More than likely if you’ve been charged with robbery or armed robbery, you already know you are facing grave consequences. Although other states categorize robbery as a felony, New Jersey does not classify crimes as misdemeanors or felonies. Instead, robbery is considered an indictable offense.
You might think of an indictable offense as a crime that puts you at risk for at least one-year incarceration. In most cases, this means that the prosecutor presented evidence to a grand jury who decided you should be indicted. When your case is called to trial, a jury of your peers will determine your fate.
At the Ocean County Law Office of DiFrancia & Price, P.C., we have provided the legal defense for a number of defendants charged with robbery. One of our lawyers is a retired New York City police officer. Her experience is a definite asset in our criminal defense matters.
As robbery defense lawyers, we carefully review each every situation carefully. We conduct a thorough investigation to determine all facts that may be useful to your case. Our legal team will discuss our findings with you in preparation of your defense. We will take eyewitness statements and secure all pertinent records. Additionally, our New Jersey robbery defense attorneys will discuss your arrest and any subsequent actions made by law enforcement authorities.
In best case scenarios, our goal will be to have charges dropped against you. However, if the evidence seems to weigh heavily against you, we will negotiate on your behalf. Nonetheless, you do not have to be concerned that we will enter into any plea agreements without your express authorization. We will only recommend that you take a plea if it works in your best interests.
If your case is taken to trial, you are assured of experienced counsel by your side. We know how stressful the process can be. We are mindful that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Our trial strategy is careful and deliberate. Our objective is a finding of not guilty.
Ocean County Robbery Defense Attorneys
The law regarding New Jersey robbery charges is found at NJSA 2C:15-1. If you are charged with robbery, there is a presumption that you either committed an act of theft or intended to do so. However, theft becomes elevated to a robbery if the following happens in the course of the theft:
- You are accused of inflicting bodily injury or using force
- You are charged with threatening someone with immediate bodily injury
- You are blamed for causing somebody to fear immediate bodily injury
- You are charged with committing a first or a second-degree crime
- You are accused of committing or threatening to commit a first or second-degree crime
Penalties for Robbery in New Jersey
As experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys, we advise our clients on the serious nature of their charges. For example, some robbery charges are second-degree crimes and put defendants at risk for up to a ten-year prison sentence. Armed robbery means that a deadly weapon may have been used in the commission of the crime. As a first degree offense, this could mean up to twenty years in prison. Additionally, fines may be allocated.
Your freedom, rights, and reputation are all critical considerations. At the Law Office of DiFrancia & Price, P.C., we know that experienced counsel is vital to your criminal defense. Contact us to discuss your charges.