangerous Articles on Highway.................................1224

5C. Motor Vehicle Racing on Highways.......................................................... 1231

5D. Interstate Compact; Drivers Licenses.......................................................1232

5F. Nonresident Violator Compact.................................................................1237

5G. Limousine Operation and Enforcement....................................................1246

6. Financial Responsibility............................................................................1250

6A. Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance – No Fault Provisions......1282

6B. Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance...................................................... 1321

7. Service or Process Upon Nonresidents.....................................................1323

8. Inspection of Motor Vehicles.....................................................................1328

9. Hours of Duty of Operators of Certain Motor Vehicles..........................1369

10. Purchase, Sale and Transfer of Motor Vehicles........................................ 1371

10A. Abandoned and Unclaimed Motor Vehicles.............................................1394

10B. Motor Vehicle Component Parts...............................................................1400

11. Junk Yards..................................................................................................1404

12. Driving Schools..........................................................................................1408

13. Auto Body Repair Facilities...................................................................... 1416

Index ..................................................................................................................... 1423