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Penalties For Criminal Offenses In NJ

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Who Will Defend Your Rights And Freedom

The New Jersey criminal code defines crimes and divides them into categories based on the seriousness of the charge and the severity of the potential penalties:

  • Indictable offenses are heard in Superior Court, with penalties that include potential prison time.
  • Disorderly persons offenses, petty disorderly persons offenses, traffic offenses and municipal ordinance offenses are heard in Municipal Court, with a wide range of potential penalties.

Regardless of the nature of the particular offense, if you are charged with a crime or offense, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC, to schedule a free consultation.

Criminal Charges And Offenses In New Jersey

Offense Examples of Offenses Potential Punishment Time Required Before Expungement
Indictable Offenses
First Degree Murder, rape, armed robbery 10-20 years in prison Not expungeable
Second Degree Aggravated assault, drug trafficking, unarmed robbery 5-10 years in prison 10 years from date of completion of supervision
Third Degree Burglary, assault, theft, shoplifting 3-5 years in prison 10 years from date of completion of supervision
Fourth Degree Some drug charges, shoplifting Up to 18 months in prison 10 years from date of completion of supervision
Disorderly Persons Offenses Marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, trespassing, theft of services Up to 6 months in jail, up to $1,000 fine, possible loss of driver’s license 5 years following conviction or completion of supervision, whichever is later
Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses Harassment, fighting Up to 30 days in jail, up to $500 fine 5 years following conviction or completion of supervision, whichever is later
Traffic Offenses DUI, speeding, driving under suspension Fines, points on driving record.DUI: Suspension of driver’s license, fine, points, possible jail sentence Not applicable
Municipal Ordinance Violations Dumping trash, underage drinking, open container, excessive noise Fines, community service 2 years from completion of supervision

Contact An Experienced Monmouth, Middlesex, & Ocean County Criminal Attorney

To learn more about possible defense strategies in your case, contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC, for a free consultation with an experienced criminal offense attorney.

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