What is considered to be a violent crime?

Violent crimes include murder, aggravated manslaughter, manslaughter, vehicular homicide,
robbery, aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, aggravated
sexual assault, carjacking, aggravated arson, and rape. Individuals charged with violent crimes
can face very serious consequences. If you are charged with a violent crime you should seek
the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you.

What is the difference between a first-degree crime and a second degree crime?

First-degree crimes are considered to be the most serious crimes and involve more serious
consequences to those who are convicted. Individuals charged with first degree crimes can face
a minimum of 10 years in state prison with a mandatory minimum period of time before he is
eligible for parole. An individual convicted of murder can be subject to a prison term of 30 years
to life.

A second-degree crime is considered less serious than a first-degree crime. An individual
charged with a second-degree crime can face a prison sentence of 5 years to 10 years with a
mandatory period of time before he is eligible for parole.

What is the No Early Release Act?

New Jerseyโ€™s No Early Release Act requires courts to sentence individuals convicted of certain
offenses to serve 85% of their prison sentence before being eligible for parole. The No Early
Release Act, otherwise known as NERA, specifies particular offenses which require this type of
sentence.

If you or your family member has been charged with a violent crime, having an
experienced criminal defense team available to advocate on your behalf is crucial. The Rem Law Group, P.C. is here to help. Contact our firm today.