WHAT IS THE CRIME OF ROBBERY IN NEW JERSEY
Robbery is a serious crime that if convicted of Robbery the accused will likely be committed to a period of imprisonment. Robbery generally involves a person who commits a theft, and in the course of committing the theft: (1) inflicts bodily injury or uses force upon another; (2) threatens another or purposely puts him in fear of bodily injury; (3) or commits or threatens immediately to commit any crime of the first or second degree. N.J.S.A. 2C: 15-1
Moreover, an act is included in the phrase "in the course of committing theft" if it occurs in an attempt to commit theft or in the immediate flight after the attempt or commission.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR CONVICTION OF ROBBERY
Robbery is a Second Degree Crime, except it is a First Degree Crime if in the course of committing the theft the actor attempts to kill anyone, purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury, or is armed with or uses or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon.
Robbery is also one of the "No Early Release Act" Crimes (NERA). NERA requires mandatory service of 85 Percent of Sentence for Certain Offenses, during which time the person will be ineligible for Parole. N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2
Also, the Criminal Defendant will obtain mandatory life imprisonment without parole if the above-mentioned criminal defendant has been convicted of two or more Robberies committed on prior and separate occasions regardless of the dates of conviction under the forgoing Statute or any similar Statute in the United States. (Three Strikes Law) Moreover, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled in State v. Samuel Ryan, (A-65-20) Decided on February 7, 2022, that defendant's prior juvenile-age conviction counts as a predicate offense under the Three Strikes Law for enhanced sentencing of Life Imprisonment without Parole.
Robbery Crime Charges Require a Diligent Criminal Defense Lawyer
Robbery requires the Attorney to conduct a diligent investigation and the attorney must know specific legal issues that are unique to defending robbery cases. In some cases, Robbery cases are prosecuted on what is referred to as "circumstantial evidence" without any percipient witness to the Robbery Crime. The No Early Release Statute applies to Robbery, and the conviction of Robbery may qualify as an aggravated felony under Immigration and Nationality Act---this is a crucial issue for Permanent Residents.
If you are charged with the crime of Robbery. Contact Charles Dawkins Jr. Law Office Today. He represents individuals charged with Robbery in all County Courts in the State of New Jersey.