NEW JERSEY MURDER AND HOMICIDE OFFENSE DEFENSE LAWYERS
Expert Legal Team for Murder and Homicide Charges in New Jersey
The words ‘homicide’ and ‘murder’ are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. In New Jersey, homicide refers to any death caused by reckless conduct, while murder covers intentional acts that cause death. Being accused of either offense can be a nightmare, with the possibility of spending your entire life behind bars. You need strong representation from experienced attorneys like those at Spodek Law Group.
New Jersey Murder Charges Explained
If you’re charged with murder in New Jersey, it means that you’re accused of having deliberately or knowingly taken someone’s life. The state law covering murder is N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, which sets out two types: intentional or knowing murder and felony murder.
When a person intends to cause bodily injury leading to another’s death or has the conscious objective of killing them, their crime qualifies as purposeful if death results. If they knew their actions would lead to fatal injuries, it is deemed a knowing act. Three things must be proven beyond reasonable doubt for conviction:
1) The victim died
2) The defendant caused the death
3) The defendant acted intentionally or knowingly
This type of murder happens when someone dies during an ongoing crime listed in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a)(3). To bring a successful charge against someone for felony murder in New Jersey, prosecutors must show:
1) That the defendant committed a predicate offense such as robbery
2) The victim died as a result of actions perpetrated by the defendant
3) Either partied actively participated in committing the crime.
Crimes that qualify as predicate offenses include robbery, sexual assault, arson, burglary, kidnapping,cjacking and some may face additional charges.
What Are the Penalties for Murder In NJ?
If you are convicted of a first-degree murder in New Jersey’s courts, you could be looking at a minimum sentence of thirty years imprisonment without the possibility of parole. If one is convicted of both intentional murder and robbery, for example, together face a minimum sentence of 45 years. A judge can increase your sentence to life in prison if the victim is under 18 or was a member of law enforcement killed during duty.
New Jersey also has specific rules for other kinds of murder. Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole will occur if the defendant committed the murder to escape punishment or because they were engaged in terrorism.
Juveniles Waived Up To Adult Court For Murder In NJ
Under New Jersey law, children may be tried as adults for serious crimes like murder where they risk potential long timescales behind bars. The most significant penalty for juvenile homicide charges is life without parole – this applies when killers aged between fourteen and seventeen have murdered someone during brutal attacks commonly seen in rape cases or by fatally assaulting an officer while serving their official duties.
Manslaughter Vs Murder Charges In NJ
Murder charges require prosecutors to prove that defendants intentionally caused harm resulting in death.Thus intoxication can be used as evidence as a defense strategy leading to reduced charges such as manslaughter. Additionally, voluntary manslaughter applies when someone with no prior criminal background intends to kill another person but acts due to sudden agitation resulting from provocations that would have made anyone lose control.
Getting Out on Bail before Trial
For those facing murder accusations, getting out on bail might prove difficult since judges expect strong arguments made regarding why are eligible pretrial release/bail, either waiting to trial while incarcerated or through monitoring options provided by law enforcement agencies.
How Does NJ Law Define Criminal Homicide?
Criminal Homicide refers to knowingly or recklessly causing death in New Jersey. Such crimes could include manslaughter (as above) and ‘death by auto.’ The latter is a criminal offense that entails operating something like a vehicle recklessly leading to another person’s death. Although drinking and driving can contribute towards the charge, it is not considered appropriate as a primary defense in itself.
Expert New Jersey Criminal Lawyers
If you face murder or homicide charges in New Jersey, there are times when inexperienced lawyers will not suffice – this is where Spodek Law Group comes in. We have successfully represented many clients charged with murder over the years, and our skills will undoubtedly be invaluable for your case.
Our team includes some of the most experienced and exceptional criminal defense attorneys who work diligently to ensure our client’s rights and get favorable outcomes on their behalf. Don’t hesitate to give us a call right away!
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