Most Serious Offenses
In New Jersey, crimes are not considered as felonies and misdemeanors. Crimes are classified in three categories, indictable crimes, disorderly person offenses, and petty disorderly person offenses.
The indictable offense in New Jersey is the equivalent of a felony in other states, because the sentence for any indictable offense is at least one year in prison.
Disorderly person offenses and petty disorderly person offenses are the equivalent of misdemeanors in other states. For more information on those crimes, see our page in Municipal Court.
Indictable crimes in New Jersey are classified by degrees, from first which is the highest through fourth which is the lowest.
“Indictable” means that a grand jury must review the case and find that there is enough evidence to support a formal charge and require the defendant to stand trial for the crime.
First degree crimes in New Jersey include murder, manslaughter, and rape.
Second degree crimes include sex crimes, aggravated arson, burglary, kidnapping, white collar crimes, and drug crimes.
Third degree crimes can include arson, some robbery offenses, possession of controlled substances/drugs.
Fourth degree crimes include stalking, some theft offenses and drug offenses.
No matter what class of crime you have been charged with; you need a lawyer to help protect your rights, guide you through the process and but the State on notice that you are going to fight to protect your freedom.
Call Warren-Wentz today at 856-494-6930.