When someone is arrested on serious charges, possible penalties can include fines and jail time. Facing a violent crime charge means the accused needs to know the laws, rights and defense options for his or her particular situation, because a conviction can mean a lifetime behind bars.
Juvenile law cases often involve different legal strategies from adult criminal cases. It is important for those accused, as well as their families, to fully understand the charges brought against them and all of their legal options.
Crimes can often be committed by people who were close to their victims. A former Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, police officer entered a plea of not guilty in response to his arraignment for murder charges in a Hackensack courtroom recently. He also faces weapons charges for criminal possession and is accused of hindering apprehension.
Use of drugs and alcohol can often have unpredictable effects on people. Individuals end up doing things that they would not otherwise do while sober. Actions individuals take while extremely intoxicated may lead to serious consequences and in some cases criminal charges.
Not all marriages work out, and life can become extremely difficult and emotional once divorce proceedings begin. Police claim that just such a situation recently led to the sexual assault and murder of a woman in Bergen County.
When two men were prosecuted for a murder back in 1975, it only took the jury 12 minutes to deliberate and return guilty verdicts. This makes it sound like it was an open and shut case against these men, with overwhelming evidence that the two men were obviously and without a doubt guilty of the criminal charges they faced.
The media is buzzing about the recent murder confession by a man who claims to have killed Etan Patz in 1979. The 33 year old crime alarmed parents in New Jersey and across the nation after the boy, who was six-years-old at the time, disappeared while walking to the bus stop in New York City never to be found again.