If you have been brought up on felony criminal charges, then it’s important that you have competent legal counsel to protect your rights. If you are accused of a crime in New Jersey, you are innocent until proven guilty. An experienced felony criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights throughout the legal process.
There are countless New Jersey felony criminal offenses and they are divided into four classes. 1st-degree felony offenses are major offenses like murder and rape. 4th-degree felony offenses are crimes like DUI and stalking. 2nd and 3rd-degree felonies are crimes like robbery, theft, and burglary. The recently passed Graves Act makes possession of a firearm by a felon a 1st-degree felony in New Jersey.
Every case is different, but every criminal offense has essential elements. Robbery has two essential elements. A theft needs to occur and a threat or act of violence needs to be perpetrated. Without a threat, then the offense may just be theft. Likewise, burglary requires that someone enter premises without permission to commit an offense like theft. If someone has permission to enter the premises then there is no burglary. These are nuances of the law that a knowledgeable felony criminal defense lawyer knows.
With the recent passage of the Graves Act, felons who possess a firearm can receive a life sentence. If you have been arrested for this offense, you need to have an attorney who will stand up for your rights. If your criminal defense lawyer finds that your civil rights were violated in a search or you didn’t meet the legal definition of possession when the police arrested you, then your attorney can fight your detention.
The wheels of justice can move fast in the early stages of a case and can roll right over your rights if you don’t have legal counsel to advise you and ensure that your rights are respected. Often times, the initial evidence collected is what leads to a conviction. If arrested, it’s important to get a lawyer involved as early as possible and to abstain from any police questioning without a lawyer present.
Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier is a leading felony criminal defense law firm serving New Jersey felony criminal defendants. We have the expertise and experience to help protect your rights and ensure that justice prevails. If you’ve been arrested or are under investigation for a felony criminal offense in New Jersey, contact our felony criminal defense attorneys. We help protect your legal rights.