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Essex County, NJ. Criminal Defense Lawyer

 ESSEX COUNTY N.J. CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

The Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr., LLC.  908- 962-9929 represents defendants charged with any crime within the jurisdiction of  Essex County N.J. Superior Court Criminal Division, and all disorderly person charges in the municipalities within the jurisdiction of Essex County, N.J. Superior Court. The  Essex County, NJ. Veterans Courthouse is located at 50 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ. 07102.  The Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr. LLC. is located within close driving distance of the courthouse.

Essex County N.J. Superior Court Criminal Division is a busy courthouse. The most populous city in New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, is within the jurisdiction of Essex County, N.J. Superior Court's courthouse.  The General Phone number for Essex County, NJ. Superior Court is (973) 776-9300

WHAT ARE THE CRIMINAL CHARGES DEFENDED IN ESSEX COUNTY N.J. SUPERIOR CRIMINAL COURT 

Essex County N.J. Superior Criminal Court deals with all felony criminal charges located in Title 2C of the New Jersey Criminal Code.  Some of these charges are the following:

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Assault, Reckless Endangering; Threats
  • Kidnapping and Related Offenses: Coercion
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Sexual Contact
  • Robbery
  • Bias Crimes
  • Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Destruction
  • Burglary 
  • Theft above a certain amount
  • Forgery
  • Possession of Drugs, Manufacturing of Drugs or Distributing Drugs 
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WHAT DETERMINES THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS OF CRIMES IN NJ.?     

N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6 establishes the general Terms that the Essex County N.J. Superior Court Criminal Division will sentence criminal defendants convicted of a felony charge.                                                    

  • First degree for a specific term of years between 10 years and 20 years
  • Second degree for a specific term of years between 5 and 10 years
  • Third degree for a specific term of years between 3 and 5 years
  • Fourth degree for a specific term of years not to exceed 18 months.
  • Generally, a presumption of no incarceration of first offenders found guilty of Third Degree, Fourth Degree, Disorderly Person. N.J.S.A. 2C:41-1(e)

The above are general guidelines. The person should consult Legal Counsel to evaluate their case. 

 WHAT IS LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT PAROLE IN NEW JERSEY; EXTENDED TERM FOR REPEAT VIOLENT OFFENDERS?

N.J.S.A. 43-7.1 explains generally the meaning of life without Parole: A person convicted under  N.J.S.A.  11-3 (Criminal Homicide)      (Murder); subsection (a) of N.J.S.A. 11-4(a) (Aggravated manslaughter); crime of the first degree under  N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 (Kidnapping); N.J.S.A; paragraphs (3) through (6) of subsection (a) 14-2 N.J.S.A.; Aggravated Sexual Assault; and N.J.S.A. 15-1 (Robbery) are all predicate serious violent crimes which subject repeat offenders to Life Imprisonment without Parole.

The above-mentioned criminal defendants must have been convicted of two or more crimes committed on prior and separate occasions regardless of the dates of conviction under the forgoing Statute or any similar Statute in the United States. (Three Strikes Law)  Moreover, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled in State v. Samuel Ryan, (A-65-20) Decided on February 7, 2022, that defendant's prior juvenile-age conviction counts as a predicate offense under the Three Strikes Law for the purposes of enhanced sentencing of Life Imprisonment without Parole.

The term life for the purposes of the above section means the natural life of a person. Except that a defendant who is at least 70 years of age and has served 35 years in prison shall be released on parole if the full Parole Board determines that the defendant is not a danger to any other person in the community.

The above-accused crimes are among the most serious crimes in the New Jersey Criminal Code and much case law has been written regarding these crimes. Any criminal defendant charged with the above crimes should seek Legal Counsel.

CAN A CONVICTED DISORDERLY PERSON'S DEFENDANT APPEAL THE  CONVICTION TO ESSEX COUNTY NJ SUPERIOR COURT CRIMINAL DIVISION?

  The Essex County, NJ. Superior Court Criminal Division handles all appeals of disorderly person convictions for all municipalities within Essex County, NJ. . Some of the Municipalities within Essex County are the following:

  • East Orange, NJ. Municipal Court
  • West Orange, NJ. Municipal Court
  • South Orange, NJ. Municipal Court
  • Orange, NJ. Municipal Court
  • Irvington, NJ. Municipal Court
  • Montclair, N.J. Municipal Court
  • Newark, N.J. Municipal Court                                                                                                                                                                                                              

CONTACT AN ESSEX COUNTY N.J. CRIMINAL LAWYER TODAY

If you are accused of violating any crime within Essex County, NJ.; or disorderly person's offense within any of the municipalities in Essex County New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr. LLC.   Here at the Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr., LLC, we will represent you and defend you against these allegations.  Schedule a Consultation to learn more.

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The Law Firm represents clients in all New Jersey Counties and municipalities including the following counties: Union County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Hudson County, Mercer County, and Camden County.

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