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In New Jersey, money laundering is a serious felony-level crime. Sometimes mistakenly believed to be less serious than criminal charges for the activity underlying money laundering itself, the consequences are severe for a money laundering conviction, including significant jail time. Frequently, money laundering charges often adjoin other charges related to the alleged underlying criminal activity through which the money that was “cleaned” had originally been procured. The New Jersey Money Laundering Defense Lawyers at Team Law are here to support you through the difficulties and nuances of the legal process when facing money laundering charges in NJ. Contact us today for a free consultation: 1-800-TEAM-LAW.
A money laundering conviction may equal significantly more prison time because any prison sentence based on a money laundering conviction must be served consecutively to any prison sentence based on the underlying offense.
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If you are facing a money laundering charge and its potential consequences, it is so important to retain an experienced lawyer who has knowledge of the criminal defense process and who will fight for your rights and interests. At Team Law, we have the skills and resources to help you, no matter the severity of the money laundering charge you may be facing. Our legal team understands how sensitive and daunting the situation can feel. Our attorneys have experience successfully defending money laundering charges, as well as the underlying criminal allegations that are used to support the money laundering charges. Contact Team Law to schedule a free and confidential consultation today.
In New Jersey, money laundering convictions occur when the prosecution proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the funds or property in question were obtained via some type of criminal activity and that the proceeds of that criminal activity were used in a way that was intended to conceal the fact that they originated from illegal conduct. Under the New Jersey money laundering statute, the elements of money laundering are as follows:
Money laundering crimes, while always serious crimes, can be graded as either a first, second or third-degree offense primarily based upon the value of the money or property that was “cleaned” in the scheme. Regardless of the exact grade, there is potential jail time and monetary fines if convicted for money laundering.
If your case involved $500,000 or more and is graded as a first-degree offense, your prison sentence could be as long as 20 years if convicted. Conviction for second-degree money laundering can carry between five and ten years in prison and third-degree offenses can result in three to five years in jail. Because judges have significant discretion in determining the appropriate sentence in your case, a skilled defense lawyer can present evidence of mitigating circumstances that could support a sentence at the lowest end of the applicable scale even if you have been convicted of money laundering.
At Team law, we understand the delicate situation you are facing when money laundering charges of any degree are thrown at you. Our lawyers have significant resources at their disposal to handle your case and develop a strategy that could result in reduced charges or even dismissal or acquittal. Depending upon the available facts, the strategy could include:
At Team Law, our New Jersey Money Laundering Defense Lawyers treat you with compassion and respect. If you or a loved one is facing a money laundering charge in New Jersey, you need to act fast to secure your legal protection in order to have all of your rights and options available to you. We are here to support you through the difficulties and nuances of the legal process when facing money laundering charges. We will fight for your rights and interests. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential consultation.
The amount of the fine will depend upon the severity of the crime. First-degree money laundering convictions carry a fine of $150,000 or up to three times the value of the money or property that was laundered, while third-degree offenses can carry up to $15,000 in fines or up to three times the value of the money or property that was laundered.
First-time offenders may be able to participate in the pre-trial intervention program in lieu of prosecution, potential conviction, and jail, but only if the money laundering charges are graded as a third-degree offense. In some cases, our lawyers may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to have second-degree charges downgraded to third-degree charges depending upon the circumstances.
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