Muni-mail – D/P Convictions Used to Impeach for Prior Crimes

[02/27/12 – 1:29 pm] In a 4-3 decision this morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that intervening disorderly persons convictions can bridge the gap between remote criminal convictions and the present day so as to permit impeachment at trial in the event the defendant elects to testify. This decision in State v. Harris may result in fewer defendants seeking to testify during their criminal trials out of fear that a remote criminal conviction will be used for impeachment purposes if the defendant has intervening disorderly persons convictions.

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