When someone is killed, New Jersey police don’t waste a moment investigating the cases in search of the person or people believed to have committed the crime. Then, state prosecutors review the evidence and, depending on the particular circumstances of the case, charge the suspect with murder, felony murder or manslaughter. These are extremely serious charges that come with life-altering consequences, including significant prison time.
However, when you hire experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen, Esq., she will work tirelessly to negotiate with the prosecution in an effort to get your charges reduced to manslaughter. Manslaughter typically carries shorter incarceration times than a murder charge. Contact Ms. Cohen as soon as possible after you’ve been arrested and charged with homicide. With 30 years of experience practicing criminal law, she will fight for reduced bail, as well.
Manslaughter charges can include voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter, reckless manslaughter or death by automobile. There are legal distinctions between what qualifies as a murder charge, an aggravated manslaughter charge or the other manslaughter charges. Similarly, there are differences between the penalties, as well. If convicted of manslaughter, for example, a person faces up to 10 years in prison. Like murder and felony murder, someone convicted of aggravated manslaughter in New Jersey faces up to 30 years behind bars.
The specific facts in a homicide case will determine the degree of the manslaughter charge. This is where it is important to speak to Ms. Cohen as soon as possible so she can get the best result for you. As a former Camden County assistant prosecutor, Ms. Cohen has a unique perspective in the way prosecutors build their cases. She will use her experience and knowledge to defend you from the start, negotiating with the prosecutors to get your charges downgraded from murder to manslaughter or even get the charges dismissed.
Reckless Manslaughter: When a person didn’t intend to kill another person but the homicide takes place, a charge of reckless manslaughter is likely. This charge is possible in situations where the person who committed the crime acted recklessly while involved in a completely legal activity, such as driving.
For example, most vehicular accident cases are considered to be manslaughter. When a person drinks and drives, their behavior would be considered reckless. However, if DUI/DWI results in a homicide, it can be argued that the person didn’t intend to kill anyone. Another example might be falling asleep at the wheel. This action may be considered reckless. With a strong defense, the homicide charges can be dismissed. It may be necessary to fight these charges at trial in order to be found not guilty.
Aggravated Manslaughter: The most serious of the manslaughter charges in NJ is aggravated manslaughter. It is a crime of the first degree and results in a prison sentence between 10 and 30 years. To get a conviction on this charge, prosecutors must be able to prove that the defendant showed extreme indifference to the value of human life. Similar to the other New Jersey manslaughter charges, the action is committed with recklessness and without deliberate planning.
Shooting and killing another individual over a road rage incident may satisfy the requirements for aggravated manslaughter. However, with the right representation, there could be a defense. Most of Ms. Cohen’s murder cases have resulted in a manslaughter charge and as little time as three years in prison or even probation.
Another reason to act fast in hiring Ms. Cohen to defend you against your charges is that New Jersey law states that persons convicted of manslaughter charges are subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). This act stipulates that at least 85 percent of the individual’s prison sentence must be served before the defendant becomes eligible for parole. In addition, the court will impose additional time of parole even after the sentence is served, so it is important to fight the case early on.
Jill Cohen brings over three decades to the table defending and prosecuting clients, big or small, from serious criminal charges. She is a certified criminal trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and she has defended hundreds of cases in Superior and municipal courts throughout New Jersey. Only a few lawyers have been certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a criminal defense attorney.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a manslaughter crime, get assistance from a Camden County criminal lawyer who has a reputation for handling even the most challenging cases. Ms. Cohen fights these charges, and her familiarity with the law upholding constitutional rights is used to get cases dismissed. Contact the Law Firm of Jill R. Cohen, Esq., today to request your free initial consultation with a defense attorney who will fight for you and get the very best result that is possible.
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.