Homicide Defense Lawyers Keansburg NJ | Hazlet | Monmouth County
Aggressive Criminal Lawyers Defend Clients throughout NJ Facing Homicide Charges
While the death penalty is no longer a consequence in New Jersey, make no mistake about it: the life-changing penalties you will be facing if you are convicted of homicide or murder are extremely severe. Regardless of the circumstances that led to you or someone you love being charged with homicide in Central Jersey, you need a knowledgeable, battle-tested criminal defense lawyer who will leave no stone unturned as they fight for your freedom.
Contact the successful criminal defense team at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. Our lawyers have been working tirelessly to defend clients charged with serious violent crimes in Middlesex and Monmouth counties for more than 40 years. Don’t make the mistake of hiring just any attorney to protect you; contact a legal team that will put your case first. If you are hospitalized or in jail, we will come to you. Call our office today for a consultation about your charges.
Facing Murder Charges in New Jersey? Hire a Battle-Tested Criminal Defense Lawyer
Serious crimes require serious legal representation. That’s why the first thing you need to do when you find yourself facing the potential of a lifetime behind bars without the possibility of parole is to contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. With two offices, one in Hazlet and the other in East Brunswick, we will be right where you need us to be — for advice and sound legal representation against your homicide, murder or manslaughter charges.
- NJ’s murder statute (2C:11-3) says homicide is considered murder when the person charged with the crime purposely and knowingly caused someone’s death.
- Additionally, if you caused serious bodily injury to another person, and it resulted in death, that is also considered murder.
- If someone is killed during the commission of a violent crime such as a rape, arson, kidnapping or robbery, the defendant can be charged with murder.
- If a person is fleeing the scene of a crime, but takes action that results in someone’s death, they can be charged with a lesser crime (N.J. 2C:11-4) known as manslaughter.
A Murder Conviction in New Jersey Results in the Harshest of Penalties: Life in Prison
If you are convicted of murder in the 1st Degree, you face a sentence of 30 years in prison with no possibility for parole. The judge also has the discretion to sentence a convicted murderer to any number of years in prison — between 30 and life — with no eligibility for parole until 30 years behind bars have been served.
Additionally, there are a host of circumstances where the convicted felon will lose their freedom for life. These include:
- If the victim was under age 14
- If this is the second time the defendant has been convicted of murder
- If the murder can be described as “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, or an aggravated assault to the victim”
- If the victim was a law enforcement officer of other public official performing public duties at the time of the murder or if the victim was killed because he or she was a cop or public servant
- If the defendant put multiple people at grave risk of death
- If the defendant was paid to commit the crime
- If the murder was committed in conjunction with, or just after, committing a terroristic act
How Rudnick Lawyers Will Fight for Your Freedom When You are Facing Murder Charges
If you are facing murder charges in Monmouth or Middlesex counties or anywhere in New Jersey, it’s important that you understand the severity of your situation. If convicted, your life, as you know it, will never be the same. You owe it to yourself and your family to hire a defense team who will fight exhaustively for your freedom.
At Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, we will thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case. We will review all evidence against you in an effort to discredit each piece. Additionally, we will interview every witness and question their credibility at every turn. We will mount a defense on your behalf that we believe has the best chance of getting you acquitted of your murder charges.
Of course, if you have an alibi, we will make sure this information is known and verified. Also, there are several defense strategies we may employ, including:
- You were protecting others
- You were defending yourself
- You were defending your property
- You are a victim of domestic violence and were defending yourself or your children
- Insanity or diminished capacity
We can also seek to have your charges downgraded. For example, perhaps you did commit the act, but you didn’t do so knowingly or you were coerced by another person. These strategies may convince the state to pursue lesser charges with less severe penalties. We can also attempt to negotiate a plea bargain on your behalf.
Rely on a Knowledgeable NJ Criminal Defense Attorney to Fight Your Murder Charges
When your freedom is on the line, you can’t trust your future to just “any” lawyer. At Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, you can rest assured that our attorneys are battle-tested and ready to fight for you. We know how to investigate and prepare for murder and homicide trials. We know you are putting your life in our hands and we take that responsibility extremely seriously. No legal team in New Jersey will fight harder for you.
For more than 40 years, we’ve been protecting legal rights and fighting serious violent criminal charges for clients in Hazlet and East Brunswick and the surrounding NJ communities. Contact us today for a free consultation about your charges. We will come to meet with you in jail or in a hospital when necessary. The important thing is to make the call right away. Allow us to get started doing what we do best: protecting you against your criminal charges.