Tuesday, August 22, 2017

International Driving Permit and International Driver’s License

International Driving Permit and International Driver’s License

Visitors with foreign driver licenses 

Foreign motorists with valid driver licenses from qualifying countries* are free to drive personal or rental cars while visiting the United States as a tourist and are advised to carry an International Driving Permit. 


Who is considered a tourist?
If you are visiting the United States for a period not exceeding one year and are not authorized to work or attend school in the country.


What is an International Driving Permit? 

In addition to having a valid foreign driver license, visitors are advised to carry an International Driving Permit or attach an English translation to their country's national driver license prior to their arrival in the United States. 

·       The International Driving Permit is translated into the nine official languages of the United Nations and serves as a translation to be used in conjunction with the visitor's valid driver license
·       It is useful in emergencies such as traffic violations or auto accidents, particularly when a foreign language is involved
·       You must obtain this permit in your home country prior to your arrival in the U.S. 
A foreign visitor must also display the International Distinguishing Sign if driving a foreign car.

*Qualifying countries from United Nations Convention on Road Traffic, Geneva (1949), Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Motor Vehicle Traffic, Washington, D.C., (1943) and Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (1968).
Source http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/Visitors.htm

Driving with an International Driving Permit (IDP)      

Foreign motorists with a valid driver licenses from countries that qualify with the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic are free to drive personal or rental cars while visiting the United States as a tourist and are advised to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP). You are considered a tourist if you are visiting the United States for a period not exceeding one year and are not authorized to work or attend school in the country. Typically, this will apply to B-1 or   B-2 visa holders. The United States does NOT issue IDP’s to foreign visitors, so you will need to obtain this document BEFORE traveling to the U.S.  
An IDP translates information contained on your driver's license into 10 languages so that officials in foreign countries are able to interpret your license. An IDP supplements a valid government-issued license--it does not serve as a replacement for a license. If you are stopped by law enforcement, you will most likely be asked to produce both your IDP and your official driver's license.
For New Jersey driver’s license purposes, you may use your country's driver’s license as proof of driving experience if you have an IDP issued by your country or if your country is a member of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic and your license is translated into English by a consulate or a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) approved translator.

Getting a New Jersey Drivers License

How to obtain a New Jersey Driver’s License         

If you choose to operate a motor vehicle while living in the state of New Jersey, state law requires that you obtain a valid New Jersey driver's license within 60 days of residing in the state.   International students, scholars, and their families in New Jersey may apply for a New Jersey driver's license at any Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office.
The MVC office closest to the Princeton campus is located at:
Bakers Basin
Motor Vehicle Commission 
3200 Brunswick Pike
Route 1 North
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 
Map & Directions                                                             

Identification Required     

The New Jersey MVC uses an identification verification process called the 6 point ID verification system which requires that all applicants applying for or renewing a New Jersey driver license or non-driver identification card prove their identity through a required combination of documents. Each type of document is assigned a point value, and the total point value of all documents presented must be at least six (6) points.
For detailed information or to view the 6 Point ID document requirements or to download a   6-point brochure visit the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website.
For international students and scholars the identification documents required will include:
  • Valid passport,
  • I-94 card (small, white card stapled into your passport) if you have one, OR, if you entered the U.S. after April 30th, 2013, the most recent I-94 electronic printout that you may retrieve from www.cbp.gov/I94  
  • I-20 or DS-2019 Form
  • A Social Security Card is also required unless you are not eligible to obtain one. For driver’s license application purposes, J-2 (without Employment Authorization Document - EAD), F-2 and H-4 holders should request a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicating they are not eligible for a social security number. The nearest SSA office is located at 635 S. Clinton Avenue, 2nd Floor; Trenton, NJ 08611. For directions, please view our section on obtaining Social Security Numbers.
For New Jersey driver’s license purposes, you may use your country's driver’s license as proof of driving experience if you have an IDP issued by your country or if your country is a member of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic and your license is translated into English by a consulate or a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) approved translator.

Please check the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's website to make sure you have all required items with you when applying for a license or to download the Driving in New Jersey Manual.

For details on the other DMV offices, or more information, call 1-888-486-3339 toll free in NJ or 1-609-292-6500 from out of state, or visit Foreign Visitors Driving in the U.S. 

Beware of the International Driver’s License  Scams

Individuals or companies not authorized to issue IDPs sell fakes on websites, through unsolicited email, and in person for prices ranging from $60 to $400.
If you buy a fake IDP, not only will you be paying for a worthless document, but you also could face legal problems or travel delays if you’re detained for using it to drive in a foreign country.
Many local operations target non-native speakers through ads in foreign-language newspapers that direct people to websites or local storefronts. The marketers falsely claim that their documents:
·       authorize people to drive legally in the U.S., even if they don’t have state-issued licenses or if their state-issued licenses have been suspended or revoked
·       can be used as photo ID in the U.S.
In fact, if you’re a U.S. resident, and you’re caught using an IDP in place of a state-issued driver’s license, the consequences can be severe. You could be charged with driving without a license — or driving with a suspended or revoked license. If you can’t produce proof of your identity (for example, a valid driver’s license, a state-issued identification card, valid immigration documents, or a passport), the officer can assume that you’re trying to withhold your identity and arrest you. Source https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0050-international-drivers-license-scams


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety will require DNA collection for 19 disorderly persons offenses at the time of conviction.

DNA Collection

Effective July 1, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety will require DNA collection for 19 disorderly persons offenses at the time of conviction. The State Police memo dated May 12, 2017 can be viewed
http://www.njsmpa.org/pdfs/codis_dna_collection.pdf

State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Criminal Justice
Memorandum
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
From: Andrew A. DeMuth Jr., Manager CODIS Compliance Unit To: File
Re: Statutes for Expansion of DNA Collection Law: DP Offenses
Effective July 1, 2017, DNA collection will be required for the following 19 disorderly persons offenses at the time of conviction.
At the time of collection, the offender’s identity must be electronically verified via the LiveScan machine using the Criminal Inquiry option, not Criminal Arrest as Criminal Arrest prints were already taken at the time of arrest. Care must be taken to avoid taking Criminal Arrest prints from a subject for the same offense twice.
Code
DV Assault
Title
2C:12-1A(1)* DV - SIMPLE ASSAULT-PURP/KNOWINGLY CAUSE BOD INJ 2C:12-1A(2)* DV - SIMPLE ASSAULT-NEG CAUSE BOD INJ W/ DEADLY WEAP
2C:12-1A(3)* DV - SIMPLE ASSAULT-THREAT OF SBI BY PHYSICAL MENACE *For simple assault statutes, DNA collection is only required when committed as an act of Domestic Violence (DV).
DV Restraining Order
2C:29-9B(2)
CDS Related
2C:33-2.1B
Prostitution
2C:34-1B(1)
2C:34-1B(8)
CDS
2C:35-10B
2C:35-10C 2C:35-10.4B(1)
2C:35-10.5A(1)
2C:35-10.5B
2C:35-10.5E(1) 2C:35-24
2C:35-25A
Paraphernalia
2C:36-2
2C:36-6A
2C:36-6.2c (AOC Adding)
CONTEMPT-VIOLATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WANDERING/PROWLING TO OBTAIN/SELL CDS
PROSTITUTION - ENGAGE AS PATRON
PROSTITUTION OFFER SEX IN EXCHANGE FOR ECONO VA
CDS - UNDER INFLUENCE W/O PRESCRIPTION POSS CDS-FAILS TO GIVE CDS TO POLICE
TOXIC CHEMICAL-INHALE TO CAUSE INTOXICATION
PRESC/LEGEND DRUG-DISTRIBUTE 4 OR FEWER DOSES PRESC/LEGEND DRUGS-USE W/OUT A LAWFUL SCRIPT PRESC/LEGEND DRUGS-POSS W/OUT A SCRIPT =<4 container="" dos="" drugs="" ephedrine="" for="" in="" o:p="" of="" original="" poss="" prescript="" products="" restrictions="" sales="">
USE/POSS W/INTENT TO USE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA POSS/SELL HYPODERMIC SYRINGE FOR USE WITH CDS Sale of hypodermic syringe after lawfully purchasing it
2C:35-10.4B(2)
TOXIC CHEMICAL-POSSESS FOR PURP OF INTOXICATION


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Handling Drug, DWI and Serious Cases in Municipal Court Seminar

 October 30, 2017
5:30PM-9:05PM
NJ Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
     Please forward to any attorneys, prosecutors or judges you believe may be interested.
     Speakers: Kenneth A.  Vercammen, Esq., Past Municipal Court Attorney of the Year
Tara Auciello, Esq.
Municipal Prosecutor (South River)
Law Office of Tara Auciello, Esq. (New Brunswick)
William Brigiani, Esq.
Brigiani & Cohen, LLC (East Brunswick)
Gregory DeMichele, Esq.
NJSBA Trustee
DeMichele and DeMichele (Haddon Heights)
John Menzel, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Municipal Court Practice Section
Law Offices of John Menzel (Point Pleasant) 
Norma M. Murgado, Esq.
Chief Prosecutor (Elizabeth)
Assistant Prosecutor (Woodbridge)
Murgado & Carroll, Esqs. (Elizabeth)

$170- $190 tuition depending on  NJSBA membership 
Seminar # ICMCP150717

Location: New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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This informative seminar on Municipal Court practice and procedure will familiarize you with recent new developments affecting cases that are heard in Municipal Court. 

An authoritative panel of experienced attorneys will be joined by well-respected Municipal Prosecutors to explore a wide variety of matters that you are likely to encounter. They will also bring you up to date on recent developments you need to understand in order to effectively represent your clients. 

Includes sandwiches, dessert, a 400-page book  with sample forms, documents & checklists!
     A special Q&A session: Ask the Experts
NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Municipal Court Section and the NJSBA Young Lawyers’ Division

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    Municipal Court and Criminal Law attorneys may also be interested in the ABA’s CRIMINAL LAW FORMS book
Award winning book from the American Bar Association
Solo & Small Firm Division Author: Kenneth Vercammen 
 Use Criminal Law Forms to help represent persons charged with criminal and traffic offenses. Detailed instruction and valuable insight is offered beginning with the initial contact with the client, to walking into the courthouse, and managing the steps that follow. Two hundred and ten modifiable forms help make criminal lawyers more efficient and productive, while also reducing the chance for mistakes. Criminal Law Forms helps lawyers face the challenges of:
     Criminal defense
     DWI cases
     Juvenile offenses
     Domestic violence
     Traffic violations
     Auto Accidents
     And much more

Regular price $139.95,  GP SOLO Member Price $129.95 To order contact ABA Customer Care, 1-800-285-2221 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60653 or fax to 312-988-6030 (PC: 5150457)  
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978-1-61438-879-1
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      Author: Kenneth Vercammen is an Edison, Middlesex County, NJ trial attorney where he  handles Criminal, Municipal Court, Probate,  Litigation and Estate Administration matters. Ken is author of the American Bar Association’s new book “Criminal Law Forms” and often lectures to trial lawyers of the American Bar Association, NJ State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association.  As the Past Chair of  the Municipal Court Section he has served on its board for 10 years.  
     Awarded the Municipal Court Attorney of the Year by both the NJSBA and Middlesex County Bar Association, he also received the NJSBA- YLD Service to the Bar Award and the General Practitioner Attorney of the Year, now Solo Attorney of the Year.
        Ken Vercammen is a highly regarded lecturer on both Municipal Court/ DWI and Estate/ Probate Law issues for the NJICLE- New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published by NJ Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, YLD Dictum, GP Gazette and New Jersey Lawyer magazine.  He was a speaker at the 2013 ABA Annual meeting program “Handling the Criminal Misdemeanor and Traffic Case” and serves as is the Editor in Chief of the NJ Municipal Court Law Review. 
       For nine years he served as the Cranbury Township Prosecutor and also was a Special Acting Prosecutor in nine different towns. Ken has successfully handled over one thousand Municipal Court and Superior Court matters in the past 27 years. 
   Ken also serves as the Editor of the popular legal website www.njlaws.com and related blogs. In Law School he was a member of the Law Review, winner of the ATLA trial competition and top ten in class.
       Throughout his career he has served the NJSBA in many leadership and volunteer positions. Ken has testified for the NJSBA before the Senate Judiciary Committee to support changes in the DWI law to permit restricted use driver license and interlock legislation. Ken also testified before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in favor of the first-time criminal offender “Conditional Dismissal” legislation which permits dismissal of some criminal charges. He is the voice of the Solo and Small firm attorneys who juggle active court practice with bar and community activities. Recently, the ABA Solo Division has selected Ken to write its new book on “Marketing for the New and Small Firm Attorney”. In his private life he has been a member of the NJ State champion Raritan Valley Road Runners master’s team and is a 4th degree black belt. 
KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
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