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Fight Your New Jersey Criminal Arrest!
The Basics of New Jersey Criminal Laws:
Two Levels Of Arrest
Crimes (Serious) & Disorderly Persons Offense (Less Serious)
There are two categories of criminal matters under New Jersey state criminal laws: a more serious offense is called a “Crimes”, and less serious offense is called a “Disorderly Persons Offense”. These categories are roughly the same as what people consider “felonies” and “misdemeanors”. Crimes are also called “indictable offenses”.
I represent people accused of both Crimes and Disorderly Persons Offenses in all New Jersey Criminal Courts, on charges ranging from disorderly persons, to first degree crimes including major drug cases and even murder.
The more serious your charge, the more you need a top Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, an achievement which only a small number of lawyers in New Jersey have achieved.
But here’s the thing: when it’s you who is facing jail time, or any life changing penalty, ask yourself what it is worth to you to have the best chance to beat your case.
And call me immediately to find out what I can do to help. Don’t wait until you decide you aren’t happy with a public defender. If you want the best chance at the best possible result, call me as soon as possible to find out how I can help you fix this problem.
New Jersey Crimes / Criminal Offenses
Under New Jersey Criminal Laws, indictable criminal offenses are categorized as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree charges. First and second degree crimes are considered to have a “presumption of imprisonment“. If you are found guilty of a first or second degree New Jersey criminal charge, you will be sent to prison.
Third and Fourth degree criminal charges do not have any presumption of imprisonment if you do not have any previous criminal convictions on your record. Any prior convictions you do have on your record will be considered and factored in to the sentencing process if you are found guilty of a third or fourth degree charge.
- First Degree - 1st Degree crimes are obviously the most serious criminal matters. Offenses in this category include murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape/sexual assault with penetration, and some other very serious charges. The penalties for conviction for first degree criminal charges are 10-20 years in state prison.
- Second Degree - 2nd degree crimes include sexual assault, aggravated assault with serious injury, kidnapping, robbery without a gun/unarmed robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, eluding police, computer pornography crimes, and the more serious drug charges. The penalties for conviction for a second degree criminal offense under New Jersey laws are typically 5-10 years in state prison.
- Third Degree - 3rd degree crimes include most drug charges, theft/shoplifting charges, property damage charges, burglary charges, and most assault charges. If you are found guilty of a third/3rd degree criminal offense in New Jersey, the range of penalties is from non-custodial probation (i.e., probation without jail time), to up to 5 years in prison. You can also get probationary sentences that may include jail time up almost 1 year.
- Fourth Degree - 4th degree crimes include some drug charges, theft/shoplifting charges, some sexual charges, assault charges, stalking, and a number of other charges. If you are found guilty of a fourth/4th degree criminal offense in NJ, the range of possible penalties is from non-custodial probation to up to 18 months in prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense Penalties
Disorderly Persons offenses in NJ carry potential criminal penalties as follows:
- Prison or jail; up to 6 months for a disorderly persons offense, or 30 days for a petty disorderly persons offense
- Fines of up to $1000 for a disorderly persons offense, or $500 for a petty disorderly persons offense.
- community service
- drivers license suspension
Some common examples of disorderly persons charges, or (petty crimes as they are sometimes called) are shoplifting or theft under $200 in value, possession of drugs in very small quantities, gambling,
Town Ordinance Offense Penalties
Local town ordinance offenses are varied, and specific to each town or municipality. They are generally lesser offenses than petty disorderly persons offense charges.
Criminal Charges I Defend
I represent clients across New Jersey on all criminal charges. I’ve successfully represented people charged with virtually every type of New Jersey Criminal Penalty, including:
- Assault & Battery
- Aggravated Assault / Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
- Armed Robbery
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Contact
- Bad Checks
- Bail Jumping / Outstanding Warrant
- Breaking and Entering
- Careless Driving
- Credit Card Fraud/Theft
- Criminal Coercion
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Restraint
- Criminal Sexual Contact
- Disorderly Conduct/Disorderly Person
- Distribution of Child Pornography
- Domestic Assault / Domestic Violence
- Driving on Suspended License
- Driving Without Insurance
- Drug Possession
- Drug Possession (Marijuana)
- Drug Possession – Cocaine
- Drug Possession – Heroin
- Drug Possession – Methamphehtamine
- Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone
- Drunk Driving / DWI / DUI / Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Entering an Unlicensed Structure
- False Imprisonment
- Firearms or Weapons Charges
- Invasion of Privacy
- Insurance Fraud
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident or Property Damage
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Outstanding Warrants
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Reckless Driving
- Resisting Arrest
- Restraining Order Violations
- Sexual Assault
- Suspended License, Driving
- Terroristic Threats
- Traffic Violations
- Underage Alcohol Possession
- and more.. call me for a consultation on ANY New Jersey arrest
I am in different NJ courts every day, defending my clients rights and freedom on many different criminal and traffic charges. If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, call for a free consultation now.(888) 628-8394
(888) 628-8394 or locally at (732) 625-9660