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Changes in NJ Manslaughter Penalties

Changes in NJ Manslaughter Penalties

The Assembly Judiciary Committee has approved changes in the penalty for “heat of passion” manslaughter. If this bill becomes a law, homicide in the heat of passion would be upgraded from a second-degree offense to a first-degree offense. Although the judge would have discretion to sentence those convicted as second-degree offenders, this would pose a serious change in consequences to those convicted of homicide in the heat of passion. If this bill becomes a law, the penalty for those convicted under this offense would increase from a prison sentence of 5-10 years to 10 to 30 years and the fine would increase from a $150,000 maximum to a $200,000 maximum. If you are facing homicide charges, you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information on homicide, heat of passion manslaughter or other criminal law matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.

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