According to authorities, a Little Ferry woman was charged with first-degree murder and weapons possession in connection with the stabbing death of her 5 day-old baby at her garden apartment on Liberty Street. Police allege that 29 year-old Hiralbahen Bhavsar posted a profile picture with her new baby and husband on social media. Hours later, the slaying was reported. Bhavsar remained in police custody at the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus. The investigation is ongoing by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Click here to read more at www.dailyvoice.com.
Murder is a crime of the first degree – the most serious under our Criminal Code. Normally, a crime of the first degree is punishable by a period of between 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, a person convicted of the crime of Murder is subject to a sentence of 30 years to life, with a minimum of 30 years that must be served before the person is eligible for parole. Notably, there are a number of circumstances that will subject a person to a sentence of life without paroleincluding:
- If the victim was a law enforcement officer and was murdered while performing his official duties or was murdered because of his status as a law enforcement officer.
- If the victim was less than 14 years old and the act was committed in the course of the commission, whether alone or with one or more persons, of an act of Sexual Assault or Criminal Sexual Contact.
There are also certain circumstances that mandate serving the sentence in a maximum security prison.
If you find yourself in the situation that you are charged with murder, you must contact a criminal defense attorney immediately, as your freedom is at stake. Criminal defense lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup has successfully defended countless individuals charged with murder. She will fight to ensure your rights are protected in court, and that you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation, she is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.