Violent crimes are some of the most significant charges brought against people. These crimes are often in the news and could subject a person to serious jail time if found guilty. If released from jail, a person can face a lifetime burdened by the far-reaching effects of having a permanent criminal record. If you have been accused of a violent crime, you need to take swift action to protect your freedom and your future. Talk to an attorney you can trust to make sure you understand your options and make the best choices. The Law Office of Michael A. Policastro provides effective criminal defense services to clients in New Jersey. Located in Middlesex County, our firm will investigate the matter, exploring all legal defenses and passionately fighting for the client’s future. We know what is at stake. When the cards are stacked against you, contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro immediately.
What are some examples of violent crimes
A violent crime can describe a wide range of crimes, including:
- Aggravated Assault
- Vehicular Homicide
- Murder or Manslaughter
- Armed Robbery
- Sexual Assault
Violent crimes are some of the worst charges a client can face. With this in mind, a conviction can almost guarantee jail time. For a crime in the first degree, including murder, manslaughter, rape, and others, a person could be subject to anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. Second-degree crimes, including arson, robbery, and aggravated sexual assault, can subject a person to 5-10 years in jail.
No Early Release Act
For violent crimes, a person is often subject to the No Early Release Act. This law requires a person convicted of a violent crime to serve at least 85% of their sentence before having the option for parole.
Simple charges turn into “aggravated”
Some crimes can be upgraded to an “aggravated” status based on the facts of the case. When the crime involves a weapon or results in very serious injury, the crime can end even worse than originally thought. For example, while assault can subject a person to $1000 fine and the possibility of 6 months in jail, an aggravated assault charge could mean 5-10 years with the No Early Release Act.
Contact a violent crimes defense firm
When your future or the future of a loved one is on the line, experience matters. A violent crime conviction can be devastating. While not every attorney can take on such a significant legal matter, our firm can. With so much on the line, it is important to consult with an effective legal team that can investigate the case, explore all defenses and passionately fight for the rights and future of clients. The Law Office of Michael A. Policastro provides quality legal services and strong criminal defense to clients in New Jersey. Located in Middlesex County, our firm can take on any case, working tirelessly to help clients come to the best possible conclusion to their legal matter. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro immediately.