Union County Criminal Lawyer
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Union County, New Jersey has over 520,000 residents with a broad economic and ethnic cross-section, largely mirroring the makeup of the nation as a whole. The population density was 5,059 people per square mile (1,953/km²). There were 192,945 housing units at an average density of 1,868 per square mile (721/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.51% White, 20.78% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.37% from other races, and 3.25% from two or more races. 19.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.1% were of Italian, 8.6% Irish, 6.5% Polish and 5.8% German ancestry according to Census 2000.
Union County offers its residents a wide array of programs, facilities, and events. These include recreational activities, educational opportunities, business opportunities and many more. Many consider Union County, New Jersey a terrific place to live, work and raise a family. Despite its outstanding qualities, it is sometimes necessary for law enforcement officials to investigate crimes arising out of Union County and file formal charges against those involved.
The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC handles criminal cases in Union County and throughout New Jersey. Our Union County office is located at 1827 East Second Street in Scotch Plains. The firm’s criminal defense attorneys have many years of experience representing clients in criminal matters. Gary Grabas, Casey Woodruff and Robert C. Rowbotham, II are former Prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” with over 30 years of trial experience.
In New Jersey, offenses are categorized as either felonies or disorderly persons. Felonies are more serious and vary by degree. For example, a first degree offense is the most severe crime in New Jersey. A fourth degree crime is the least severe felony offense. Felony offenses are handled in the Union County Superior Court.
The penalty for a first degree felony includes a 10 to 20 year term of imprisonment and up to $300,000 in fines. A conviction for a crime of the second degree includes a 5 to 10 year term of imprisonment and up to a $150,000 fine. A third degree criminal conviction results in a 3 to 5 year term of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Lastly, a conviction for a crime of the fourth degree involves a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000. If you are charged with a first or second degree offense, imprisonment is presumed.
Offenses that do not rise to the level of a felony are considered disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses. These offenses are handled in municipal court. Thus, a disorderly persons offense arising out of Plainfield would be handled in the Plainfield Municipal Court.
Disorderly persons offenses can also involve imprisonment. The penalty for a disorderly persons conviction includes a term of imprisonment not to exceed 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000. A petty disorderly persons offense can result in up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
If you have been charged with a felony or disorderly persons offense in Union County, New Jersey, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Maintaining a successful criminal defense requires experience. At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our attorneys possess the knowledge and skill to handle any criminal matter. Once again, Gary Grabas, Casey Woodruff and Robert C. Rowbotham, II are all former Prosecutors. Jon M. Bramnick is a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” with over 30 years of trial experience.
Our defense lawyers handle criminal matters in all Union County municipalities. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys, you can reach us at 908.322.7000. We are available 24 hours a day.