When an individual is charged with committing a violent crime in New Jersey, they are facing a very uncertain future. If convicted, the individual will likely serve a significant sentence and face a permanent criminal record. Additionally, if the individual is released from jail, they will be subject to the lifelong impacts of having a violent crime on their record. This can impact the housing, jobs, and loans they can obtain.
What is considered a violent crime?
There are many different crimes that can be categorized as violent in New Jersey. Some of these crimes include the following:
- Vehicular Homicide
- Aggravated Assault
- Murder or Manslaughter
- Armed Robbery
- Sexual Assault
It is important to be aware that some crimes can be upgraded charges when violence occurs. For example, if someone is committing theft but does not use any violence, they will only face a simple theft charge. However, if there is any threat of a weapon or violence during the theft, the crime can be upgraded to an armed robbery, which carries much more serious penalties.
It is also important to note that many violent crimes are subject to the No Early Release Act. This means that the individual convicted of the crime is required to serve at least 85% of their sentence before parole even becomes an option.
Individuals charged with a violent crime should contact our firm today.
If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.