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Hindering Apprehension Criminal Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3
Hindering Apprehension, NJ Criminal Lawyer 2C:29-3

Law enforcement officers take their jobs very seriously. When they are trying to make an arrest, they will not take kindly to anyone who interferes with their efforts. NJ prosecutors feel the same way about hindering apprehension. They will often seek the maximum possible punishments in hindering apprehension cases. If you’ve been charged with hindering apprehension or resisting arrest in New Jersey, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

The Tormey Law Firm is a criminal defense and DWI defense team located in Morris County. Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court and Municipal Court. Our founding partner, Travis J. Tormey, is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been cited by AOL News, the Asbury Park Press, and the Morris County Daily Record in New Jersey with regard to criminal cases, including shoplifting, disorderly conduct, and sex crimes. Another one of our partners, Alissa D. Hascup, is a former Morris County Prosecutor who handled a host of domestic violence cases such as stalking and criminal sexual contact during the course of her distinguished career.

Due to our experience, the attorneys of the Tormey Law Firm understand the complexities that are involved in defending your criminal case. We know how to use our vast knowledge and experience to help you fight your criminal charges. Contact our offices anytime toll-free at 866-949-6948 for a consultation, which is provided free of charge.

Hindering Apprehension Criminal Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3

Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution of Another

a. A person commits an offense if, with purpose to hinder the detention, apprehension, investigation, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for an offense or violation of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes or a violation of chapter 33A of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes he:

(1) Harbors or conceals the other;

(2) Provides or aids in providing a weapon, money, transportation, disguise or other means of avoiding discovery or apprehension or effecting escape;

(3) Suppresses, by way of concealment or destruction, any evidence of the crime, or tampers with a witness, informant, document or other source of information, regardless of its admissibility in evidence, which might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person or in the lodging of a charge against him;

(4) Warns the other of impending discovery or apprehension, except that this paragraph does not apply to a warning given in connection with an effort to bring another into compliance with law;

(5) Prevents or obstructs, by means of force, intimidation or deception, anyone from performing an act which might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person or in the lodging of a charge against him;

(6) Aids such person to protect or expeditiously profit from an advantage derived from such crime; or

(7) Gives false information to a law enforcement officer or a civil State investigator assigned to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

An offense under paragraph (5) of subsection a. of this section is a crime of the second degree, unless the actor is a spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union, parent or child to the person aided who is the victim of the offense, in which case the offense is a crime of the fourth degree. Otherwise, the offense is a crime of the third degree if the conduct which the actor knows has been charged or is liable to be charged against the person aided would constitute a crime of the second degree or greater, unless the actor is a spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union, parent or child of the person aided, in which case the offense is a crime of the fourth degree. The offense is a crime of the fourth degree if such conduct would constitute a crime of the third degree. Otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.

Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution of Oneself

b. A person commits an offense if, with purpose to hinder his own detention, apprehension, investigation, prosecution, conviction or punishment for an offense or violation of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes or a violation of chapter 33A of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes, he:

(1) Suppresses, by way of concealment or destruction, any evidence of the crime or tampers with a document or other source of information, regardless of its admissibility in evidence, which might aid in his discovery or apprehension or in the lodging of a charge against him; or

(2) Prevents or obstructs by means of force or intimidation anyone from performing an act which might aid in his discovery or apprehension or in the lodging of a charge against him; or

(3) Prevents or obstructs by means of force, intimidation or deception any witness or informant from providing testimony or information, regardless of its admissibility, which might aid in his discovery or apprehension or in the lodging of a charge against him; or

(4) Gives false information to a law enforcement officer or a civil State investigator assigned to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

An offense under paragraph (3) of subsection b. of this section is a crime of the second degree. Otherwise, the offense is a crime of the third degree if the conduct which the actor knows has been charged or is liable to be charged against him would constitute a crime of the second degree or greater. The offense is a crime of the fourth degree if such conduct would constitute a crime of the third degree. Otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.

Hindering Apprehension Penalties in New Jersey

Under New Jersey Law, hindering apprehension can be a second degree, third degree, or disorderly persons charge, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense. A second degree charge is punishable by five (5) to 10 years in NJ State Prison, including a presumption of incarceration. This means that, even if you have no prior criminal record, a conviction can result in a mandatory prison term.

A third degree charge, on the other hand, is punishable by three (3) to five (5) years in state prison, but has a presumption of non-incarceration. This means that if you have no prior criminal history and you are convicted of a third degree crime, you might be considered a good candidate for probation. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you seek probation in your case and avoid prison time.

Finally, a disorderly persons offense can be handled in the local municipal court and is punishable by a maximum of six (6) months in the county jail. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can seek to get a potential felony charge downgraded to a disorderly persons offense.

Speak with a Mount Olive NJ Hindering Defense Attorney Today

Individuals facing the threat of investigation by police or imminent criminal charges are urged to contact the Tormey Law Firm today for a free consultation with our respected New Jersey criminal defense lawyers. One of our attorneys will be happy to speak to you and explore the best strategies for your case. Contact the Tormey Law Firm at out Morristown office today for a Free Consultation: 866-949-6948.

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With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

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Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue, Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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All of Morris County including Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville Township, Dover, East Hanover Township, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill Township, Madison, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Mont Arlington, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Olive Township, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury Township, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, and Wharton.

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