Felony Murder Charges
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If you have been charged with felony murder, you have been charged with the most serious crime under New Jersey law – a First Degree crime. In 2007, the State of New Jersey abolished the death penalty, however, if you are convicted of felony murder, you could face life imprisonment and other stiff penalties. Don’t delay – call 732-303-7857 for a free consultation with Clark, Clark & Noonan, LLC. today.
Felony Murder Charges
You can be charged with more than one crime if the victim was killed while committing any other crime. Multiple crimes can be charged separately and incur their own penalties.
If the homicide (killing of a human) took place in conjunction with a felony crime, such as robbery, burglary, a sex crime, sodomy, arson, carjacking, etc., you can be charged with felony murder. Felony murder is always a First Degree crime (there are other types of murder charges in the Second Degree.)
This means if a someone was engaged in the commission of felony crime, or attempting to commit a crime, or fleeing after or while attempting to commit a crime, they can be charged with First Degree Felony Murder.
Murder vs. Felony Murder Charges
Under New Jersey state law 2C: 11-3, murder is defined as when the person committing the act “purposely causes death or serious bodily injury resulting in death.” Understanding this definition is important, because in order to convict a defendant on murder charges, the prosecution must prove that the defendant intended to kill the victim.
In felony murder cases, the prosecution does not need to prove intent if a murder takes place during the commission of a crime, the attempt to commit a crime, or while the defendant was fleeing a crime.
If you are convicted of felony murder, in addition to receiving a prison sentence, you could be fined up to $200,000 and ordered to pay restitution to cover funeral or possibly other expenses on behalf of the victim.
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For a combined 25 years, the criminal defense attorneys of Clark, Clark & Noonan, LLC. were both prosecutors. Their knowledge of the system and experience means that they can give you an immediate and accurate answer regarding the penalties you are facing, your best legal defense to the charge, how to respond to the police or the prosecutor’s office and, most importantly, exactly what you need to do next.
The stakes in every criminal case are high. No matter how the evidence seems to stack up, we believe there is always a defense worth pursuing. Please contact Clark, Clark & Noonan, LLC. online or call 732-303-7857 for a free consultation. Our office is based in Jersey City, and we serve clients in Newark and many other communities throughout New Jersey.