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Violent Crimes in New Jersey

Violent crimes are the most severe types of criminal acts in New Jersey. If you have been charged, you need the experience of Rosenberg | Perry & Associates to defend your case.

A violent crime occurs when one person harms or threatens to harm another person. In New Jersey, non-violent crimes are all crimes punishable by jail time that do not threaten to or actually involve bodily injury.

There are many different types of violent crimes, including assault, robbery, manslaughter and murder. If you are accused of having committed a violent crime, you could be facing decades of jail time, public stigma, a tarnished reputation and loss of current and future employment. As criminal trial lawyers, the Rosenberg | Perry & Associates team is ready to advocate and fight for you to get the best result under the circumstances. Whether that is negotiating a plea, getting a dismissal of your charges or going to trial, your legal team will be relentless in your fight.


There are two types of assault in New Jersey: simple and aggravated. Each is classified by the type of injury the victim sustained. Simple assault can include harming someone in self-defense, negligence with a deadly weapon that causes injury, or an unsuccessful attempt to harm another person. Aggravated assault typically involves harming another person on purpose. Causing bodily harm using a motor vehicle — assault by auto — is also an assault crime in N.J. These can include leaving the scene of an accident and DUI charges on school property.


Robbery is a theft crime that involves stealing something and threatening to or actually harming a person in the process. Carjacking and armed robbery are two of the most common types of robbery. Robbery is a serious crime in New Jersey and any person convicted of robbery is subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which states the person must serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

Domestic Violence

A crime that occurs between two household members or romantic partners is called domestic violence. Domestic violence can include any number of crimes or offenses, such as sex crimes, harassment, simple assault, kidnapping, trespassing, criminal mischief and homicide. In New Jersey, domestic violence assault charges are very serious and carry a variety of penalties including compensation to the victim, restraining orders, custody of pets and children, and take away your right to own or purchase firearms.

Death by Auto

Cars, trucks and other motor vehicles are deadly weapons and should be used with caution. Those who cause a crash that results in death could be charged with vehicular homicide if they were driving recklessly. Reckless driving can include driving while intoxicated, sleep deprivation and speeding. Vehicular homicide carries a five year prison sentence, at minimum. Working with a vehicular assault defense lawyer can help lower your prison sentence or prove your innocence.


Manslaughter occurs when reckless behavior leads to accidental death. Depending on the case, manslaughter charges can incur the penalties for first degree or second degree crimes. First degree aggravated manslaughter — the most serious type of manslaughter charge — can lead to up to 30 years in prison.

Murder & Homicide

Whether planned or unplanned, killing someone else is a first-degree crime in New Jersey. Additionally, a person can be charged with felony murder if they accidentally kill someone while committing another crime like robbery or sexual assault. You may also face homicide charges if you seriously injure someone and they later die due to their injuries. In a homicide case, there is no substitute for hiring your own murder lawyer to defend you. First-degree murder carries with it a potential penalty of 30 years to life in prison, with 30 years to be served without the eligibility for parole.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been accused of these or any other violent crimes, Rosenberg | Perry & Associates would like to represent and vigorously advocate for you in a court of law.

Our attorneys are not only certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as criminal trial lawyers, but are also former county prosecutors. We understand the opposition’s perspective and use this knowledge to craft a winning defense.

Our compassionate team understands what defendants and their families are going through once they are charged with a violent crime. We empathize with our clients and understand that the process is confusing, scary, and often unfair.

The Rosenberg | Perry & Associates team will work diligently to represent your best interest in and out of court. Let’s begin our work together during a free consultation — just call (609) 216-7400 to schedule an appointment.

Additional Violent Crime Resources:

Assault Crimes in New Jersey

New Jersey law defines an assault charge by the injury sustained by the victim. There are two (2) versions of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple Assault is a Disorderly Persons Offense, which carries up to 6 months in jail as a penalty. Aggravated Assault can be either a second, third, or fourth-degree charge. If you have been charged with…

Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey

What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is commonly viewed as physical abuse committed by someone with whom the perpetrator has either currently or previously been in a relationship with, such as a spouse or former spouse, or parties who either presently have a child together or are expecting one. New Jersey law, as detailed in the Prevention of Domestic Violence…

Vehicular Homicide

In New Jersey, vehicular homicide is a criminal charge from causing death by driving a vehicle recklessly. Recklessness can be established from a number of factors including: Excessive speeding Sleep deprivation Intoxication If reckless, distracted driving results in vehicular homicide, drivers could face prison time equivalent to the criminal penalties set in New Jersey. To convict someone of vehicular homicide,…

Manslaughter Charges & Penalties in New Jersey

Manslaughter vs. Murder If a person kills another person it is commonly called a homicide. Murder and manslaughter are both considered instances of homicide. The primary difference is that manslaughter does not involve a prior intent to kill, and first-degree murder does. Because first-degree murder is premeditated, it is the most serious instance of homicide. If a person committing a felony or fleeing…

Murder & Homicide Charges

Three Categories of Homicide If a person kills someone else, it is usually referred to as a homicide, regardless of the intent and circumstances surrounding the situation. That does not mean that every homicide results in criminal charges. For example, certain instances of self-defense or homicide as a result of an accident may not warrant charges. If the homicide was…

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