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Fourth Degree Crime
Edison NJ Fourth Degree Crime Defense Lawyer
One of the categories of indictable criminal charges set forth in the NJ criminal code is fourth degree crimes. A fourth degree offense is a felony and results in a criminal record in the event of conviction. It also carries penalties that include a state prison term of up to 18 months. If you were charged with a fourth degree crime in Edison or anywhere else in Middlesex County, the will be heard at the Superior Court in New Brunswick (although the initial arraignment may take place in Municipal Court). Our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, defends many individuals each year arrested in Edison, New Brunswick, Metuchen, Woodbridge, East Brunswick and other towns for fourth degree crimes. You should also know that the attorneys on our staff have over a century of experience defending individuals face with a violation falling within this grade. A criminal defense lawyer on our team is available immediately to assist you by calling one of our offices. Initial consultations with an attorney are always without charge.
Term in Prison for a Fourth Degree Crime
The jail term if you are convicted of a fourth degree is 0-18 months in jail. You should also know that there are periods of parole ineligibility that may also be imposed by a court depending on the nature and circumstances of the underlying criminal charge.
Fine Amount for a Fourth Degree Crime
The standard fine is up to $10,000. This fine escalates for certain types of offenses, for example, a conviction for 4th Degree Distribution of Marijuana triggers a potential fine that can reach $25,000.
Common Examples of 4th Degree Crimes
New Jersey law sets forth many fourth degree offenses. The following are some of the more common ones:
- Shoplifting merchandise with a value of at least $200 but less than $500
- Marijuana distribution involving less than one ounce
- Aggravated Assault recklessly caused with a deadly weapon;
- Promoting Prostitution
- Violation of a Restraining Order
- Criminal Mischief involving damage greater than $500 but less than $2,000
- Possession of Prescription Drugs
- Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia
Middlesex County Fourth Degree Crime Attorneys
It is crucial that you know what your rights are before you make a potentially disastrous decision regarding your fourth degree charge. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to provide you helpful insight as to what you are up against and your best course of action for escaping a conviction. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak to a skilled criminal lawyer at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall without obligation. We have years of experience defending fourth degree cases on behalf of individuals charged in Plainsboro, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Monroe and South Brunswick. Call our East Brunswick Office now at 732-227-1200 for the time and attention you need.