Justification in New Jersey Criminal Cases
Passaic County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout New Jersey, including in Paterson, Clifton, Totowa, Wayne, and Passaic County, who have been charged with criminal offenses such as kidnapping, burglary, harassment, and aggravated assault.
She has successfully handled countless cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). She is a former domestic violence prosecutor and special deputy attorney general. During the course of her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, she handled cases ranging from Homicide (murder) and aggravated assault to robbery and weapons offenses. She has handled a number of cases in which the defense of insanity was raised at the time of trial. Now she is fighting for you.
Alissa D. Hascup is a battle-tested criminal defense lawyer who will attack the criminal charges against you and raise the defenses necessary for you to secure a win at trial. Contact her office anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.
Defense of Justification in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:3-1 and 2C:3-2
Defenses – Justification. N.J.S.A. 2C:3-1 provides:
a. In any prosecution based on conduct which is justifiable under Chapter 3 of the Code, justification is an affirmative defense.
b. The fact that conduct is justifiable under Chapter 3 of the Code does not abolish or impair any remedy for such conduct which is available in any civil action.
Defenses – Necessities and Other Justifications In General. N.J.S.A. 2C:3-2 provides:
a. Necessity. Conduct which would otherwise be an offense is justifiable by reason of necessity to the extent permitted by law and as to which neither the code nor other statutory law defining the offense provides exceptions or defenses dealing with the specific situation involved and a legislative purpose to exclude the justification claimed does not otherwise plainly appear.
b. Other justifications in general. Conduct which would otherwise be an offense is justifiable by reason of any defense of justification provided by law for which neither the Code nor other statutory law defining the offense provides exceptions or defense dealing with the specific situation involved and a legislative purpose to exclude the justification claimed does not otherwise plainly appear.
Ms. Hascup fully understands the nuances of the law and the defenses that can be raised to fight certain charges. She will use her knowledge and experience to your advantage.
Contact a Clifton NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one have been charged with a criminal offense as a result of a domestic violence or other related incident in which the actor was acting in defense of personal property, there may be a valid defense. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation – protect your rights. Contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your case.