Mandatory Minimum Sentences In New Jersey
Certain crimes in New Jersey are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences. Examples include violent crimes, certain gun crimes and official misconduct by a public official. As a result, it is extremely important to seek legal advice if you are contacted by police.
At the law firm of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC, our attorneys represent people who are charged with crimes in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties in New Jersey. We have offices in East Brunswick and Hazlet. No matter what charges you face, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
No Early Release Act
In New Jersey, the No Early Release Act (NERA) applies to all violent crimes, which are defined as crimes that cause death or serious bodily injury. If you are convicted, you are required to serve 85 percent of your sentence before you are eligible for release.
Examples of crimes that can be charged under NERA include:
Gun Crimes And The Graves Act
Under the Graves Act, a number of gun crimes can result in prison sentences with no eligibility for parole. Those crimes include:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
- Possession of a defaced firearm
- Possession of a firearm in the committing of a drug crime
- Possession of certain weapons by a person previously convicted of a gun crime
- Manufacture, transport or distribution of a machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or assault firearm
- Defacement of a firearm
Official Misconduct And Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences
Official misconduct by a public official is a very serious crime in New Jersey. For example, a theft crime that would result in probation for a private citizen could result in a lengthy prison sentence with no possibility for early parole for a public official.
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The sooner you contact our defense lawyers, the sooner we can take steps to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences you face. Contact us today to talk to a lawyer about your case.