Criminal offenses in New Jersey vary in severity, and the criminal defenses to those offenses are just as varied. The experienced attorneys at Benedict and Altman represents clients who have been accused of any conceivable criminal offense.
Our attorneys defend clients against all types of criminal charges, from traffic violations in municipal court to felonies in New Jersey and federal courts. Whatever the criminal matter and wherever the venue, Benedict and Altman provides an NJ criminal defense to our clients.
Charges prosecuted in federal courts involve crimes in which the federal government has an interest, such as those that cross state lines or involve federally regulated industries. Federal courts also have jurisdiction over offenses that are committed on federal property or against federal employees.
The federal rules of procedure, rules of evidence, and sentencing guidelines differ from those in New Jersey courts. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the federal court system and guide clients through the complex system.
The most serious offenses in New Jersey, which are known as crimes or indictable offenses, are heard in the Law Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. An offense that has a maximum punishment of more than six months in jail is considered a crime.
Crimes in New Jersey are categorized by degree, with first-degree offenses being the most serious and fourth-degree offenses being the least serious. Our firm makes sure that you are well represented on these serious charges.
When a juvenile is charged with a crime, the case usually is heard in the Family Court. The Family Court focuses on more on rehabilitation than punishment. The Family Court has many options for the placement of a juvenile offender besides incarceration.
If the charge is very serious, the case may be referred to adult court, where the sentences are more severe. A juvenile defendant has all of the same rights as an adult defendant, except for a jury trial. Benedict and Altman has extensive experience representing juvenile defendants.
Municipal court offenses
New Jersey municipal courts hear disorderly persons offenses, which are offenses that carry a maximum punishment of six months in jail or less. The municipal courts also hear traffic violations, including driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Disorderly persons offenses and traffic violations usually are heard in the municipal court in which they occurred. A municipal court defendant has the same rights as a Superior Court defendant, except for a jury trial. Our attorneys defend clients in countless municipal court matters across New Jersey.
No matter the criminal offense, Benedict and Altman is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.