Felony offenses in New Jersey: What you should know – Jonathan F Marshall
Felonies are considered the most serious type of crime in New Jersey. The state categorizes felony crimes into different degrees so that repeat offenders who commit especially serious crimes receive more severe punishment than first-time offenders. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, felony violations in New Jersey may be punishable by incarceration of up to 35 years (to life),or fines of up to $200,000.
Degreesof felony crimes in New Jersey
Felony crimes typically involve serious offenses that violate the moral standards of society. To be charged with a felony crime in New Jersey, you must be indicted by a grand jury. This means that the prosecution is required to present the case before a grand jury and show evidence that the crime constitutes a felony offense.
The different degrees of felony offenses include crimes such as:
- 1st-degree felony crimes: Treason, large-scale drug trafficking, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery;
- 2nd-degree felony crimes: Terrorism, sexual assault, robbery without a weapon, small-scale drug trafficking, aggravated arson, unlawful possession of a firearm;
- 3rd-degree felony crimes: Drug possession, terroristic threats, credit card fraud, burglary, unlawful possession of a rifle or shotgun, shoplifting;
- 4th-degree felony crimes: Distribution of small amounts of marijuana, forgery, lewdness, promotion of prostitution, violation of a restraining order, among others.
Penalties for felony crimes in New Jersey
Felony crimes usually come with heavy fines and lengthy prison terms. The severity of the penalty on the type of crime and underlying circumstances. First-degree felony offenses are considered the most serious. Most people convicted of first-degree felonies face sentences of up to 20 yearsof incarceration or even life imprisonment. Second-degree offenses carry a sentence of between 5 to 10 yearsof incarceration. First-time offenders of third-degree felonies often only get probation.
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