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Increase in alleged murders in 2016

New Jersey residents who are charged with murder, homicide, manslaughter or other serious crimes can face a challenging road when it comes to their defense processes. Many things contribute to this and public sentiment may well be one of those things. Stereotypes and group thinking about cracking down on crime can make it seem like justice takes a back seat to calming angry people. However, defendants should know that they do have the right to proper defenses when accused of these serious crimes.

A look at recently reports might suggest that public opinion about some crime figures could continue to make life hard for criminal defendants. According to statistics, the number of people allegedly murdered in 2016 went up by as much as 14 percent as compared to 2015. While Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois represent a large percentage of the overall increase in murders, the effect may be felt nationwide.

The overall crime rate in 2016 is said to have increased by less than one half of a percent. Crimes considered violent but other than murder are said to have increased by just over three percent from 2015 to 2016.

After being arrested for and charged with any type of crime, including a serious felony, people in New Jersey may find it helpful to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney. This can provide people with the chance to better understand the charges and potential penalties and make decisions about their defenses.

Source: Time, "Murders Up in U.S. Cities-But Crime Rate Still Near Record Low," Josh Sandburn, Dec. 20, 2016

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