If you have been accused of a carjacking crime, or any other form of auto theft, you need a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side.

As set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, the state must prove several material elements to prove a carjacking crime:

  • The property taken must have been a motor vehicle.
  • The taking of the motor vehicle has to have been unlawful.
  • A motor vehicle includes all vehicles propelled other than by muscular power.
  • Bicycles and vehicles running on tracks or rails are excluded.
  • The defendant must have known that he or she was not entitled to steal the car.
  • The defendant must have had a purpose to steal the vehicle.

The state also has to prove that the defendant inflicted bodily injury or used force when stealing the vehicle.

Carjacking is a first degree crime; however, the court may impose a term in excess of the normal first degree range. A court may sentence a defendant to an ordinary term of imprisonment between 10 and 30 years. The minimum term that the court may impose during which time defendant is ineligible for parole is five years.

If you’ve been accused of carjacking in Union Beach, call our team of knowledgeable attorneys today at 888-355-4752.

Wrongful Death Claims in Union Beach

Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party?

New Jersey defines wrongful death as a death “caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another.”

The conditions that caused the death must be such that, if the deceased person had lived, he or she would have been able to bring a personal injury claim to court.

In New Jersey, you can file a wrongful death claim in a civil court even if a related criminal case has already been filed. Since a wrongful death claim is a civil claim, it must be filed by the personal representative or beneficiaries directly, and liability in the case is expressed solely in monetary damages.

Wrongful death claims are usually brought on behalf of the surviving family members. The damages recovered in the case are distributed among these members.

The types of damages that can be sought include loss of income, loss of services, and funeral and medical expenses.

If you know a family member who’s been the unfortunate victim of a wrongful death, call our team of personal injury attorneys in Union Beach today at 888-355-4752.

Union Beach Personal Injury Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, we have over twenty years of experience in handling cases as diverse as car accidents, carjacking charges, and wrongful death claims.

Our team of lawyers are experienced in all areas of the law, including:

  • Personal Injury
  • Auto Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Carjacking Charges
  • Truck Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • DUI/DWI Charges
  • And more…

Our law office is located in Freehold, just a 40-minute drive from our Monmouth County neighbors in Union Beach.

If you are a resident of Union Beach and seek representation for any case related to personal injury or criminal law, call us today at 888-355-4752.