Brief services

SJ19E-1000884

UNION COUNTY - WARRANT CLEARING

Representation in warrant clearing for survivor of human trafficking

SJ seeks assistance with resolving two open prostitution charges from 2002 that occurred as a result of human trafficking. Due to nonappearance in court, there are bench warrants from Elizabeth Municipal Court.  In addition to vacating the bench warrants, there are persuasive arguments to dismiss the underlying charges. First, due to the age since the matters are over ten years old. Second, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1(e), it is an affirmative defense to a charge of prostitution if the defendant was the victim of human trafficking at the time of the alleged offense.   If the matters are dismissed, client could simultaneously apply for an automatic expungement. An expungement would leave her with a clear New Jersey criminal record.  Client lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

HW19E-1001053

PASSAIC COUNTY - GUARDIANSHIP REMOVAL

Prepare and file motion for removal of guardianship

HW is a veteran seeking assistance removing state guardianship. HW was assigned a state-appointed guardian when he fell into a coma last year. He is now recovered and living independently. However, because the guardian still has control of his finances, he has struggled to handle his own affairs. He seeks assistance drafting a motion to remove the state's guardianship. VLJ has already contacted the Office of the State Guardian, who has indicated that they will not contest the removal. HW needs assistance preparing and submitting the motion to remove guardianship with the Passaic Surrogate Court.

To review, email kgarcia@vljnj.org

GT19E-1000958

ESSEX COUNTY - CHILD SUPPORT/SPOUSAL SUPPORT

September court date

GT divorced her ex-spouse in 2017 and the court entered a child/spousal support order. The ex-spouse retired earlier this year and has now filed a motion seeking a downward modification of that order based on his retirement and other changes. Ex-spouse is represented by counsel and GT would greatly benefit from also having counsel in order to level the playing field. GT does communicate in English but prefers French Creole, if possible.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org