Murder Charges Defense Attorneys Union County NJ
Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyers Fight Murder & Manslaughter Charges Throughout New Jersey
Criminal Homicide is arguably the most serious crime a person can commit, but homicide charges can also be the most difficult to prove. Criminal homicide, the act of taking another person’s life, can be classified as murder or manslaughter.
Murder is the intended, unjustified killing of another. It may be premeditated or it may be an act of passion. Murder cannot be proven unless an intent to kill can be established. And the penalties for murder are more severe than for any other crime in the New Jersey Criminal Code.
Manslaughter is causing the death of another with reckless conduct. While a person was killed, the perpetrator didn’t intend to cause the death. There are varying degrees of manslaughter. An example might be vehicular manslaughter. A person died as the result of the reckless actions of a driver; the driver didn’t intend to kill anyone, but his or her reckless behavior resulted in a wrongful death.
There is also a charge in New Jersey known as “justifiable homicide.” In most cases, if the homicide occurred as a result of self-defense or in defense of another person, it may be classified as justifiable homicide which carries no penalty.
If you’ve been charged with any type of homicide, you have no time to waste in hiring the most skilled, experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney in NJ. At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, we have years of experience defending clients who face a wide variety of criminal charges, including murder, homicide and manslaughter. We have represented countless clients in murder cases and have fought skillfully and aggressively to get their charges reduced or dropped.
Our battle-tested criminal lawyers understand the seriousness of the charges you are facing. We will leave no stone unturned, no witness unquestioned, in our attempt to defend you and keep you out of jail. Our defense attorneys represent clients all over New Jersey, including Newark, Bloomfield, Montclair, Bernards Township, Westfield, Scotch plains, Clark, Cranford, Plainfield, West Orange and South Orange.
NJ Lawyers Handle Murder Charges in Union, Essex, and Middlesex Counties
Murder charges are classified into three degrees of severity. The gravity of the crime and the perpetrator’s intent are used to determine whether the charges levied will be a first, second or third degree (manslaughter) crime.
First degree murder – This is the most severe of the murder charges. If the act was premeditated, or if there was unusual cruelty during the act or thereafter, or someone was hired to kill another, or the death resulted during the commission of another intentional crime, the defendant will most likely be charged with first degree murder.
Second degree murder or manslaughter – Similar to first degree murder, but without premeditation. For example, a crime of passion may be considered second degree murder.
Although New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007, a murder conviction can still mean a life sentence in jail. Penalties for first degree murder include 30 years mandatory minimum to life in prison, and possibly life without parole.
The battle-tested NJ criminal defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan have the knowledge and experience to bring forth several defenses to murder charges on your behalf, including intoxication, insanity and even self-defense. This is an extremely complex area of the law. Do not attempt to fight these charges without an experienced lawyer who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.
If You’ve Been Charged with Murder, Homicide, or Manslaughter, Call an Experienced NJ Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately for a Free Consultation
Anyone facing a murder charge in New Jersey needs to understand that their freedom is, literally, at stake. When you are facing serious criminal charges and your life is on the line, contact the attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC. We have a track record of successfully fighting murder charges and we will fight aggressively to protect you. We represent clients throughout NJ, including Hillsborough, Elizabeth, Union, Bedminster, Somerville and Westfield. Contact us today for a free consultation.