Earlier this month, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned a
The Supreme Court said this was not okay because judges are supposed to make the sentences they give
Were you sentenced by Judge Billmeier?
The Supreme Court said that Judge Robert Billmeier’s comments about always sentencing defendants in murder cases to a minimum of 60 years, and other remarks he made guaranteeing his sentence would be longer than that offered
If you or a loved one was sentenced by Judge Billmeier, you should talk to a criminal defense lawyer about this recent NJ Supreme Court case, and determine whether it is worth investigating whether the sentence in you or your loved one’s case is also questionable.
Even if you weren’t sentenced by Judge Billmeier, you should take a closer look at your sentencing.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has said time and time again that the sentence imposed must fit the crime committed. Each crime has a sentencing guideline that is supposed to help the court set the correct punishment.
For example, the New Jersey’s state court judges are required to sentence people convicted of
If you don’t feel like the judge took unique facts into consideration when sentencing you or a loved one, that is something that can be investigated.
The first step is to order a copy of the trial and sentencing transcripts. This record of everything said in the courtroom during trial and sentencing is, unfortunately, not available in every case. It is also not cheap.
Once a transcript is secured, an experienced attorney can help you read through the transcript and look for statements that suggest the judge was biased during the
The sentencing records from other similar cases where the same judge presided should also be examined to see if there is a pattern. If every murderer is being sentenced to 60 years, a higher court m