Defending clients in NJ against murder and homicide charges

The most serious crime for a person to be charged with is murder. If you are charged with homicide in New Jersey, it does not mean that all hope is lost. Depending on your particular case, there are a number of defenses and loopholes that may apply resulting in the charges being downgraded to a manslaughter charge or an outright acquittal of your murder charge. Each circumstance is different and each murder case specifically is governed by the discovery in your particular case.

Consequences of a murder charge in New Jersey

A charge of murder in the first degree constitutes no less than 30 years to life. First degree murder with aggravated circumstances is life without parole. Although you may be charged with homicide, there are a number of factors that lead to a person’s charge. For instance, in New Jersey, a person is charged with murder if they purposely killed someone. Purpose is a state of mind and often difficult to prove. It’s just one potential defense when an individual is charged with murder.
Felony murder is a little different. Felony murder is a misunderstood term. It is treated in New Jersey exactly the same as a premeditated or first degree murder. The penalty is life in prison. If you are charged with felony murder, oftentimes it’s a case that is easier for the court to prove. If a criminal defendant is charged with felony murder in a case where the underlying “felony” is robbery, the court can prove that a robbery was committed and a person died as a result of that robbery. Obviously this is an easier charge to demonstrate than proving that someone went out and purposely killed someone.

Contact an attorney in New Jersey who will fight for you

When charged with murder you’re facing an enormous amount of time in prison, up to and including life in prison if convicted of your murder charge. It doesn’t have to be the end of the road and speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. is in your best interest. If you or a loved one have been charged with murder, contact one of our attorneys for a consultation. We will consider all factors of your case to arrive at the best outcome for your legal matter. We will exhaust all avenues for your defense. Call us for a consultation. Hope is not lost.