Money Laundering in New Jersey is a serious crime. If you or a loved one is facing a money laundering charge, then jail time and fines in the five figures are a possibility. In addition to this, a money laundering charge can have a lasting impact on trying to apply to jobs, or applying to schools in the future. Before you hire just any attorney for a money laundering charge, please do your research. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have the following experience, credentials, and man-power to help you or your loved one:
- Eleven (11) criminal defense attorneys on staff
- Eight (8) former Assistant County Prosecutors
- One was the chief of the Economic Crime Unit as well as the chief of the Insurance Fraud Unit during his tenure as a assistant county prosecutor
- One was the head of Major Crimes Division
- Another was the head of the Trial Team
- Four (4) former Municipal Prosecutors
- Two (2) selected to this years Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for criminal defense
- Only 2.5% of attorneys in New Jersey are selected to this prestigious list
- One (1) certified Criminal Trial Attorney
- Certification comes from the Supreme Court of New Jersey
- Less than 1% of attorneys in New Jersey holds this certification
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a money laundering crime, please don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall 24/7 at 201-201-0086.
Hackensack Money Laundering Attorneys
As stated above, a money laundering charge is serious. Money laundering is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25. In order for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to prove this charge, they must meet the following elements:
- transports or possesses property known or which a reasonable person would believe to be derived from criminal activity; or
- engages in a transaction involving property known or which a reasonable person would believe to be derived from criminal activity
- with the intent to facilitate or promote the criminal activity; or
- knowing that the transaction is designed in whole or in part:
- to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership or control of the property derived from activity; or
- to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under the laws of this State or any other state or of the United States; or
- directs, organizes, finances, plans, manages, supervises, or controls the transportation of or transactions in property known or which a reasonable person would believe to be derived from criminal activity.
What are the penalties for Money Laundering?
Money Laundering can be charged either as a first, second or third degree crime. The degree is really based on the amount of money that was allegedly laundered.
- First degree crime carries a maximum of twenty (20) years in a New Jersey state prison. The minimum time that a defendant can be sentenced to prison for a first degree is ten (10) years. The maximum amount a defendant can be fined for a first degree is $200,000. The defendant may also be required to pay restitution. A first degree also carries a presumption of incarceration. This means that if a defendant pleads guilty to a first degree crime, it is presumed that the judge will sentence him/her to state prison
- Second degree crime carries a maximum of ten (10) years in state prison. The minimum for a second degree charge is five (5) years in state prison. Like a first degree crime, a second degree crime carries a presumption of incarceration. The maximum fine for a second degree charge is $150,000.
- Third degree crime carries maximum of five (5) years in state prison. The minimum for a third degree crime is three (3) in state prison. A third degree crime has a non-presumption of incarceration. This means that if a defendant pleads guilty (and does not have a criminal record), then the judge will not sentence him/her to prison.
Bergen County Money Laundering Lawyers
As you can tell from above, a money laundering charge can be a serious crime. At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our firm has the knowledge, experience, credentials, and man-power to help you or your loved one facing this charge. Please feel free to call our office 24/7 at 201-201-0086.