What’s new in the 2020 Edition of the New Jersey Field Guide:
Sexual assault has been expended to cover any teaching staff member, substitute teacher, school bus
driver, or other school employee or volunteer who engages in sexual conduct with a pupil at least 18 but
less than 22 years old who has not received a high school diploma. P.L.2019, c.108.
To reduce 1st-degree Kidnapping to 2nd degree, it must be “the actor” in the kidnapping — not a police
officer, not a bystander, and not the victim himself — who releases the victim “unharmed and in a safe
place prior to apprehension.” State v. Cuff.
Crime of Terrorism has been expanded to include persons who commit certain crimes to influence or
incite an act of terror against an individual or a group based on their actual or perceived race, religion,
color, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability,
creed, or any other protected characteristic. P.L.2019, c.351.
The Crime of Aiding Suicide has been amended to allow for use of the all-new “Medical Aid in Dying for
the Terminally Ill Act.” P.L.2019, c.59.
The crimes triggering a violation of Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons have been significantly
expanded, and now incorporates ammunition. P.L.2019, c.165.
Prohibited Weapons and Devices now includes firearms without a serial number. P.L.2019, c.165.
Performance standards and qualifying criteria for “personalized handguns,” also known as “smart guns”
and “child-proof guns,” have been added to Title 2C. P.L.2019, c.164.
It is now a third-degree crime for anyone to possess, buy, sell, transfer, or manufacture “animal fighting
paraphernalia” for the purpose of facilitating dog fighting or baiting. P.L.2019, c.223.
Numerous provisions in Title 2C and Title 39 (including DWI) have been amended to adjust or eliminate
mandatory driver’s license suspensions for certain non-moving violations or drug-related criminal
convictions. P.L.2019, c.276.
The only guide of its kind to include:
* The Degree Crime for each charge
* Specific red color coded subchapters
* Easy to use electronic version
* Current, updated 2C charges with all subchapters
There are over 700 pages of sample complaints as well as a complete section (over 100 pages) of full text, Title 2C statutes included for reference.