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Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Jersey Criminal Law Overview- Part I

Criminal law encompasses a wide variety of charges- some being much more severely punishable by nature than others. Below, we provide explanations on some of the offenses that fall under this area of law. The Sitzler & Sitzler criminal defense attorneys represent clients facing criminal charges in the following areas:

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence may include harassment, assault, threats and sexual abuse. Here at Sitzler & Sitzler, we represent the plaintiff, the individual charging domestic violence, or the defendant, the one charged with domestic violence.

Drug Crimes: Punishment for these offenses vary greatly according to the seriousness of the crime. Whether the defendant is brought up on a misdemeanor charge or something as serious as a multi-jurisdictional federal felony is contingent on the specific nature of each drug crime. Alternative sentencing, such as rehabilitation, is a possible avenue your attorney may want to explore if you're charged with a drug crime.

DUI/DWI Defense: The consequences of being arrested and charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) can be severe. Those charged with such a crime may lose their driver’s license and/or have to pay heavy fines as a result of convicted. Being sentenced to jail is even a possibility. Convictions remain on your permanent criminal record and can have a negative impact on future employment possibilities. The attorneys at Sitzler & Sitzler will use their knowledge of sobriety tests and law enforcement protocol to launch a comprehensive defense against the DWI charges you face. 

Expungements: New Jersey law determines who is eligible for an expungement. The state's expungement laws provide for the clearing of certain juvenile and adult criminal records.

Federal Cases: Defense of this charge differs greatly from state criminal defense, as the federal court process usually requires Grand Jury procedure- something that is not usually part of state prosecutions. Federal sentencing is also very different from the state. Our criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and experience to aggressively fight your federal case in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Felonies/Indictable Charges: The severity of the charge and maximum punishment for the crime are the determining factors for whether a crime is classified as a felony/indictable charge or a misdemeanor. Indictable charges are only appropriate for society's most serious crimes, including rape, manslaughter and aggravated assault, for example.

Homicide: Criminal Homicide is defined as murder, manslaughter, or death by auto. A person is guilty of criminal homicide if they purposely, knowingly, recklessly or under the circumstances set forth in section 2C:11-5 (death by auto), cause the death of another human being, according to New Jersey's definition of homicide.

Juvenile Matters: These cases occur when a minor- an individual under age 18- violates the law. Juvenile cases bring a set of complex factors into play, such as accountability and rehabilitation, due to the young age of the defendant.

If you have been brought up on criminal offense charges and live in Burlington County, New Jersey or the surrounding area, don't hesitate to contact us at (609) 267-1101 to schedule a free consultation


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