Westmont Murder Defense Attorney
Aggressively Defending the Accused
In New Jersey, murder is a felony in the first degree and carries the most severe penalties upon conviction, including life in prison. However, to obtain a first-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must be able to prove the defendant’s intention to kill or to cause serious bodily harm that resulted in death.
If you or someone you love is facing murder charges in Camden County, it is critical to retain the most experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer you can find to fight for your rights while protecting your reputation and freedom. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, our Westport murder defense lawyer fiercely fights for clients’ rights while protecting their reputation and freedom.
Murder Charges in New Jersey
Murder in New Jersey may be charged as either a first-degree or second-degree felony. First-degree murder involves premeditation or deliberation; it is planned and intentional and results in death. It can also occur through killing someone while committing another felony; this is called felony murder. Second-degree murder is differentiated from first-degree by the fact that it is committed on impulse, stemming from an intent to cause severe harm or as a display of disregard for human life.
Felony murder charges can occur while committing crimes such as:
- Sex crime
- Escape from law enforcement
If you are convicted of felony murder, you will be facing the penalties of first-degree murder.
Homicide vs. Murder
Something a lot of criminal defendants in New Jersey do not understand is the difference between homicide charges and murder charges. Every murder is a homicide, but not every homicide is murder. If the homicide was planned or committed on purpose, it is considered to be murder.
In New Jersey, there are three categories of homicide:
No matter which charges you are facing, The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen can help. We have successfully defended numerous clients against all types of homicide and murder charges.
Penalties for Murder
Penalties for murder charges in New Jersey include a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years or life in prison. Aggravating circumstances, such as killing a police officer or having prior convictions, will likely result in more severe penalties. An example of intentional murder would be committing arson that leads to someone’s death. A prosecutor would likely try to prove that a reasonable person would know that such a purposeful and knowing act would result in death.
Work with Our Highly Experienced Westmont Murder Defense Lawyer
There is a valid defense for every criminal case. However, without the knowledge of a seasoned defender on your side, you may be taking an unnecessary risk with your freedom and future. 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 with help from The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen.
As a former Camden County prosecutor, Attorney Jill Cohen knows how her former colleagues build their cases against murder defendants. That knowledge and experience can be used to help you fight your charges and protect your freedom. With more than 30 years of experience, our Westmont murder defense lawyer has what it takes to craft an aggressive defense strategy on your behalf.
Call (856) 351-5115 today to request a free consultation with our firm. You can count on us to stand up for you every step of the way.
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