When an individual in New Jersey is charged with a crime, they will face serious consequences. The state aims to hold offenders accountable for their actions and does not want any violent offenders roaming free in society with the potential to put others in danger. If an individual has committed a violent felony of the first or the second degree, they may be subject to the No Early Release Act. This Act, which went into effect in June of 1997, aims to ensure that no dangerous persons will be able to harm others.
The No Early Release Act requires that all individuals who have been convicted of a violent felony in the first and second degree to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before they can be eligible to apply for parole. Prior to the enactment of this law, convicted offenders would only serve about fifty percent of their sentence, on average, before becoming eligible for parole. However, this just led to additional violence.
Some of the crimes in New Jersey that are subject to the No Early Release Act include murder, aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and aggravated sexual assault. Of course, anyone who has been charged with a serious crime should be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our firm is here to help.
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.