New Jersey residents who read new stories about criminal charges online or in local newspapers or who see reports on local television should remember that what is published or aired is only part of the story. Often times, a news report can all but make it seem as though someone is guilty before they have even been tried. Fortunately, the legal and criminal justice system clearly works on a different premise that requires a defendant to be assumed innocent until proven otherwise.
This is what one young woman today will need to be keeping in mind as reports about her recent arrest have surfaced. Few details have been released but what is known is that the woman stabbed her boyfriend in his apartment. The man died from his wounds. The reason for the stabbing is unknown but may potentially involve some need for the woman to have defended herself.
The defendant has been charged with manslaughter in the case but has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges against her. The case will reportedly be heard by a grand jury but for now the woman, who turned herself into police, remains in custody. Her bail has been set at $500,000.
People who have been arrested and charged with serious crimes may want to talk with an experienced driminal defense lawyer. This may give defendants a better understanding of the potential opportunities for a defense and what to expect in the process.
Source: NJ.com, "Guttenberg woman pleads not guilty in boyfriend's fatal stabbing," Steve Strunsky, August 1, 2016