Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Smith & Doran, P.C.

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Like It or Not, the Alcotest is Here to Stay ? at Least for Now

If you have the unfortunate experience of being stopped for suspected drunken driving in New Jersey, you may be subject to the use of new, controversial, and possibly flawed, investigation technology: the Alcotest. The...more

1/7/2014 - Alcohol Testing

End of the Road: Harsh Penalties for Drug Possessors

While technological advances have made shopping and communicating easier, they have also created black markets on the Internet where illegal drug transactions occur with a mouse click. These online criminal interactions not...more

1/3/2014 - Drug Possession Illegal Drugs Silk Road Statutory Penalties

What Finances Must Be Disclosed in a Divorce?

Often, one spouse pays the bills and does the bookkeeping for the family. While this can be practical, it can leave the other spouse with little knowledge of the family’s financial situation. For this reason, a spouse might...more

12/31/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Divorce Marital Assets

Liable for Distracted Driving Even if You Weren’t in the Car? In New Jersey, it’s Possible

It’s well known that texting while driving can be extremely dangerous. So, it was perhaps no surprise when 18-year-old Kyle Best’s texting and driving caused a tragic accident in 2009 when his truck veered over the centerline...more

12/27/2013 - Distracted Driving Texting

Looking at the Big Picture: Deciding When to Sue

If you’ve been in an accident, whether it is a minor vehicle fender-bender or a catastrophic industrial accident, one of your biggest concerns is securing just compensation for your injuries....more


Gray Divorce: Divorce After 50

According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, the divorce rate for couples over age 50 has nearly doubled during the past 20 years. Divorce at any age is complicated,...more

12/20/2013 - Divorce Grey Divorce Marital Assets

Temporary Relief While Divorce Litigation is Pending ? What is Pendente Lite Relief?

Waiting until divorce proceedings are complete to receive alimony and child support can cause significant financial hardship. Pendente lite (a Latin term meaning “pending litigation”) relief can help ease the financial burden...more

12/17/2013 - Alimony Child Support Divorce Maintenance

Mental Illness and Divorce

Roughly one quarter of adult Americans have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are married to a person who suffers from mental illness, you have seen the daily...more

12/13/2013 - Divorce Mental Illness

Facing Burglary Charges? Here’s What You Need to Know

A New Jersey man was recently arrested for a Millburn home invasion that was captured on a nanny cam. The burglar allegedly broke into the home, beat a woman there in front of her child, and now faces charges of attempted...more

12/10/2013 - Burglary Criminal Defense

What is Failure to Warn?

Consumer products must be reasonably safe for their intended purpose. However, many products pose serious risks to consumers. When manufacturers are aware of a product’s risks, their duty to advise consumers of these risks...more

12/4/2013 - Failure To Warn Manufacturers Negligence

Who is Eligible for Criminal-Record Expungement in New Jersey?

If you have a criminal record, you are probably aware of how damaging even a minor infraction can be to your future. Colleges, professional licensing boards, and employers will often investigate the criminal history of...more


The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

The primary goals of estate planning are to help manage, preserve, and protect your estate at your death or during incapacity. A number of online companies advertise do-it-yourself (DIY) wills and trusts, providing legal...more

11/22/2013 - Estate Planning

Been Arrested? Now What?

Being placed under arrest can be very scary. Depending upon your offense, you may be facing severe penalties, including imprisonment and fines, if you are proven guilty. So, what should you do if you are arrested?...more

11/15/2013 - Criminal Prosecution Right to Remain Silent

Confused About the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

If you are confused about the difference between a will and a trust, you are not alone. Both documents help protect families and indicate who will receive certain assets and make decisions upon a family member’s death....more

11/12/2013 - Estate Planning Trusts Wills

Preparing for Divorce: Steps to Take Right Now

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time. However, the best way you can minimize the impact of divorce is to prepare in advance....more

11/11/2013 - Divorce

It Can Be a Felony to Drive on a Suspended License After a DUI Conviction

Has your license been suspended because of a previous driving under the influence (DUI) offense? Before you get into the car to run that quick errand or commute to work, you might want to think twice. Repeat violators who...more

11/6/2013 - DUI Felonies

Charged with a Hit and Run?

One of the easiest ways to compound your legal problems after getting into a car accident is to flee the scene following the crash. There are a number of ways in which a hit and run may occur. Frequently, the decision...more

8/30/2013 - Aggravating Factors Car Accident Hit-and-Run Liability

Do I Have To Go Through Mediation Before My Divorce?

In New Jersey, mediation is not mandatory in divorce cases. If you decide that mediation is not right for you or if you tried mediation and were not pleased with the results, you have the right to go to court and have your...more

8/27/2013 - Divorce Marriage Mediation

A DUI Means A Whole Lot Of Penalties

Many of us know someone who has been charged with a DUI. It seems as if a new celebrity is being charged with a DUI every day. With the frequency of DUI charges, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may appear to...more

8/23/2013 - Driver's Licenses DUI Penalties

Myths of Medical Malpractice Cases

Amidst all of the recent debate on health care, there has been a vast amount of misinformation circulating about medical negligence and medical malpractice suits. Below you will find some of the most prevalent myths debunked....more

8/20/2013 - Medical Malpractice Negligence

Juvenile Delinquency: What You Need to Know

Children are treated differently than adults in the American court system. The goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation rather than punishment. For this reason, the court exercises broad discretion in designing a plan that...more

8/15/2013 - Criminal Rehabilitation Inmates Juveniles Minors

The Most Common Forms of Assault

While the stars of The Real Housewives series are no strangers to catfights, three New Jersey cast members recently took things to a new level and were each charged with assault after a bloody brawl last April. Fights like...more

8/13/2013 - Aggravating Factors Assault Bodily Injury Disorderly Conduct Harassment Sexual Assault

Fighting Domestic Violence Charges

Former New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas made the news recently when he and his wife were charged for domestic violence stemming from an incident at their home in March. Recently, the charges were dismissed after the...more

8/9/2013 - Child Custody Discovery Divorce Domestic Violence Jurisdiction

Making Changes To Your Will

If you had a will drafted several years ago, you may have had several major life changes occur since then. Life happens, right? Maybe you got divorced, or maybe a previously favored niece that you were leaving a lot of...more

8/5/2013 - Codicil Estate Planning Wills

Child Custody: A Father’s Rights

Fathers’ rights historically have been an afterthought when it comes to children and custody decisions. How refreshing is it, then, that New Jersey’s child custody statute is entitled “Custody of Child: Rights of Both...more

8/2/2013 - Child Custody Divorce Father's Rights Parental Rights

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