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The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

Morris County

NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers


Our team of skilled attorneys includes former County and Municipal Prosecutors with over 100 years combined experience and is available to assist you immediately.

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Third Degree Felony

Morris County Criminal Defense Attorneys

What are the Penalties for a Third Degree Felony in NJ?

A Third Degree Crime is an indictable (felony) offense, that can result in a significant term of imprisonment and substantial fines. If the State is able to obtain a conviction for a crime of the Third Degree, the Defendant is generally protected by something called a presumption of non-incarceration. This presumption means that, absent specific statutory language or aggravating factors, a person convicted of a Third Degree Crime will likely not face a term of imprisonment for a first offense. There is no guarantee that a presumption of non-incarceration will keep a Defendant out of jail, making it crucial that a person facing Third Degree criminal charges hires an experienced criminal defense attorney. Some of the most common third degree felonies issued in Morris County, New Jersey is heroin possession, cocaine distribution, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, eluding, burglary and receiving stolen property. If you or a loved one has been charged with any criminal offense in Morris County, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. Our team of eight Morris County criminal defense lawyers have the skill set and knowledge to successfully protect your rights. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with any one of the eight criminal defense lawyers on staff, please contact our Morristown office at 973.309.7050.

What are the Penalties for a Crime of the Third Degree in NJ?

A crime of the third degree is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years and a maximum fine of $15,000. A conviction of a crime of the 3rd degree also goes on the Defendant’s criminal record, meaning that it will appear on a background check.

What are Considered Third Degree Felonies in NJ?

Some of the most common 3rd degree felonies charged in Morris County, in towns like Madison, Rockaway, Roxbury, Parsippany, Montville, Morristown, Denville, Dover and Boonton include certain Assault offenses, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Terroristic Threats. These crimes  are handled at the county Superior Courthouse, which is located in Morristown, because they are classified as “indictable offenses”. With that being said, sometimes an experienced Morris County criminal defense attorney can convince the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to remand the charges back down to the local Municipal Court. If they are successfully, the charges will no longer be considered felonies and the chances of incarceration are drastically reduced.

Parsippany New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall is comprised of eight Morris County, New Jersey criminal defense lawyers. We have over 100 years of cumulative experience on staff, including years of prior prosecuting experience. If you or a loved one has been charged with distributing heroin, possession cocaine, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact or any other criminal offense for that matter, we can help. To schedule a free consultation today, please contact our Morristown Office at 973.309.7050. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help assist in anyway possible.