Penalties for Criminal Offenses in New Jersey
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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.
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Criminal Charges and Offenses in New Jersey
|Offense||Examples of Offenses||Potential Punishment||Time Required Before Expungement|
|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|
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