Homicide, Kidnapping and Violent Crime
Have you been charged with a homicide, kidnapping or a violent crime in New Jersey? If so you need a tough and experienced criminal defense attorney. James R. Wronko has practiced criminal law for 28 years. He is a former N. J. Deputy Attorney General (state Prosecutor with the Division of Criminal Justice) and former County Assistant Prosecutor. He represents people throughout New Jersey who face a variety of criminal charges.
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What is a criminal homicide?
Under New Jersey Law, Criminal Homicide encompasses murder, aggravated manslaughter, manslaughter, and vehicular homicide. While these crimes vary greatly in severity, they are all serious offenses. A person facing accusations or charged of any type of criminal homicide should contact an attorney IMMEDIATELY. At Wronko Loewen Benucci, our attorneys have the expertise to handle complex criminal laws, including homicide.
Murder occurs when a person knowingly or purposely causes death or serious bodily injury resulting in the death of another.
Felony Murder occurs when a person causes the death of another during the commission of certain violent crimes, including:
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal Escape
Murder is the most serious homicide offense, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison. A mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole may apply to murders committed under certain aggravating circumstances. In addition, New Jersey still has the death penalty for cretain murders.
Aggravated manslaughter is also a serious homicide crime. It occurs when a person causes the death of another under circumstances showing reckless indifference to human life or when a person causes the death of another while resisting arrest. Aggravated manslaughter carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison.
Less serious is the crime of manslaughter. It occurs when a person recklessly causes the death of another. It can also occur when a person intentionally causes the death of another in the heat of passion following sufficient provocation. A classic example of sufficient provocation would be a person catching his or her spouse in the act of adultery. Manslaughter carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison.
Vehicular homicide occurs when a person causes the death of another while being under the influence of alcohol or marijuana or recklessly operating a car or other vehicle. It carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison. If, however, a person causes a death while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and within a 1,000 feet of a school, that person may face a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Next to murder, kidnapping is among the most serious crimes under New Jersey Criminal Law. Kidnapping occurs when a person removes or confines another to:
- Hold as hostage
- Facilitate the commission of another crime
- Interfere with government function
- Permanently deprive a parent or legal guardian of custody over the victim
Kidnapping carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison. If, however, the victim is under the age of 16 and suffers a sexual assault during the kidnapping or is delivered to another for pecuniary gain, it carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and implicates Megan’s Law.
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Wronko Loewen Benucci, Attorneys at Law
Phone: (908) 704-9200
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Somerville, NJ 08876
1130 Route 202 South
Raritan, NJ 08869
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Succasunna, NJ 07876