In New Jersey, homicide is the most serious of crimes. Homicide charges typically involve purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly causing the death of another person.
Depending on various factors that are unique to the facts of a particular case, Homicide is most often charged as a First or Second Degree Crime. The degree of crime for a Homicide charge is often dependent on the mental state of the person accused of causing the death (i.e. purposefully causing death versus recklessly causing death).
The penalties for criminal offenses in New Jersey based on the degree of the offense are outlined below:
Felonies (Indictable Offenses):
- First Degree Crime: 10 to 20 years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine
- Second Degree Crime: 5 to 10 years in prison and up to a $150,000 fine
- Third Degree Crime: 3 to 5 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine
- Fourth Degree Crime: up to 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
Misdemeanors (Disorderly Persons Offenses):
- Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 6 months in county jail and up to a $1000 fine
- Petty Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 30 days in county jail and up to a $500 fine
Given the serious penalties outlined above for a Homicide conviction, it is very important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly examine the unique facts and circumstances of your case and present any legal defenses to the charges on your behalf.
The criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio have the knowledge and experience to defend those charged with the most serious of crimes, including Homicide charges. Depending on the facts of your particular case, we may be able to work toward having your charges downgraded or dismissed by convincing the prosecutor that he or she can not prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
Additionally, even in those cases where the prosecution’s proofs are so strong that it would not be in a client’s best interest to take his or her case to trial and risk facing the maximum punishment prescribed by law, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio are frequently successful at getting the charges reduced while also helping clients avoid prison time.
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