Robbery is considered a serious crime in New Jersey, and the penalties are severe. If you are convicted of robbery, you could face years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and a criminal record that will likely follow you for the rest of your life. At Blanch Legal Firm, our New Jersey robbery defense lawyers are here to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.
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What is Robbery?
Robbery in New Jersey involves unlawfully taking another person's property through the use of force, threats, or intimidation. Unlike theft or burglary, robbery has an added component of violence or the threat of violence, which distinguishes it as a more severe crime.
To be charged with robbery in New Jersey, certain key elements must be present:
- Taking of Property: The defendant must have taken property that belonged to another person or entity.
- Use of Force or Threats: The defendant must have used force, threats, or intimidation to take the property or stop the victim from resisting.
- Intent: The defendant must have had the intent to commit robbery at the time of the act.
- Immediate Flight: After the robbery, the defendant must have attempted to flee the scene or avoid apprehension.
What are the Penalties for Robbery in New Jersey?
The penalties for robbery in New Jersey are severe and can vary depending on several elements, including the degree of the robbery and the use of weapons. Here's a general overview of the potential penalties:
- First-Degree Robbery: This is the most serious type of robbery charge. It involves using a deadly weapon, inflicting serious bodily injury, or attempting to kill someone during the commission of the robbery. A conviction for first-degree robbery can result in 10 to 20 years of imprisonment.
- Second-Degree Robbery: Second-degree robbery typically involves the use of force, threats, or intimidation but without the use of a deadly weapon. Penalties for second-degree robbery include 5 to 10 years in prison.
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Some common defenses against robbery charges include:
- Mistaken Identity: Robbery cases often hinge on the identification of the perpetrator. If there is doubt about the accuracy of the identification, it can be a strong defense.
- Lack of Intent: If it can be shown that the defendant did not have the intent to commit robbery at the time of the alleged incident, it can be a valid defense.
- Alibi: Providing evidence that you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged robbery can be a powerful defense.
- Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's case by demonstrating that there is inadequate evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Self-Defense: In some cases, it may be argued that the defendant used force in self-defense.
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At Blanch Legal Firm, our New Jersey robbery attorneys are determined to fight for your rights and provide you with a strong defense. We understand the complexities of New Jersey's criminal justice system and will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Your future is at stake, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
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