The state of New Jersey is known for being especially harsh when it comes to robbery charges and penalties. More serious than a simple theft, robbery is considered a violent crime and the punishments attached to a robbery conviction certainly reflect the state’s attitude toward violence. Carjacking is a common example of this crime. If you or a loved one has recently been charged with this crime, do not assume that it will automatically lead to a conviction. Working with an experienced New Jersey robbery attorney represents your best chance at fighting the serious criminal charges against you.
Robbery in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 and is defined as a theft that happens in combination with a violent crime. The nature and value of the theft as well as the violence can vary greatly. In order to successfully prove a robbery charge, the prosecution in your case must show the following elements:
- A theft took place, and
- The defendant used forced, caused harm or threatened another person with imminent bodily harm or the theft took place while committing a first or second-degree crime such as assault, kidnapping or even murder.
An armed robbery is charged as a first-degree crime and most other robberies are considered second-degree crimes. If you are convicted of either a second-degree or first-degree robbery, you will have to serve 80 percent of the jail time handed down in your sentence under the No Release Act. In addition to what could potentially be years of jail time, heavy fines, probation, community service and restitution are also common penalties.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this charge actually comes after all the fines are paid and jail time is served, and the individual is trying to resume a normal life with a criminal record that involves a violent felony. Not only does a New Jersey criminal record make employment, housing and loans difficult but it also causes major legal headaches if you ever get charged with a crime again. There are legal defenses available to help defeat the charges against you. The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, will fight to reduce or eliminate the charges against you, get in touch with them today.
The Law Offices Of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC
At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, let my 25 years of criminal law experience fight the robbery charges against you. I have successfully handled cases just like yours in the past and will work hard to get you the same results. At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, your first consultations with me is always free and designed to answer any of the questions you may have about the charges against you and potential defenses I can assert. Do not accept the charges against you, let me fight them! I am available 24/7, give me a call today. The sooner you act the better! I look forward to speaking with you.