Being arrested or charged with a crime is frightening, but it is not uncommon in New Jersey. There are over 168,000 criminal cases in the state each year according to the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Uniform Crime Report. Common charges range from DUI offenses to robbery, assault, drug possession and burglary. In particular, the state of New Jersey has stiff penalties for motor vehicle operators driving under the influence, often including jail time. However, those charged with a crime like driving while intoxicated may, in fact, be innocent. Roadside tests, breathalyzers and even blood tests may be faulty or incorrectly administered, leading to false positives. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the classification of criminal offenses in New Jersey is different than most other states. Nevertheless, a qualified criminal defense attorney can investigate your case and stand up for your rights.
The Law Offices of Dennis E. Block, Esq, P.C. have successfully defended the rights of New Jersey clients for years. We have decades of experience fighting DUI charges as well as other misdemeanor and felony charges. Our staff works diligently protect our clients’ rights. We can use our experience and understanding of New Jersey law to help ensure you receive fair representation in any criminal case.
Standing up for yourself in criminal court without counsel is difficult and trying. With the vast amount of resources available to the state, it is easy to feel intimidated. This is especially true if you were recently in police custody, as you already feel vulnerable. The Law Offices of Dennis E. Block, Esq, P.C. offers immediate assistance with bail and custody hearings. We can then begin an investigation and build a customized defense strategy for you, no matter the degree of the crime. Common types of criminal charges against which we have successfully defended clients include:
- DWI/DUI. Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that may even result in felony charges. However, an experienced defense lawyer may be able to get your penalties reduced or dropped.
- Assault. Our attorneys have successfully defended clients charged with simple assault, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
- Drug Offenses. Common drug offenses include the possession, distribution and manufacture of controlled substances.
- Theft. Shoplifting, burglary and theft of a motor vehicle may be serious offenses that can result in jail time
Taking on these charges alone can be difficult. With our legal knowledge and experience, the lawyers at our law firm can advise you of your rights and help you fight the charges you face.
The state of New Jersey uses different terminology than most states when classifying criminal acts. An offense that would be considered a felony or misdemeanor elsewhere is, in New Jersey, considered an “indictable offense” or crime of a certain degree. Each crime is categorized by four degree classes, which are:
- First degree crimes include violent accusations including vehicular manslaughter, assault, armed robbery & drug distribution. If found guilty first degree criminal offenses, you may face 10 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $200,000.
- Second degree crimes are shoplifting, robbery and aggravated assault. A conviction is punishable by five to 10 years in prison and fines up to $150,000.
- Third degree crimes include gun charges, theft and possession of narcotics. These if found guilty of these offenses, you may face 3 – 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
- Fourth degree crimes include lewdness, distribution of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting with a value of at least $200 but less than $500, and aggravated assault without a deadly weapon. A conviction for any of these crimes is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The New Jersey criminal code defines certain minor offenses as “criminal mischief,” which can still carry penalties like fines and jail time. These crimes are generally property crimes, like trespassing and vandalism.
Defending the accused in criminal cases is one of attorney Dennis E. Block’s passions. Whatever the charges, call us immediately if you or a family member has been accused of a crime. Our skilled attorney’s strong background in criminal defense, including drunk driving offenses, will help you prepare for the considerable resources of the prosecution.
For a free initial consultation with one of our criminal attorneys, call us today at (856)-340-4540 or contact us online today.