Mount Laurel Violent Crimes Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer John B. Brennan Represents Clients Facing Serious Violent Crimes Charges in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout New Jersey
All crimes are treated seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors, but violent crimes such as aggravated assault, sexual assault, and homicide are some of the most vigorously prosecuted criminal offenses and carry the harshest penalties in the event of conviction. When you are being investigated or prosecuted for a violent crime, you can expect that the criminal justice system will bring all its resources to bear to try to secure your conviction. That is why you need an experienced Mount Laurel violent crimes lawyer who knows how the criminal justice system works in New Jersey and can build a strong, effective legal defense strategy in your case.
For more than three decades, I’ve worked in the criminal justice system, including 25 years spent as a prosecutor, so I’ve seen criminal cases from both sides. With my background on the prosecution side, I know how cases and arguments are built by prosecutors, so I know how to challenge those cases. I can identify the weaknesses in the state’s case, including biased or credibility-lacking witnesses, systemic racial bias that may have impacted the investigation, or physical evidence that was seized from you in violation of your civil and constitutional rights. I will work hard to get your charges reduced or dismissed outright.
Facing Charges For A Violent Crime And Have Questions? I Can Help, Tell Me What Happened.
I know that facing a charge of a violent crime is one of the most critical events you will have to go through in your life. That is why I offer a free initial consultation to discuss with you your legal rights and options and to give you an honest assessment about your case and how I may be able to help you secure the best possible outcome to your charges. I also promptly return all calls and emails so that you always stay up-to-date on the progress of your case.
The Law Office of John B. Brennan Handles All Types of Violent Crimes Cases
A violent act against another person, or even the threat of violence, may lead to a charge of a violent crime. Violent crimes are the most serious offenses under the law, with a conviction having the potential to alter the rest of your life. Let me use my more than 30 years of legal experience to assist you if you are facing charges of violent crimes such as:
- Murder 2C:11-3
- Manslaughter 2C:11-4
- Attempted murder
- Aggravated assault 2C:12-1
- Armed robbery 2C:15-1
- Kidnapping 2C:13-1
- Aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault 2C:14-2
- Vehicular homicide 2C:11-5.3
Being convicted for a violent crime has the potential to put you in prison for years or decades, or potentially even the rest of your life. Don’t leave your future to chance; contact me to get a dedicated criminal defense attorney on your side who will fight for your freedom and future.
Results-Focused Mount Laurel Violent Crimes Lawyer John B. Brennan Develops Effective Legal Strategies for Clients Accused of Violent Crimes
A strong, tailored legal defense is critical to any violent crimes case. In my experience I’ve seen how every criminal case is unique. That is why I always comprehensively review the evidence to identify potentially effective defense strategies that can challenge witnesses, exclude evidence, and test the sufficiency of the state’s case. Depending on the facts and circumstances, you may also be entitled to legal defenses against a violent crimes charge, such as:
- Self-defense, or you employed force to prevent what you reasonably believed was imminent serious bodily injury or death to you or someone else, after you made a reasonable attempt to retreat from the situation or had no reasonable opportunity to retreat
- You employed force upon an intruder into your home (also known as “castle doctrine”)
- You were not the perpetrator, either due to mistaken identity by eyewitnesses, or you have a solid alibi to account for your whereabouts someone other than the crime scene
- You lacked the mental capacity at the time of the offense to form the necessary criminal intent, such as due to the effects of drugs or alcohol, or an extreme emotional response due to some provoking event
You can trust that I will leave no stone unturned to find all available exculpatory evidence and to challenge the admissibility and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence to get you the best possible outcome in your charges.
Contact a Dedicated Mount Laurel Violent Crimes Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free, Confidential Consultation
Violent crimes are the most aggressively prosecuted criminal offenses, and a conviction carries the harshest penalties available under the law. If you or a loved one are facing charges for a violent crime, you need a highly experienced Mount Laurel violent crimes lawyer to protect your rights, freedom, and future. Contact me to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and learn more about how I may be able to assist you in facing your charges and securing a favorable outcome in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions about Violent Crimes in New Jersey
The potential prison sentence and fines you may face in the event you are convicted of a violent crime will depend on the grading of your offense. Many violent crimes are graded as either a second-degree crime, which carries a sentence of five to 10 years as a fine of up to $150,000, or as a first-degree crime which carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years (and up to life for crimes like murder) along with a fine of up to $200,000. In addition, most violent crime convictions will require you to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before you will be eligible for parole.
While both murder and manslaughter involve homicide, the charge of murder is imposed when the defendant is alleged to have acted “purposely” or “knowingly’ in causing the victim’s death. Conversely, manslaughter is charged when the defendant acts recklessly in causing the victim’s death (or consciously disregarding a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death) or commits a homicide that would normally be charged as murder but the defendant acted in the “heat of passion” due to a “reasonable provocation”.