Newark NJ Murder Defense Lawyer
With offices in Newark, New Jersey
Facing criminal charges is a terrifying ordeal. This is particularly true if you have been accused of an assault and threat crime like murder. Homicide is the most serious charge you can face under the NJ Criminal Code. If you are convicted of homicide (murder) in New Jersey, you are looking at a minimum of 30 years in state prison; in the worst case scenario, you could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The Tormey Law Firm is prepared to challenge the evidence against you and fight your murder charges. Travis J. Tormey founded the firm with one idea in mind: to protect the legal rights of criminal defendants in Montclair, Livingston, and everywhere else in Essex County, NJ. That’s why Mr. Tormey focuses his entire practice on criminal defense, with a particular emphasis on representing clients accused of assault and threat crimes such as aggravated assault and murder. His team of lawyers includes a former municipal and county prosecutor who is able to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you. In fact, Alissa Hascup is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor who used to prosecute homicide and murder charges for the State of New Jersey. For a free consultation with a Newark NJ murder defense lawyer, contact us directly at 201-556-1570.
Call the Tormey Law Firm
Call us today at 201-654-3464 to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
New Jersey Homicide Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, a person can be charged with criminal homicide when they purposely or knowingly cause the death of another. More specifically, homicide charges can be brought against a person who:
- Purposely caused death or serious bodily injury resulting in death
- Knowingly causes death or serious bodily injury resulting in death
- Caused the death of another person while engaged in the commission of a violent crime, including robbery, sexual assault, arson, burglary, kidnapping, carjacking, criminal escape, and terrorism
- Caused the death of another person while in flight after committing a violent crime
NJ Homicide Penalties: Life Imprisonment and Parole Ineligibility
Homicide or murder is classified as a first degree felony in New Jersey. Although first degree crimes are ordinarily punishable by a sentence of between 10 and 20 years in NJ State Prison, the NJ Criminal Code treats murder differently; if you are convicted of murder, you will face a minimum sentence of 30 years behind bars, with the possibility of life imprisonment. That means you will have to serve at least 30 years before you are even eligible for parole if you are convicted of murder in NJ.
A life sentence is mandatory if:
- The victim was a law enforcement officer and was killed while performing their official duties or was killed because of their status as a law enforcement officer
- The victim was less than 14 years old and was killed during the commission of a sexual assault
Contact a Newark Homicide Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been accused of murder, it is imperative that you act quickly. Every second that goes by without contacting a lawyer is a wasted opportunity to begin your defense. Call the Tormey Law Firm today at 201-654-3464, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our office in Newark, NJ. One of our experienced homicide lawyers will speak with you about the case and walk you through your options.