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Homicide and Kidnapping in New Jersey

What is 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 charges of any type of criminal homicide should contact an attorney immediately.  At Arseneault & Fassett, LLP, our attorneys have the expertise to handle complex criminal laws, including homicide.

Murder

Murder occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally kills another or kills another during the commission of certain violent crimes, including:

  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Carjacking
  • Criminal escape
  • Terrorism

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.

Manslaughter

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

Vehicular homicide occurs when a person causes the death of another while 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 1,000 feet of a school, that person may face a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Kidnapping

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 a hostage
  • Facilitate the commission of another crime
  • Terrorize
  • 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.

New Jersey criminal lawyers representing people accused of serious crimes

Criminal homicide and kidnapping are serious crimes under New Jersey federal criminal laws.  Defending against such charges can be a difficult task.  A New Jersey federal criminal defense lawyer at Arseneault & Fassett, LLP knows how to defend clients against these most heinous of charges.  Our attorneys remain current on the latest developments in federal criminal laws in New Jersey and are prepared to fight for the rights and reputations of our clients.

Contact Arseneault & Fassett, LLP

The law firm of Arseneault & Fassett, LLP in Chatham, New Jersey has experience defending against serious state and federal criminal charges.  We have nearly 100 years of combined experience defending clients in the New York tri-state area.  Call our office at 973-635-3366 or contact us online today for a free consultation.