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CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN UNION COUNTY N.J.

      The Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr., LLC.  represents defendants charged with all and any crimes within the jurisdiction of Union County Criminal N.J Superior Court Criminal Division. The main building for the Union County N.J. Courthouse is located at 2 Broad St., Elizabeth, N.J. 07201. Phone number (908) 787-1650. The Courthouse is very unique---17 stories neoclassical building completed in 1931.

Union County is the seventh most populous County in New Jersey and the Third densest populated County in New Jersey. Like most populous counties in NJ. many felony crimes are charged in Union County, NJ. that require effective and experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers..

WHAT FELONY CHARGES UNION COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY DEFEND IN UNION COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT 

Union 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    

WHAT DETERMINES THE SENTENCE OF A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT IN IN UNION COUNTY NJ.?     

N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6 establishes the general Terms that the Union 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, 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 CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS REQUIRE LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT PAROLE IN UNION COUNTY 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 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 RyanState v. Samuel Ryan, (A-65-20) Decided on February 7, 2022, that if the criminal defendant committed one of the above serious crimes as a juvenile that the crime still is counted for purposes of prior convictions for Life Imprisonment without Parole.

The term life for the purposes of the above section means a person's natural life. 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 CRIMINAL DEFENDANT APPEAL A DISORDERLY PERSONS CONVICTION IN MUNICIPAL COURT TO UNION COUNTY CRIMINAL DIVISION?

  The Union County Superior Court Criminal Division handles all appeals of disorderly person convictions for all municipalities within Union County, NJ. . Some of the Municipalities within Union County are the following: Cranford, NJ., Elizabeth, NJ., Hillside, NJ, Linden, NJ., Plainfield, NJ., Rahway, NJ., Union, NJ., Westfield, NJ., Roselle, NJ, Roselle Park, NJ. and Westfield, NJ.

CONTACT A UNION COUNTY N.J. CRIMINAL LAWYER TODAY

If you are accused of any crime in Union County, NJ.; or disorderly persons offense in any of the municipalities in Union 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.

Also Serving Elizabeth, Newark, Plainfield, Woodbridge & All Of New Jersey!

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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