A New Jersey Unauthorized Practice of Law Statute

NJ unauthorized practice of law lawyer in New Jersey Criminal Defense LawyerN.J.S. 2C:21-22 is a New Jersey criminal statute that prohibits the unauthorized practice of law. That statute says that a person who knowingly engages in the unauthorized practice of law is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. The statute then goes on to specify three situations where the unauthorized practice of law escalates to a crime of the third degree. The first situation is where the person creates or reinforces a false impression that the person is licensed to engage in the practice of law. The second situation is where the person “derives a benefit.” The final situation is where the activities in fact cause injury to another.

Another New Jersey Unauthorized Practice of Law Statute

A separate statute devotes itself to unauthorized practice of immigration law. That separate statute is N.J.S. 2C:21-31. As with N.J.S. 2C:21-22, violation of N.J.S. 2C:21-31 can be either a third degree or fourth degree crime, depending on the particular circumstances of the case.

What Is Unauthorized Practice of Law?

Determining whether a particular activity constitutes unauthorized practice of law is often difficult. The practice of law encompasses much more than conduct of litigation in the courts. It includes actions for criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey for unauthorized practice of law.  Note that an additional New Jersey statute specifically deals with unauthorized practice of <i>immigration law.</i>  That statute is N.J.S. 2C:21-31.which legal knowledge, training, skill and ability are required. Loosely speaking, advice to clients, and all actions taken for them in matters connected with the law, constitute practice of law. That includes work performed outside of a court. It includes actions having no immediate relation to proceedings in court.

All in the Family

The difficulty is that acts done by lawyers in their day to day practice are often the same acts done by others in the normal course of business, and in daily living. Consider, for example, suggestions and analyses of a situation provided by one family member to another. Those kinds of actions will typically not constitute unauthorized practice of law. (Be aware, however, that advice from one family member to another concerning legal matters is often wrong and, indeed, is sometimes disasterous.)

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