Aggressive Defense Against Murder Charges
In New Jersey, murder is a crime of the first degree and carries the most severe penalties for a conviction, including life in prison. However, in order for New Jersey 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, Gloucester County, Atlantic County, Burlington 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. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, I fiercely defend clients accused of all violent criminal charges in New Jersey, including murder and manslaughter. I understand how frightening and overwhelming being charged with murder can be, and work to see that you are thoroughly defended to the fullest extent of the law.
First Degree Murder Vs. Felony Murder In New Jersey
Under NJ law, 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 New Jersey, the state does not have to prove the actor had the 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.
Your Future Is On The Line
If you are facing murder charges in Cherry Hill, Washington Township or Atlantic City, or elsewhere in South Jersey, 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 me in as your defense lawyer against murder charges, I will begin to defend you immediately by filing motions to get your charges and bail reduced and by conducting an extensive and meaningful investigation.
Penalties for murder charges in New Jersey include a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison. A life sentence is a maximum penalty for first-degree murder convictions. 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 arson and people die as a result. Camden prosecutors will likely attempt to prove the intentional act was committed in a purposeful and knowing manner which a reasonable person should know would result in death.
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. I get my client excellent results, whether by a plea bargain or at trial. As a former Camden County assistant prosecutor, I know how my former colleagues build their cases against murder defendants. I use that knowledge and my experience to help you fight your murder charges and defend your freedom.
Do Not Talk To Police Before Talking To A Lawyer
It is especially important in murder cases to exercise your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. I am here to be your legal counsel and help you understand your rights every step of the way. To learn more about the murder and other violent crime representation I provide, schedule a free initial consultation by calling my Haddonfield office at 856-754-5501 or sending me a message online. I can meet you at my office or wherever you are incarcerated.