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Legal Information: New Jersey
What is the definition of a felony?
In New Jersey, felonies are referred to as “indictable offenses.” (In comparison, misdemeanors are referred to as “non-indictable offenses,” “disorderly persons offenses” or “petty disorderly persons offenses.”) The term “indictable” refers to the fact that the prosecutor will seek an “indictment” from a grand jury before charging someone with a crime. There are four degrees of indictable offenses in New Jersey, with the lowest (4th degree) carrying a possible prison term of up to 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.1
1 NJ Stat. §§ 2C:43-6; 2C:43-3(b)(2)
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