New Jersey Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys
New Jersey Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys
Crimes of violence against other individuals in the State of New Jersey carry the most severe penalties possible by state law, up to and including life in prison without the possibility of parole. Getting arrested or indicted on a violent crime charge requires strong, dedicated legal representation by experienced criminal defense lawyers.
At Spodek Law Group, our team of criminal defense attorneys is comprised of former New Jersey prosecutors and public defenders. We have earned a reputation for bringing strategic criminal defense solutions based on our years of experience in the courtrooms of dozens of county and municipal courts throughout New Jersey.
How Our Attorneys Can Help When You’re Facing Violent Crime Charges
The term “violent crimes” encompasses a list of illegal acts that involve the use of force and infliction of bodily harm against another person or threatening another person with bodily harm. In the most egregious situations, conviction properly leads to lengthy terms behind bars.
Nevertheless, every defendant facing criminal charges deserves and has a Constitutional right to a robust legal defense that seeks the best available outcome for the person who was charged.
Your attorney will battle to protect your rights and to resolve the case against you in a manner that is as beneficial to you as it can be. The earlier we can get involved in your case, the better chance we have to fight and rebut the charges.
Contact Spodek Law Group so that:
A New Jersey criminal defense attorney from our firm can immediately start negotiating your release for the lowest bail possible, if not on your own recognizance.
Our team can launch an independent investigation into the charges against you, including examining any evidence the prosecution has used to get you indicted, and argue for disputable evidence to be kept out of further proceedings.
Our investigators can excavate flaws or act of misconduct in the prosecution’s case, such as:
- Unlawful arrest
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Mistaken identity, possibly by faulty suspect lineup
- False witness testimony
- Fabricated or faulty evidence
- Faulty forensic testing (specifically regarding DNA evidence)
- Profiling, on the basis of racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or other bias
- Police or prosecutorial misconduct
Potential defenses to violent crime charges include but are not limited to:
- Performing in self-defense against an attack
- Performing in the heat of passion
- Absence of intent to harm, or being incapable of forming the requisite intent due to impairment
- Mental illness at the time of the alleged occurrence that prevented distinguishing right from wrong or the consequences of the individual’s actions
In light of our attorneys’ experience across the state, we have the relationships necessary to begin fruitful negotiations right away toward having charges dismissed or reduced as part of a plea bargain.
As our investigation moves forward, our whole legal team will be committed to preparing a strong and persuasive case to present to a jury if a trial becomes necessary. If a conviction is inevitable, again, the professional relationships our attorneys enjoy with prosecutors statewide will help us argue for a reduced sentence and alternatives to jail time.
Common Types of Violent Crime Cases Our Attorneys Handle
Our team of criminal defense attorneys in New Jersey has handled a wide range of cases involving allegations of violence and crimes of violence. Some of the types of violent crime matters our law firm takes include:
- Stalking Offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Simple Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Restraining Order Violations
- Assault & Threat Crimes
- Assault by Auto
- Carjacking Charges
- Disorderly Conduct
- Resisting Arrest
- Disarming a Police Officer
- Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution
- Terroristic Threats
- Weapons Offenses
For your rights to be upheld to the fullest extent of the law, it is crucial that you engage a criminal defense attorney with experience in New Jersey courts as soon as possible after being arrested for a violent crime.
Penalties for Violent Crime Convictions in New Jersey
Depending on the crime you are being charged with, you could be looking at extremely harsh punishment under the New Jersey criminal code. There are a multitude of crimes that involve threat or imposition of bodily harm and the degree or level of crime you may be charged with varies according to the allegations against you.
Numerous violent crimes, such as murder and kidnapping, are statutory crimes. This means that their punishment is defined by law. For example, carjacking is a first-degree offense carrying 10 to 30 years in prison. Conviction on carjacking charges requires the defendant to serve 85% of any sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.
Other repercussions for crimes of violence are levied pursuant to New Jersey’s general classification of crime and punishment, and punishment could be increased according to the circumstances of the case.
Generally speaking, according to New Jersey law, the following penalties can be expected for violent crimes in New Jersey:
- A person convicted of a first-degree offense may serve 10 to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $200,000.
- A person convicted of a second-degree offense may serve 5 to 10 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $150,000.
- A person convicted of a third-degree offense may serve 3 to 5 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $15,000.
- A person convicted of a fourth-degree offense may serve up to 18 months in prison and pay a fine of up to $10,000.
- A person convicted of a disorderly persons offense may pay a fine of up to $1,000.
- A person convicted of a petty disorderly persons offense may pay a fine of up to $500.
Depending on the degree of crime you are charged with, you may be looking at prison, jail time, fines and fees, probation, or a restraining order. Since the punishments for violent crimes vary so widely, there is ample opportunity to negotiate a lesser charges or sentencing. You need an expert N.J. violent crimes defense attorney on your side to negotiate for you.
Call Our New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
If you were arrested for any violent crime in New Jersey, exercise your right to remain silent and reach out immediately our experienced criminal defense attorneys. Our team will do everything possible to seek the best available outcome for you.
Don’t risk the severe consequences that are possible under New Jersey law for being convicted of a violent crime. Contact Spodek Law Group right now for your free initial legal consultation.