Criminal Lawyer Mt. Holly

According to recent data, the crime index in Mt. Holly is over 14% higher than the crime index for the state of New Jersey.  In 2012, Mt. Holly experienced approximate crime rates of:

  • 115 robberies per 100,000
  • 240 assaults per 100,000
  • 562 burglaries per 100,000
  • 2,375 thefts per 100,000
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Young, Marr & Associates: Mt. Holly Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with committing a crime in Mt. Holly, it can be a frightening time. Many defendants in criminal cases wonder about the punishments they may receive, the effect the case will have on their relationships with friends and family, and how they will be viewed by current or potential employers.

A criminal conviction can result in a long jail or prison sentence, costly financial damages, and other penalties.  For example, depending on the nature and severity of your offense, you may lose your driving privileges, be required to attend a counseling program, or be forced to register as a sex offender.  In the future, long after you have fulfilled the requirements of your sentencing, the record of your conviction will remain visible on your criminal history for employers and landlords to view, unless you are able to obtain an expungement.

When you are confronting criminal allegations, your finances, your freedom, and your professional reputation are all at stake.  You need a team of experienced Mt. Holly criminal defense attorneys to answer your questions, speak on your behalf, and uphold your legal rights in and out of court.  At Young, Marr & Associates, our highly qualified criminal defense lawyers have over 25 years of experience representing thousands of clients from Mt. Holly and Burlington County in cases involving charges including:

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Assault

Assault is an especially common charge in Mt. Holly.  At 146 per 100,000, the average assault rate for the state of New Jersey is only 60% of the assault rate for Mt. Holly at 240 per 100,000 by comparison.

But what constitutes assault?  Under Title 2C, Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Criminal Code (2C:12-1), assault is broken down into two major subcategories:

  • Simple Assault
  • Aggravated Assault

Simple assault is the formal term for what is commonly referred to as assault.  Chapter 12 defines simple assault as:

  • An attempt to knowingly and deliberately cause bodily injury.
  • Causing injury through recklessness or negligence.
  • Using the threat of physical violence to intimidate or cause fear.

Simple assault is classified as a DP (Disorderly Persons) offense, which is similar to a misdemeanor offense in other states.  The maximum penalty for simple assault is:

  • $1,000 fine
  • 6 months in jail

Aggravated assault is a more serious charge, distinguished from simple assault primarily by the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim, or by the deliberate and knowing use of a deadly weapon.  Simple assault on a police officer, firefighter, or judicial employee also constitutes aggravated assault, which is an indictable crime.  Maximum penalties include:

  • $150,000 fine
  • 10 years in prison

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DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

Known as DUI in other jurisdictions, DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is typically classified as a traffic violation in New Jersey.  However, despite this lesser categorization, a DWI conviction will result in jail time, expensive fines, and license suspensions.  Furthermore, if a DWI results in injury or death, the DWI becomes an indictable crime with felony status and increased penalties.

Important facts to know about DWI:

  • DWI isn’t limited to drunk driving.  Driving while impaired by drugs is also a DWI offense.
  • If your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) meets or exceeds 0.10%, the penalties increase.
  • If you are a commercial driver, the BAC threshold drops from 0.08% to 0.04%.
  • Refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test can result in consequences similar to an actual DWI.

Penalties for a New Jersey DWI with a BAC of 0.08%-0.99% include:

  • $400 fine
  • 30 days in jail
  • 3 month license suspension

If the BAC increases to 0.10% or greater, the consequences become harsher:

  • $500 fine
  • 30 days in jail
  • 7 months-1 year license suspension

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Mt. Holly has been implementing changes to the way that narcotics are handled by local law enforcement.  According to the 2012 Annual Report issued by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office,  the Mt. Holly Police Department has been working with the Gang, Gun, and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF) to target drug dealers operating near school zones, leading to arrests for crack cocaine, marijuana, and various pills.

Drug charges can pertain to matters like the transportation or cultivation of scheduled substances, but most commonly, narcotics charges involve either:

  • Simple Possession
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute

Simple possession refers to possession for personal use only.  The severity of  a simple possession offense depends upon factors like the type, schedule, and quantity of drug.   For example, under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a4, simple possession of marijuana can result in:

  • $15,000 fine
  • 18 months in prison

However, under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, the penalties are different for other drugs.  Simple possession of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy can result in:

  • $25,000 fine
  • 5 years in prison

Law And MarijuanaAs with simple possession, fines and incarceration terms for possession with intent to distribute vary depending on type and amount of substance.  Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)-(12), the penalties for intent to distribute more than one ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana include:

  • $25,000 fine
  • 5 years in prison

The fines and prison sentences for narcotics like LSD and heroin are even harsher.

If you or someone you love has been charged with committing a crime, it is not in your best interests to defend yourself against a trained prosecuting attorney.  You need the assistance of an aggressive and experienced Mt. Holly criminal defense attorney with years of legal expertise to help you.  To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Mt. Holly criminal defense lawyer, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online to get started.

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RESULTS

NO JAIL TIME

Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)

Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)

Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "S"

Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.

CASE DISMISSED

State of New Jersey v. "H"

Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.

OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.

As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.