What is a first-degree crime?

First-degree crimes are considered to be the most serious crimes and they can involve more serious penalties to signify this. These crimes can involve criminal acts, such as murder, manslaughter and rape. Individuals faced with these charges may have life-changing consequences due to their actions. 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. A second-degree crime is less than a first-degree crime. Second-degree crimes involve aggravated sexual assault, arson and robbery. An individual may face jail time from five years to 10 years and possibly a heavy fine.

What is a violent crime charge?

Violent crimes can have a devastating toll on victims by affecting them physically, mentally and emotionally for the rest of their lives. This can cause those guilty of these crimes to face serious consequences for their wrongdoings against another human being. These crimes are directly against human nature since it harms another individual, which violates our human nature to be kind to one another and protect those around us. Under guidelines presented by the FBI, violent crimes can be considered to be murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, aggravated assault and rape. If you are charged with a violent crime no matter what degree it may be, you should seek the help of a professional attorney to defend you in this situation. Due to the serious nature that violent crimes involve, courts can be harsh on those who are being charged with this crime and found to be guilty. This can lead to life-altering consequences for the guilty.

What is the No Early Release Act?

The No Early Release Act in New Jersey determines that imprisoned individuals must serve 85% of their sentence before they are considered for eligibility for parole. If individuals are found guilty of a crime and subsequently charged with penalties, this act can be applied to their situation as part of their consequences. This means that along with fees or jail time that have been charged, it can also be accompanied by the No Early Release Act. When serious crimes are committed, charges could be upgraded to be aggravated or armed, which may entice the judge to include the penalty of the No Early Release Act. This can be used if the judge believes that the individual is inclined to commit the crime again. It may also show that they have committed a violent crime against human nature.

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.