One of the scarier moments a person can experience is being charged with a crime, even if it is considered to be a petty offense. Being convicted of a crime can result in not only fines and potential jail time, but a public, criminal record for the person convicted. Having a criminal record can potentially have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to find or hold a job, apply for housing, maintain financial assistance, remain in the United States as an immigrant, or even keep custody of their children.
New Jersey sets out criminal offenses in state law. These crimes can range from minor petty offenses to disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors) to serious indictable crimes (felonies). The severity of the crime also affects the severity of punishment and maximum punishments are also specified by law.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in New Jersey
A foundation of our country’s judicial system is that you are “innocent until proven guilty.” Even if you have actually committed the crime with which you have been charged, you still have important legal rights as a defendant in the state of New Jersey. Those charged with a crime should seek the advice and legal counsel of a skilled criminal defense attorney who has a rich understanding of the criminal justice system. This understanding is critical to both ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the most favorable outcome possible.
Defendants without retained legal counsel risk jeopardizing the opportunity for potential defenses in their case, as many defendants may not be aware of complex legal defenses and principles. Failing to raise a valid defense could result in a wrongful criminal conviction and sentence. Also, lack of knowledge regarding criminal procedure and rules of evidence can lead to disastrous results for individuals trying to represent themselves. Therefore, it is important that defendants obtain legal counsel who will review and understand the entirety of the defendant’s case in order to advocate on the defendant’s behalf.
Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance
Possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) is illegal both under New Jersey state law and at the federal level. In New Jersey, the severity of a possession charge depends on the type of substance involved and the amount the individual was alleged to have possessed. Besides marijuana and hashish, possession of a controlled dangerous substance is an automatic indictable crime/felony. A conviction of this charge could carry a prison sentence of three to five years.
Possession of a controlled substance can have serious implications for a defendant. In addition to facing the potential for up to 5 years in prison, such a conviction could, among other things, result in an inability to maintain or find employment, the ability to remain in the United States as an immigrant, or eligibility for financial aid, public benefits, or educational programs. Fortunately, there are several ways to defend against charges of CDS possession.
Assault is considered to be a violent crime even though the victim need not have been touched or injured, as causing fear of harm is sometimes enough for an assault charge. New Jersey recognizes two types of assault – Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault. While simple assault tends to be considered a disorderly persons offense, both forms of assault have the potential for jail time under New Jersey law. The defenses for assault cases often involve complex legal issues and you should always seek assistance from an attorney with particular knowledge of assault laws in NJ.
It is also illegal in New Jersey to harass another individual. The law states that “a person may not make a communication in offensively coarse language or in any manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm.” In addition, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant intended to harass the victim. While harassment is often a petty disorderly persons offense, it should still be taken very seriously because a conviction could mean fines and jail time.
Call the Maduabum Law Firm, LLC for Criminal Defense Assistance Today
Criminal charges are a serious matter that should be addressed by a knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled criminal defense attorney. In order to obtain a favorable result, an experienced attorney will have to design a well-crafted criminal defense plan after carefully reviewing the details of your criminal case. The attorneys at the Maduabum Law Firm, LLC have the experience and understanding necessary to help you obtain a favorable criminal disposition within the New Jersey criminal justice system. Call the Maduabum Law Firm, LLC for a consultation today at 973-732-1490.