Newark, NJ asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey

Q: Difference between a conviction and a charge. How long can you be detained without a conviction?

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: A conviction is when you have been found guilty. A charge is something you get and then have to go to a trial on. You can be detained in general for more than 90 days without an indictment unless the prosecutor can find good cause then its even longer.

Leon Matchin

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Milltown, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Conviction means there's proof beyond reasonable doubt and a charge means there's mere probable cause which is a much lower standard. Anyone with a bad criminal history especially violent who is charged with an egregious crime is likely to spend time in jail waiting for trial rather than be released.

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