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Robert G. Stahl Named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Jersey/New York attorney is the newest member of a prestigious group of accomplished trial lawyers.

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a preeminent organization of courtroom-proven professionals from across the United States and Canada, has inducted attorney Robert G. Stahl as a Fellow.

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Telemedicine - New Frontiers in Medicine and Potential Legal Issues

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Healthcare Fraud on Monday, September 24, 2018

The United States is slowly moving to catch up with medical practices in some European and Asian countries in using technology to avoid an in-person doctor’s appointment. Without having to schedule and wait for an appointment, take time off from work, or leave home, a person can have common aliments diagnosed using their smartphone. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and technology to provide clinical healthcare at a distance.

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The President’s Tweets Undermine Our System of Justice

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Russia Investigation, Paul Manafort, President Trump, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud on Thursday, August 23, 2018

With Tuesday’s convictions in the criminal trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, has garnered five guilty pleas and 32 indicted individuals still pending. In addition, yesterday’s guilty plea in the S.D.N.Y., by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and self-styled fixer, admitting to making payments to two women who allegedly had affairs with President Trump in violation of campaign finance laws at the direction of the President along with other charges, demonstrate that our system of justice is working as it should.

Tags: Russia Investigation, Paul Manafort, President Trump, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud

The Government’s Main Witness is a Liar and a Criminal – Happens Every Day

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Russia Investigation, Witness, Federal Criminal Trial, Sentencing on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s former business partner, is the star witness in the first trial resulting from the Special Counsel’s Russia collusion investigation in federal court in Virginia. Gates pled guilty to felony charges and agreed to testify against Manafort in an effort to receive a substantially reduced sentence. The government and defense agree on one thing – the cooperating defendant/witness is guilty of financial crimes, moral misdeeds and has lied repeatedly in the past. Despite that, Gates is on the witness stand, under oath testifying as a government witness in a highly publicized trial of great public interest.

Tags: Russia Investigation, Witness, Federal Criminal Trial, Sentencing

Driving While High – There May Soon be a Breathalyzer for Pot

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Marijuana, Weed, THC, DUI on Monday, August 6, 2018

With the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal uses across the country, police and legislators are scrambling for accurate devices that can detect a person’s impairment for driving under the influence of marijuana. Most law enforcement agencies rely on observation and specific cognitive and field balance tests by certified drug recognition experts (DRE). However, none are scientifically accurate to detect the level of impairment.

Tags: Marijuana, Weed, THC, DUI

Is the NJ Attorney General's moratorium on marijuana prosecutions a "move toward decriminalization?" Probably not.

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General, Criminal Law, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a memorandum yesterday ordering local prosecutors to temporarily halt marijuana prosecutions in municipal courts until September, news outlets, including the New York Times, called it a possible "step toward decriminalization." Amol Sinha, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey executive director, praised the move, stating that "[b]y directing prosecutors to pause adjudication of marijuana cases, this letter starts that [decriminalization] process." Marijuana trade magazines were even more effusive. 

Tags: Marijuana, Prosecution, Attorney General, Criminal Law, New Jersey

Much Needed Reform Coming Soon (Hopefully) to New Jersey’s Municipal Courts

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in NJ Municipal Court on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New Jersey, a small but densely populated State, has 21 counties and 565 municipalities. Right now there are 515 Municipal Courts - 316 have individual, stand-alone courts, 173 municipalities share services, while the remaining 76 municipalities have agreed to form 24 separate joint Municipal Courts. Each have their own judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court administrators and staff. Municipal courts handle approximately 6 million cases a year -- motor vehicle summonses, violations of municipal ordinances and minor criminal matters.

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Why There Are So Few Federal Criminal Trials

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Federal Crimes, Trial, Sixth Amendment, Penalties on Thursday, July 12, 2018

After more than two years of careful research and deliberation, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released The Trial Penalty: The Sixth Amendment Right to Trial on the Verge of Extinction and How to Save It. The “trial penalty” refers to the substantial difference between the sentence offered prior to trial versus the sentence a defendant receives after a conviction at trial. This penalty is now so severe and pervasive that it has virtually eliminated the constitutional right to a trial. The report notes that to avoid the trial penalty, defendants must surrender fundamental rights which are essential to a fair justice system. The release of this report has garnered support from leading criminal justice reform entities, all of which agree that the incursion on the right to a trial poses a clear threat to justice.

Tags: Federal Crimes, Trial, Sixth Amendment, Penalties

The U.S. Supreme Court Slowly Enters the 21st Century

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Supreme Court, Fourth Amendment, Cell tower, cellphone, Criminal Defense, Privacy Rights, Search and Seizure on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tags: Supreme Court, Fourth Amendment, Cell tower, cellphone, Criminal Defense, Privacy Rights, Search and Seizure

Fox News Quotes Criminal Defense Attorney Robert Stahl on Withdrawing Guilty Pleas

By Robert G. Stahl Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Criminal Defense Law Firm News on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

In Fox News coverage of the one-year anniversary of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, In Kaitlyn Schallhorn's May 17, 2018 coverage of Michael Flynn's legal options, Ms.Schallhorn quotes Mr. Stahl:

Robert Stahl, a white-collar criminal defense attorney in New York and New Jersey, told Fox News withdrawing a guilty plea “is extremely rare and very difficult.”

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