4th Degree Felony
Fourth Degree Indictable Offense Defense Lawyer in Monmouth County
Have you been charged with a fourth degree indictable offense in Monmouth County? If so, we strongly urge that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your options. As you will see below, a fourth degree indictable offense is a very serious crime in New Jersey, one that if not handled properly handled could result in catastrophic consequences. If you have unfortunately found yourself in this type of situation in Monmouth County, the Law Office of Proetta, Oliver & Fay can help. Our office serves all of Monmouth County, including towns like Matawan, Hazlet, Middletown, Freehold, Aberdeen, Manalapan, Colts Neck, Belmar, Ocean Township and Asbury Park. To set up a free consultation today, please contact our Middletown Office at 732.858.6959.
Is a 4th Degree Indictable Offense a Felony in NJ?
“Indictable Offenses” are New Jersey’s version of a felony offenses. They are in essence broken down into four different categories: first, second, third and fourth degree. The specific crime itself (i.e. stalking, criminal sexual contact, assault by auto) and at times, the underlying facts surrounding it, will dictate what degree of an indictable offense the individual is facing. Although a fourth degree indictable offense is considered the lowest level indictable offenses in New Jersey, the potential penalties if convicted can still have a devastating impact. The potential penalties are as follows:
- 18 Months in a New Jersey State Prison
- $10,000 Fine
- Felony Criminal Record
- 5 Years Probation
- Community Service
- Court Mandated Treatment (i.e. Drug, Alcohol, Anger Management, Mental Health)
Depending on the nature of the charges, the underlying facts surrounding the incident as well as the individual’s criminal history, anyone charged with a fourth degree indictable offense may be eligible for the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI). PTI is diversionary program in New Jersey, whereby if the individual will be placed on a probationary period, usually with some special conditions and if they complete the probationary term without violating any of the conditions, the charges will be dismissed outright. For more information on the PTI program in New Jersey, please click the link.
Where do I go to Court for a Fourth Degree Felony in NJ?
Unlike disorderly persons offenses, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor, all indictable offenses must be transferred from the local municipality where the incident happened to the county superior court, which in Monmouth County, is located in Freehold. With that being said, depending on the facts, it is possible for a fourth degree indictable offense to be downgraded and remanded back to the local municipal court at either the individuals Central Judicial Processing Hearing (CJP) or at their Pre-Indictment Court (PIC). If this is to occur, the individual will no longer be facing an indictable offense, it would then be considered a disorderly persons offense. In addition, if the individual is charged with both a disorderly persons offense and an indictable offense arsing out of the same incident, all charges must be transferred to the superior court for disposition.
Some of the most common fourth degree felony offenses that we see being charged in Monmouth County include but are not limited to: Trespassing; Shoplifting; Criminal Mischief; Possession of Marijuana, Stalking; Criminal Sexual Contact and Resisting Arrest.
Need Local Lawyer for 4th Degree Felony in Monmouth County
As you can see from reading above, a fourth degree indictable offense is not something to take lightly. The potential penalties can have a crippling effect on your future. If you or a loved one has been charged with a fourth degree indictable offense like possession of marijuana over 50 grams, assault by auto, resisting arrest, shoplifting, theft by deception, criminal sexual contact or assault on a police officer, in Monmouth County, we can help. Our office fully understands what is on the line when someone is charged with a felony offense in New Jersey. If you would like to set up a consultation today, please contact our office at 732.858.6959. Our attorneys are available around the clock to help assist in anyway. We appear in courts throughout Monmouth County, including towns like West Long Branch, Keyport, Marlboro, Tinton Falls, Howell and Red Bank on a regular basis. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.