When people are charged with violent crimes, they can face serious consequences. Violent crimes can lead to life-changing circumstances. Under the guidelines presented by the FBI, violent crimes are considered to be murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, aggravated assault and rape. If you are charged with a violent crime no matter what degree, you should seek the help of a professional attorney. Due to the serious nature that violent crimes present, courts can be harsh on those who are being charged. This can lead to life-altering consequences. Our representation can aid you in seeking a lesser sentence.
What is a first-degree crime?
First-degree crimes are deemed to be the most serious crimes. They involve criminal acts, such as murder, manslaughter and rape. Individuals faced with these charges may have life-changing consequences. For these charges, individuals may face penalties involving incarceration between 10 to 20 years. For a murder charge, a guilty individual could be subject to a jail term from 30 years to life.
What is a second-degree crime?
A second-degree crime is less than a first-degree crime. However, they still involve very serious crimes. Second-degree crimes involve aggravated sexual assault, arson and robbery. With these charges, an individual may face jail time from five years to 10 years. These crimes can also come with a heavy fine in addition to incarceration.
What is the No Early Release Act?
In New Jersey, the No Early Release Act states that imprisoned individuals must serve 85% of their sentence before being considered to be eligible for parole. When individuals are found guilty of a crime and assigned penalties, the act may be applied to them. This means that whatever fees or jail time they were charged with will also be accompanied by the No Early Release Act. When serious crimes are committed and harm is caused, charges could be upgraded to be aggravated or armed. This may entice the judge to include the penalty of the No Early Release Act.
Violent crimes are taken seriously due to the lives that are affected by them. When individuals are charged with these crimes, it can take a big toll on their lives. Not only may they face jail time, the No Early Release Act can push their incarceration further. In these situations, it is best to acquire a professional attorney to protect your future.
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