Public servants are entrusted with official roles whose duties include the protection of the rights of our state’s citizens.
This trust extends to law enforcement officers, as well, and under New Jersey’s laws, the statute N.J.S.A. 2C:30-6, Crime of Official Deprivation of Civil Rights, it is a criminal offense for a public servant, acting in their official capacity, to knowingly engage in unlawful conduct with the purpose of intimidation or discrimination.
Some acts are specified, including subjecting another to an unlawful arrest or detention – which can include a traffic stop – and impeding another person’s lawful exercise of any rights.
The crime is graded as a third degree offense, which means that conviction can lead to a three to five year prison sentence and fines of up to $15,000.
In cases where bodily injury against a victim occurs, the charge is a second degree matter, with a five to 10 year sentence if convicted, and a possible $150,000 in fines.
At the most serious level, a public servant who commits, attempts to commit, or conspires to commit any of the following acts under 2C:30-6 will face first degree charges:
Conviction on a first degree charge can mean a sentence between 10 years and life in prison, depending on the specific facts of your case. You’ll face fines of $200,000 as well.
Official Deprivation of Civil Rights isn’t a charge that’s filed often, but in the modern era of public protest movements and widespread activism against official and personal injustice, anyone in public life is at risk.
Matthew Reisig can protect your freedom and your reputation when you’re charged with civil rights violations.
Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.