Defense For Violent Crime Charges
Penalties for violent crimes are severe and necessitate a well-organized and robust defense. I am attorney Mark A. Bailey, and I have over a decade’s experience defending clients against violent crime charges. There are several classifications of violent crimes, and if you are charged with one, it is in your best interest to have a lawyer who knows how to advocate for a lesser sentence.
If you have been charged with a violent crime, call me at 973-854-9478.
Degrees Of Homicide
First-degree murder is done with intent, either by planning and then committing the killing or killing someone in the act of committing another felony such as:
- Burglary or robbery
It carries a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life without parole.
Second-degree murder is a lesser charge of homicide that is:
- Not planned, but done in the act of causing great harm
- A dangerous action stemming from disregard for human life
It carries a minimum of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison.
This lesser murder charge is based on the irresponsibility of an action that leads to another person’s death. The penalty is 10 to 30 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
Since trial litigation is a primary focus of the law practice I founded, The Bailey Firm in Newark and New Brunswick, I assure you that I know how to fight for acquittal or reduced charges for my clients. In addition to homicide, assault charges carry grave consequences.
While simple assault is a misdemeanor, aggravated assault is a felony that comes with more penalties. It is the attempted or completed assault of someone with a deadly weapon. The penalty is five to 10 years with a $150,000 fine.
The #metoo movement has shed light on the crime of sexual assault in the legal arena as well as society at large. Aggravated sexual assault, the formal charge for rape in the New Jersey legal system, is a first-degree felony and can result in up to a 20-year prison sentence. If you have been accused of rape, you could be facing serious charges and prison time. Call my office for help.