Being charged with a crime is can be a very scary experience. Depending on the charges, an individual charged with a crime faces the possibility of years in prison and large monetary fines. Due to the magnitude of these potential penalties, it is important that anyone facing criminal charges enlist the aid of a qualified defense attorney. A good criminal defense is the only difference that exists between defendants that go to jail and defendants that go free.
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.
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.
Although this unusual case did not take place in New Jersey it might be of interest to readers in this area. Apparently a 49-year-old woman recently won a $900,000 jury verdict against a 69-year-old man who she contracted herpes from. After deliberating for two hours the jury found that the woman was only 25 percent responsible for contracting the disease.
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.
Assault charges are serious and should not be taken lightly. If convicted of a violent crime in New Jersey you could face jail time. It's important to have an experienced attorney to defend your rights if you have been charged with committing a violent crime.