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Fourth Degree Crimes in New Jersey

Fourth Degree Crime Lawyers in New Jersey

NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers with offices in Morristown, Hackensack, Newark NJ

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On the bright side, fourth degree crimes allow you to be eligible for PTI, or the pretrial intervention program.  This is a diversionary program, which will allow you to set aside your criminal case and you will be offered a period of probation instead of a trial.  If you complete this period of probation without issue, you charges will be dismissed entirely, and no evidence of your charges will exist.  This is frequently the best option for crimes of the fourth degree.

That said, every crime is different, and looking at the “degree” of a criminal charge doesn’t really help us in fighting your case.  Each charge has specific defense strategies that we can utilize to potentially have your case dismissed.  We highly recommend you take a look at our Top 5 Ways To Beat A Criminal Charge series or take a look at our “common charges” section where you can see a list of pages that we have about most crimes that you might face.  You can also visit our site index and press Control (or Command) +F to search by keywords.

For more information about your case, the PTI program, or your eligibility, please give my office a call at (201) 556-1571.


On a fourth degree crime in New Jersey, you are facing the following penalties:

  • A permanent felony charge on your record
  • Potential probation
  • Up to 18 months in State Prison
  • Up to 364 days in the county jail
  • Up to a $10,000 fine

Here are a few examples of fourth degree crimes:

  • Marijuana possession
  • Assault Charges – Usually of a lesser degree, without major injuries
  • Shoplifting if the items value is between $200 and $500 dollars

Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the Tormey Firm for a free consultation.

(201) 556-1571

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With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

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Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.


Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

  (201) 556-1570    Directions

Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

  (908) 336-5008    Directions