In the state of New Jersey, theft becomes robbery if the victim of the crime is subject to physical force or threat of harm. Robbery is a serious crime that can result in a variety of consequences, such as harsh fines, prison time, and a criminal record. It is because of this that those facing these charges should retain the services of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance.
Simply put, robbery is an aggravated theft crime. However, the injury caused or consequences tend to be more severe. Under New Jersey law, there are three types of conduct undertaken when theft is committed that turns it into a robbery offense. This includes:
In the state of New Jersey, robbery is usually considered a second-degree crime. However, it can escalate to a first-degree crime if, when the crime is committed, the accused does the following:
If convicted of second-degree robbery, the offender can face five to 10 years in prison as well as a fine up to $150,000. First-degree robbery can result in 10 to 20 years in prison as well as a fine up to $200,000. In addition to this, robbery falls under the No Early Release Act. This requires the offender to serve 85% of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
The consequences of robbery are serious, which is why those facing these charges should retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney. With their help, the following defenses can be used for a case:
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