In New Jersey, murder is a crime of the first degree and carries the most severe penalties for conviction, including life in prison. However, in order for prosecutors to obtain a first degree murder conviction, they must be able to prove that there was an intention to kill or cause serious bodily harm that resulted in death.
If you or someone you love is facing murder charges in Camden County or anywhere else in South Jersey, it is critically important to retain the most experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer you can find to fight for your rights while protecting your reputation and freedom. Jill R. Cohen, Esq., fiercely defends clients accused of all violent criminal charges in New Jersey, including murder and manslaughter. Do not talk with police before securing serious legal representation. Contact Ms. Cohen right away for a free initial consultation about your murder charges.
Felony murder occurs when the actor kills another individual while performing a felony crime, attempting to commit a crime or fleeing after a crime. Felony murder carries stiff penalties, including life in prison. Unlike typical murder charges in NJ, the State does not have to prove the actor had intent to kill when charged with felony murder. Even if the killer had no plan to kill or physically harm the victim during the associated felony crime, all participants in the crime can be held directly responsible.
The State uses the felony murder rule on crimes that are dangerous in nature. These crimes include:
If you can show you are innocent of these underlying crimes, you can be found innocent of murder. However, if convicted of felony murder, you will be facing at least 30 years behind bars because felony murder is automatically charged as a first degree offense in New Jersey.
If you are facing murder charges, it’s important to know that the death penalty is not an option; it was abolished in New Jersey in 2007. However, the consequences associated with a first degree murder conviction are life-changing. So you must act quickly. When you bring Ms. Cohen in as your defense lawyer as soon as you are charged with murder, she will begin to defend you immediately by filing motions to get your charges and bail reduced and by conducting extensive and meaningful investigation.
Penalties for murder charges in NJ include a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison. A life sentence is the maximum penalty for first degree murderers. If aggravating circumstances, such as murdering a police officer or prior convictions, are involved, the punishment is likely to be more severe. An example of intentional murder would be if someone is accused of committing an arson and people die as a result. Prosecutors will likely attempt to prove the intentional act was committed in a purposeful and knowing murder which a reasonable person should know would result in death.
That being said, there are solid defense strategies against charges of first degree murder. In fact, Ms. Cohen has defended many murder cases in New Jersey and is currently defending cases in Atlantic County, Gloucester County and Camden County. There are a number of ways to fight against murder charges. Rest assured, Ms. Cohen will explore all of your options and choose the best defense strategy for you.
Conversely, if you commit certain crimes and a death results, even if unintentional, you could be charged with felony murder. Ms. Cohen is a New Jersey Supreme Court certified criminal defense attorney. She will explain the many defenses to a murder conviction and the many ways to avoid a life sentence.
For example, a plea bargain is an option where you can avoid a trial and typically get more lenient sentencing. This option, and others, may be available to you if you pick up the phone and contact an experienced New Jersey criminal lawyer. Jill Cohen gets her clients excellent results, whether by a plea bargain or at trial. As a former Camden County assistant prosecutor, Ms. Cohen knows how her former colleagues build their cases against murder defendants. She will use that knowledge and her experience to help you fight your murder charges and defend your freedom.
When you or someone you love is facing serious criminal charges, including murder, child abuse or aggravated sexual assault, your freedom is at stake. Don’t take any chances by choosing just any Camden County criminal defense lawyer. With more than 30 years of experience, Jill R. Cohen has the knowledge and the resources to put together an aggressive criminal defense on your behalf.
Schedule your free consultation by contacting the Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, Esq., today. Ms. Cohen will answer any questions you have and begin analyzing your legal options, whether you are in Camden County, Atlantic County, Burlington County, Ocean County or other counties in New Jersey.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.