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New Jersey Homicide Attorney

New Jersey Homicide Attorney

Aggressive First-Degree Murder Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ Defends Clients Accused of Homicide in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

Conviction for murder in New Jersey can result in life in prison. At minimum, a homicide conviction carries 30 years behind bars. Hiring a highly trained New Jersey homicide attorney gives you the best chance of avoiding decades in prison. 

The New Jersey homicide attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio have the skills and experience needed to successfully defend clients in even the most complex and highly publicized murder cases. You can rest assured that your first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ will handle your case with compassion, treating you with the respect you deserve.

The New Jersey homicide attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio work with the foremost forensic, psychiatric and scientific experts in the business, poking holes in the prosecution’s case to give you the best possible odds of beating the charges. The firm’s New Jersey homicide attorney have been fighting to protect clients’ rights across New Jersey for decades. An experienced first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ will quickly go to work to uncover all relevant exculpatory evidence in your case.

Your first consultation at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio is always free. You can call anytime and an experienced New Jersey homicide attorney will sit down with you to discuss defense options in your case. The firm’s first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ are also available to travel to you if you have been incarcerated. To schedule your free initial consultation, call the office or use this online contact form.

Facing A Criminal Charge And Have Questions? We Can Help. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Today At 856-888-9059 Or Fill Our Our Convenient Online Contact Form For A Free Consultation About Your Case.

Variations on New Jersey Homicide Charges

Murder and homicide are terms that are often used interchangeably. In reality, New Jersey criminal law contains several variations on the criminal charges you might face if you are accused of causing another person’s death. 

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio is familiar with them all. The firm takes a proactive approach to your defense, conducting an independent and comprehensive investigation into your case. The goal is always to locate every possible piece of exculpatory evidence that could lead to an acquittal in your case.

You might be charged with:

  • First-degree murder. To convict on first-degree murder charges, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant planned and intended to kill the victim.
  • Second-degree murder. Second degree murder charges might apply when the prosecution can prove that the defendant intended to kill the victim, but did not plan or deliberate about the homicide.
  • Felony murder. Felony murder charges can be established if the homicide occurred while the defendant was in the act of committing (or attempting to commit) another serious crime, including robbery, sex crimes, arson, kidnapping, car jacking and other violent crimes.
  • Manslaughter. To convict on manslaughter charges, the prosecution must show that the defendant’s actions caused the victim’s death, and the defendant was reckless and disregarded the possible consequences of his or her actions. Proving intent is not necessary to convict.

If you or a loved one are facing murder charges in New Jersey, it is critical that you speak with an experienced, aggressive New Jersey homicide attorney as quickly as possible. The skilled first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will advocate fiercely on your behalf to protect your reputation and your freedom. 

Respected Attorney Fiercely Defend Clients Accused of Murder

Murder cases can turn on any number of factors. The defendant’s mental state is often a key issue that can lead to acquittal or getting the homicide charges downgraded to a lesser offense, like manslaughter. Many homicide cases involve complex scientific evidence and witness testimony strung together by the prosecution in an attempt to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio is familiar with each and every defense strategy that could work to clear your name. The firm’s experienced New Jersey homicide attorney and legal team research your case exhaustively, exploring every available avenue to develop a strategic defense strategy that is individually tailored to your case.

Potential defense options that could play a role in your unique homicide defense include:

  • The defendant acted in self-defense
  • The defendant never intended to kill the victim
  • The defendant was provoked
  • The defendant’s actions did not actually cause the victim’s death—there was an intervening cause that resulted in death
  • The prosecution’s evidence was illegally obtained and should be excluded from trial
  • The prosecution’s evidence is somehow faulty—a defense that may include challenging the credibility of witnesses or the scientific reliability of physical evidence
  • The defendant’s mental state made it impossible for the prosecution to establish the requisite intent to kill
  • Innocence defenses, such as mistaken identity or alibi

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio knows that the stakes are high when you are facing any type of homicide charge. An experienced first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ will professionally analyze your defense options, paying close attention to the entirety of the evidence. 


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Arrested on Murder Charges? Speak with an Experienced Homicide Attorney Today to Protect Your Freedom

At The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, every client is innocent until proven guilty. However, it is important that you understand the severity of the situation if you are facing murder charges. An experienced New Jersey homicide attorney can begin intensively researching your case immediately—even if you have not yet been formally charged. 

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio accepts all major credit cards and is also able to work out reasonable, competitively structured payment plans to help you get through this challenging time. You can contact the firm any time to schedule your free initial consultation, either by calling or using this online contact form.

Get A Free Consultation With An Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney. All You Have To Do Is Call 856-888-9059 Or Fill Out Our Online Contact Form.

Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Homicide Defense

Is “heat of passion” really a defense to homicide charges? 

The “heat of passion” defense could be used to get your charges reduced to manslaughter. To prove that you acted in the heat of passion, an experienced first-degree murder lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ can show that (1) you were provoked by something, (2) a reasonable person would have been unable to “cool off” given the circumstances and (3) you actually were unable to cool off prior to the actions leading to the victim’s death.

How long will I have to go to prison if convicted of homicide in New Jersey? 

Potential prison sentences depend upon both:

-The specific crime charged
-The circumstances surrounding commission of the crime

Second-degree manslaughter may result in a five-to-ten year prison sentence, subject to the New Jersey No Early Release Act requirement that you serve at least 85% of your sentence before becoming eligible for parole. First-degree murder convictions can result in 30 years to life in prison without parole. Aggravating factors can also be used to increase the sentence upward—for example, if a police officer was injured, you may be facing a harsher penalty.

Reviews Matter

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
- Enrique R.

“Had a case and hired the team. Recieved a better outcome than anticipated. The process was smooth and relaxed. Definitely recommend! Thank you everyone!”
- Yashar E.

"I was facing some serious charges and Michele and Kevin made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. Very professional, understanding, courteous, and diligent. Michele’s firm was highly recommended to me by a friend who has used her a few times. 10/10 highly recommend. Thank you so much Michele and Kevin!!!!"
- Samantha O.

“I highly recommend this law firm. They were easy to contact and very knowledgeable. I will definitely work with them again.”
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