If you've been charged with homicide, armed robbery, rape or another violent crime, you are facing very serious consequences. Conviction for one of these crimes will almost certainly involve jail time and a permanent criminal record.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at the law firm of Palumbo & Renaud and a criminal defense attorney with more than 35 years of experience. If you are facing violent crime charges, you will want that kind of experience on your side. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation about your criminal defense options. I will give you an honest assessment of your chances for dismissal, reduction of charges, or an acquittal at trial.
Taking on Accusations of Violence
Crimes involving violence are among the most serious under New Jersey criminal law. These crimes include:
- Murder, homicide and manslaughter: If you are accused of killing someone, the seriousness of the charge will depend on precisely what you are accused of doing. I defend people against charges ranging from first-degree murder to vehicular manslaughter.
- Robbery and armed robbery: Robbery is the use of force or the threat of force to steal money or property. Armed robbery involves the use of a weapon. Specific types of robbery include carjacking and mugging.
- Violent sex offenses: Sexual contact can lead to criminal charges if you are accused of using force or the threat of force. Common charges include rape, date rape and sexual assault.
- Obstruction offenses
- Weapons offenses: Many offenses become more serious if a weapon is involved, including aggravated assault with a weapon and armed robbery.
The consequences of a violent crime conviction can depend on your state of mind when the alleged crime occurred. Evidence of road rage or drunkenness can lead to the belief that you had less control over your actions, and this may lead to lesser charges and less severe consequences.
Avoid Mandatory Sentencing
Under New Jersey law, some violent crimes involve mandatory sentences. If you are convicted, the judge will not have any option but to send you to prison.
I will do everything I can to avoid prison or reduce your sentence. Depending on your specific circumstances, this could involve making a deal with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to a lesser charge that does not carry a mandatory sentence.
Contact Me Now for a Free Defense Consultation
If you have been charged with a violent crime, contact me to enlist an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows how to protect your rights and freedom.