Being placed under arrest and formally charged with a criminal offense can be absolutely terrifying. Those thoughts will only be exacerbated if the individual has been charged with a first degree felony. A first degree charge is the highest degree of a felony under the New Jersey criminal code. The minimum term of incarceration that an individual can receive is ten (10) years in a New Jersey State Prison. It should go with out saying, that if you or a loved one has been charged with a first degree crime like aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery, drug distribution, murder or leader of a drug trafficking network in Mercer County or elsewhere in New Jersey, we strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney immediately about your options. As you will see below, even obtaining bail, which will allow for the individual to be released from jail pending trial, can be complicated and more likely than not, will required a formal hearing. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today with one of the Mercer County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta, Oliver & Fay, then please contact our office at 609-789-0779. Our attorneys serve all of Mercer County, including Trenton, Hightstown, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Ewing and Princeton. Now here is some information on First Degree Felony in New Jersey.
Have you been contacted by the police? Have they asked you to come down for questioning? Are they refusing to tell you what they want to question you about? If so, you are not alone. This is a very common tactic used by law enforcement. If you have unfortunately found yourself in this type of situation we strongly urge that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Understanding your rights and your options is absolutely crucial. Law enforcement goes through very extensive training when it comes to how to conduct an investigation, including an interrogation. Certain admissions, let alone confessions, can prove to become very problematic when it comes to defending criminal charges. If you or a loved one has unfortunately found yourself in this situation, the Law Office of Proetta & Oliver can help. Since these types of requests tend to occur in the late evening hours, our office is available around the clock to help assist in anyway possible. To speak to one of our Mercer County criminal defense lawyers today, please call our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. As always, our initial consultations are offered free of charge.Read More
The days of simply posting a monetary bail with the court or seeking the assistance of a bail bondsmen are in essence long gone. The bail system in New Jersey has shifted gears and is now focused on a risk assessment, done an individualized basis, as opposed to a pure economic means of the individual. If you have been arrested and charged on a warrant for an indictable offense (felony) or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) that is classified as an act of domestic violence, the individual must be taken to the county jail so that Pretrial Services can conduct their Public Safety Assessment (PSA). This could take up to forty-eight (48) hours. Based on the PSA score and the prosecutors position, they could file for a Detention Hearing. If that occurs, the prosecution is seeking to convince the judge that the individual must be detained in jail, without bail, pending trial. This could turn an already stressful situation into an absolute nightmare.Read More