My question involves judgment recovery in the State of: New Jersey
I was incarcerated a few years back during which time an incident occured in jail, after I was released I retained counsel and sued the correctional facility and we came to an settlement in federal court without bringing it to a jury. My lawyer informed me afterwards that I would be subject to a child support lien search and also a general judgement search before receiving the proceeds.
The search showed I have several judgements against me from the motor vehicle branch and public defender costs from previous criminal cases. My question is: Can these judgements attach to the proceeds from my civil suit? I know that there is a law that says child support will attach , but I have searched and searched and I can find nothing saying that other liens will have claims on this money. I have no child support liens or judgements as I have no children. Any help would be appreciated as my lawyer doesn't know either ... If anyone could direct me to a law stating one way or another that would be great too as I can forward it to my lawyer, but any info at all would be great.