Felony Charges-Indictable Offenses
Serious criminal charges require the attention of an experienced and dedicated attorney. If you are under investigation for a crime or have been arrested, contact a criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC.
Located in Ridgewood, New Jersey, our firm offers aggressive and experienced criminal defense services for people throughout central and northern New Jersey. In addition to handling disorderly persons offenses in municipal court, we handle complex criminal matters in state and federal courts.
New Jersey law, unlike other States, breaks down criminal offenses into "Indictable Crimes" and "Disorderly Persons Offenses." Most other States refer to such criminal offenses as "Felonies" and "Misdemeanors."
What Are Indictable Crimes?
Under New Jersey law, there are 4 levels of Indictable Crimes. Most other States refer to what New Jersey calls "Indictable Crimes" as "Felonies." "Indictables" are "graded" as First Degree Crimes (the most serious), Second Degree Crimes, Third Degree Crimes and Fourth Degree Crimes (the least serious).
- A First Degree Crime is punishable by 10-20 years imprisonment
- A Second Degree Crime is punishable by 5-10 years imprisonment
- A Third Degree Crime is punishable by 3-5 years imprisonment\
- A Fourth Degree Crime is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment.
Some of the indictable offenses (referred to informally as felony charges) we handle on behalf of clients include:
- Sex crimes
- Assault/aggravated assault
- Weapons offenses
- Drug crimes
- Aggravated manslaughter
Our firm works closely with clients to understand the facts most relevant to their case and offer comprehensive criminal defense services. In many cases, using a team of outside investigative experts, we conduct our own investigation of the case to determine the best possible way to approach your case.
Attorney Joseph R. Donahue is a former prosecutor with extensive knowledge of local courts, laws, and trial procedures. As an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer, he aggressively seeks the best possible result on behalf of each client we serve.
Although our firm always considers plea agreements as a way to resolve criminal cases, we never hesitate to take a case to trial if we believe it serves our client's best interests.
We approach each case as if it may go to trial. Through a meticulous approach to case management, we have achieved many positive results on behalf of the people we serve.
Contact Our Attorney in Bergen County
Our law firm is based in Bergen County, but we practice statewide with a focus on the courts of Northern and Central New Jersey, including the Federal courts in Newark and Trenton, and the State and Municipal courts of Bergen County, Essex County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Hackensack, Paterson, Passaic, Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth, Morristown, Union City, Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, South Hackensack, Teaneck, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Washington Township, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood-Ridge and Wyckoff.
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We always strive to put our clients in the best position possible, so our immediate goal is to obtain a case dismissal or acquittal. If this cannot be done, we seek to minimize the consequences by all legal means possible, perhaps by pursuing a plea agreement, which could include alternate sentencing that improves the impact on our client’s record. Our Bergen County criminal defense attorney is a resolute advocate who never hesitates to take a case to trial if it is in the best interests of our client. No matter how complex your charges may be, we have the proven expertise and passion to help you achieve a positive outcome. Discover how we can help you today.