Criminal Attorneys in Rahway, NJ
Rahway Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help You Beat Serious Criminal Charges
In New Jersey, criminal charges can have serious consequences. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is important to consult with a highly experienced criminal defense attorney. At the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our defense attorneys have many years of experience handling criminal matters. Gary Grabas and Casey Woodruff are former Prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of experience.
Criminal offenses arising out of Rahway are handled in either Rahway Municipal Court or Union County Superior Court depending on the nature of the offense. Rahway Municipal Court, located at 1 City Hall Plaza, handles non-indictable offenses. The Honorable David Ericksen presides over the court. Indictable offenses are handled in Union County Superior Court, which is located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. Indictable offenses are much more serious than non-indictable offenses and require a grand jury determination as to whether enough evidence exists for a trial. On occasion, what is generally a non-indictable offense becomes indictable because personal injury or death results. For example, a DWI offense arising out of Rahway in which no one is injured, while serious, would most likely be handled in Rahway Municipal Court. However, a DWI offense occurring in Rahway that involves death would be handled in Union County Superior Court.
Rahway Vehicular Homicide Charges & Penalties
Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:11-5, criminal homicide constitutes vehicular homicide when it is caused by driving a vehicle recklessly. Driving recklessly includes operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above. In general, vehicular homicide is a crime of the second degree. Thus, the penalty for a vehicular homicide conviction includes a fine of up to $150,000 and between 5 and 10 years imprisonment. Additionally, there is a three year minimum term of imprisonment.
Vehicular homicide is a crime of the first degree if the defendant was operating the vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08 while:
- on any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board, or within 1,000 feet of such school property;
- driving through a school crossing if the municipality, by ordinance or resolution, has designated the school crossing as such; or
- driving through a school crossing knowing that juveniles are present if the municipality has not designated the school crossing as such by ordinance or resolution.
The penalty for a vehicular homicide conviction in the first degree includes a fine up to $300,000 and a 10 to 20 year term of imprisonment.
Free Consultation – Rahway Criminal Lawyer
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Rahway, discuss you case with a New Jersey lawyer. For a free consultation with one of our highly experienced criminal defense attorneys, contact us at (908) 322-7000. We can be reached 24 hours a day.