Our Highly Experienced Legal Team and Our Murder Charge Defense Lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ Adeptly Fight Homicide Charges For You in Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout South Jersey
Homicide charges are one of the most serious charges that you can face as part of a legal prosecution. If convicted of homicide, you will most likely face life in prison. Even for crimes for which you can become eligible for parole, when it comes to homicide, you may still be required to serve a minimum of 85% of your sentence before you can seek parole. While the prosecution will do everything it can to obtain a conviction when they have credible evidence of your guilt, you must do everything you can to protect your freedom and future. If you face charges as serious as homicide, experience matters, so contact the deeply experienced New Jersey homicide attorneys at Agre & St. John for reliable representation and defense against the charges you face.
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Classifying and Fighting Homicide Charges with Skilled Murder Charge Defense Lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ
Not everyone knows that all types of murder are the same and that the penalties for murder or homicide charges are relatively fixed. There are actually several types of homicide crimes in New Jersey, and such charges are usually classified as either:
- Vehicular homicide, which is death by auto
To convict someone of first-degree murder charges as per NJ Rev Stat § 2C:11-3 (2013), the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice on Murder, the prosecuting team must show that you purposefully or knowingly caused the death or serious injury to someone that resulted in death or that you caused the death of someone while committing or attempting to commit another serious offense such as robbery, burglary, arson, sexual assault, kidnapping, GTA, terrorism, or criminal escape.
If the prosecution can establish these facts and prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, your first-degree murder charges will lead to a minimum of 30 years in jail without parole. Aggravated manslaughter, another type of murder charge, is also a first-degree offense in New Jersey but comes with between 10 and 30 years of prison time if you are convicted.
Second-degree manslaughter charges apply when you recklessly cause someone’s death. They include crimes committed in the “heat of passion” and vehicular homicide by reckless driving. These charges come with sentences of between five and 10 years in prison, up to $150,000 in fines, and potentially a lifetime driver’s license suspension if a vehicle was involved. Fines and being unable to drive are compelling reasons to fight the murder charges you seek even if there was no jail time involved. However, when taken all together, these penalties can be life-altering, so seek assistance from our New Jersey homicide attorneys to defend your rights and freedom.
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New Jersey Homicide Attorneys Craft Strong Strategic Defenses for Murder Cases of All Kinds
We personally handle every aspect of your case and make sure that you know what is going on with your case and what you need to do as part of our legal defense for you. Murder charges are some of the harshest charges that anyone can face, and every case is different, so the defensive strategy that we use for you will be tailored based on the specifics of your case. We can fight your murder charges in many ways, including the following:
- Proving constitutional violations
- Excluding illegally obtained evidence
- Challenging witness credibility
- Presenting proof of your innocence, such as via an alibi
- Obtaining proof of racial bias or profiling on the part of law enforcement, eyewitnesses, or the prosecution
- Finding holes and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case and/or the testimony of witnesses
We can also gather evidence that you did not commit the homicidal act in question or in any way solicit, request, command, cause, or assist in the commission thereof, and that you were not armed with a deadly weapon or an instrument, article, or substance that could readily cause death or serious physical injury – something not normally carried in public places by law-abiding individuals. These definitions are provided in the New Jersey criminal code, and our New Jersey homicide attorneys can help you understand which defense and case facts can be used to your advantage as part of a comprehensive defense against the charges you face.
Contact Our Compassionate Murder Charge Defense Lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ Today for Help with Building Your Murder Case Defense
Securing your freedom, protecting your rights, minimizing your charges, and reducing your sentences are our key objectives. You can reach us any time of the day or night. If you have been arrested, we will work to secure your quick release at the minimum bail amount possible. We will also gather evidence that can be used to prove your innocence or lower the charges you face. We may also be able to have you enter into a diversionary program, perform community service, pay restitution, or secure you from incarceration in other ways as well, so call our New Jersey homicide attorneys today so that we can begin investigating your case and building the appropriate defensive strategy based on the case specifics.