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A Former Middlesex County Prosecutor in our New Brunswick Office Is Ready To Defend Your Robbery Charge
One of the most serious criminal charges someone can face in Middlesex County is robbery. This is especially true when the offense is based on armed robbery or another basis which makes the arrest a first degree crime. If you have been charged with robbery in New Brunswick, Woodbridge, Piscataway, Edison, Old Bridge, East Brunswick or anywhere else in the county, you definitely need the very best attorney you can find to defend your charge. The lawyers at our firm have precisely what you need.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a powerhouse criminal defense firm located directly across from the Middlesex County Courthouse. Our team of talented attorneys can offer you:
- Over 200 years of combined experience defending first and second degree robbery charges in Middlesex County
- A team of 10 lawyers that handle exclusively criminal cases
- Former county prosecutors that include a former director in the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and others who have served as directors of the Major Crimes Bureau, Juvenile Unit, Special Operations and even an entire Trial Division
- Certified criminal trial attorney
If you would like to speak to an attorney with the knowledge and skill to effectively defend you, contact our office at (732) 246-7126. Attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you in a free initial consultation.
When Does the Offense of Robbery Arise Under New Jersey Law?
A robbery arises under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 if, during the course of a theft, the actor uses or threats to use force against the victim. The charge is essentially the combination of a theft and assault.
What Are The Elements That Must Be Established In Order To Secure A Conviction for Robbery?
There are fourth fundamental elements that each must established by the prosecutor in order to prove a robbery case. First, there must have been a theft or attempted theft. Second, the actor must have threatened force, purposely put the victim in fear of bodily injury or caused someone to sustain bodily injury. Third, the conduct must have occurred during the course of the theft or during immediate flight therefrom. Fourth, the conduct of the accused must have been purposeful.
How Is The Offense of Robbery Graded In Terms of Severity?
Robbery can be either a first degree or second degree crime under 2C:15-1. In this regard, robbery is a second degree crime unless the actor:
- Attempts to kill someone;
- Purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury; or
- Is armed with, uses or threats immediate use of a firearm or other deadly weapon.
What Are The Penalties for Robbery?
Second degree robbery results in a fine of up to $150,000 and 5-10 years in prison. A first degree robbery charge carries a $200,000 fine and 10-20 years in state prison. You should also know that since robbery is considered a crime of violence, it falls under the No Early Release Act, commonly referred to as NERA. This sentencing provision mandates that an individual sentenced for robbery serve at least 85% of the sentence imposed before they can be considered for parole. This is referred to as a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment.
Is There A Way To Defend A Robbery Offense So You Avoid Jail And Other Penalties?
Absolutely. Just because someone was arrested or otherwise accused of robbery, that does not mean that they will be convicted. There are many ways that a savvy and effective criminal lawyer on our team can help you escape the negative impact of a 2C:15-1 charge. For example, it may be that the witness testimony and other evidence against you is flawed or that there was no active involvement in a violent act. Perhaps your constitutional rights were violated during the course of the investigation, interrogation or arrest. The point is that our attorneys have a virtual laundry list of avenues to utilize in order to help you. We also have the benefit of decades of experience, relationships and familiarity with the court system to utilize so that a favorable plea can be negotiated.
New Brunswick Robbery Defense Lawyers
It should be more than readily apparent that a robbery case is an extremely serious matter that requires representation by the best attorney you can find. We believe that Jason Seidman who served as the Director of the Gangs, Guns & Drug Task Force in the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and the other attorneys on our team represent a potent option for the defense of the Middlesex County robbery offense that was filed in Perth Amboy, North Brunswick, Sayreville, South Plainfield, Carteret or another local town. To speak to Jason or another member of our staff about a detention hearing or any other aspect of your charge, call 732-246-7126 for a free consultation.