Accomplished Former County Prosecutors Who Are Highly Skilled Hudson County Robbery Attorneys Are Available For Free Consultation By Contacting Our Jersey City Law Office
Robbery is one of the most serious criminal charges someone can face at the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City. The primary reason for the severity of the penalties for this offense stems from the fact that it can be one of the more violent ones set forth in the New Jersey Criminal Code. If you or your loved one was charged with robbery, you absolutely need an accomplished criminal lawyer in your court. Failure to secure a significant downgrade or outright acquittal will almost certainly result in a long period of incarceration. You therefore need to hire the very best defense attorney to represent you at the Hudson County Superior Court.
The team of criminal defense lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have the skill set and experience to successfully defend your robbery charge at the county courthouse in New Jersey. Our firm can offer you:
- Over 200 years of combined experience representing individuals arrested for robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault in Hudson County
- Former county prosecutors who have served as the Director of Major Crimes, the Guns Task Force, Juvenile Unit and even an entire Trial Division
- Ten lawyers who specialize exclusively in criminal defense
- Certified criminal trial attorneys, a distinction possessed by less than 2% of those licensed in the state
- Countless stories of success defending those charged with violent crimes and weapon offenses arising in Jersey City, Hoboken, Secaucus, Union City, Bayonne and another one of the 12 municipalities in the county
Our unique qualifications provide us with a perspective that unquestionably provides dividends to clients facing high exposure criminal charges like a NJ robbery offense. An attorney on our staff is available around the clock to assist you in our Jersey City Office at 201-309-0500. Here is some key information about the offense of robbery in New Jersey, including the necessary elements of the offense and the difference between a first and second degree robbery.
Robbery Charge in Hudson County
The statue governing robbery in New Jersey is N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1. This law makes this offense either a first degree or second degree crime depending on the level of violence. The headings below discuss what is necessary to prove robbery and the additional elements to make it a first degree crime.
- Elements for Proving Second Degree Robbery. In order to convict someone of robbery in the second degree, the prosecutor must establish that: (1) accused attempted and/or committed a theft; (2) used force, threatened to commit immediate bodily injury, committed or threatened to commit a first or second degree crime, or they caused bodily injury on the victim; (3) the conduct occurred during the theft and/or immediate flight therefrom; and (4) the defendant acted purposely.
- Additional elements for First Degree Robbery? In addition to the four previously mentioned elements, the state must prove that the during the commission of the underline theft/attempted theft, the defendant: (1) attempted to kill the victim; (2) inflicted or attempted to inflict serious bodily injury; or (3) was armed or threatened the immediate use of a deadly weapon. The most frequently encountered first degree variety is armed robbery.
What are the penalties for Armed Robbery?
As stated earlier, the offense of robbery in New Jersey can be either a first or second degree felony. A first degree felony in New Jersey is punishable by up to twenty years in state prison. Conversely, a second degree felony in New Jersey is punishable by up to ten years in state prison. To make matters worse robbery is one of the enumerated offenses listed under the No Early Release Act. The No Early Release Act requires that a defendant convicted of robbery in New Jersey to serve at least 85% of their sentence before they can become eligible for parole.
When can shoplifting result in robbery?
What started out as a minor shoplifting offense in Jersey City NJ can quickly turn into nightmare, one that could cost you a decade of your life. All to often our office has defended a defendant who initial entered a local store with the intent to simply shoplift a dress. However, in the process of doing so, the defendant decides to pushes the store clerk who is attempting to prevent the shoplifter from leaving. Under this set of facts, a defendant could be convicted of second degree robbery and even potentially a first degree, if the clerk suffered some type of injury. Therefore, what started out as a stupid minor mistake at a retailer in Union City, North Bergen, Hoboken, West New York or Secaucus, can quickly turn into a disaster.
Can I secure bail if I am charged with robbery?
As a general rule, monetary bail has been eliminated in New Jersey. What this means is that it isn’t simply a matter of posting money or a bond to secure release from jail following an arrest for robbery. The determination as to whether an individual will secure pretrial release now hinges on the results of his/her public safety assessment. Notwithstanding, you can typically expect to receive a detention motion in a robbery case which results in at least three days in custody following an initial appearance. It is essential that anyone facing a 2C:15-1 seek the services of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to maximum the chances of release.
Jersey City Robbery Defense Lawyers
As you can tell from above, the offense of robbery is a very serious offense in Hudson County and anywhere else in New Jersey. If convicted of robbery in Hudson County NJ a defendant could be sentenced up to two decades behind bars. If you or someone you know has been charged with the offense of robbery, carjacking, heroin distribution, theft of moveable property or receiving stolen property in towns like West New York, Jersey City, Kearny, Hoboken or Bayonne, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. If you would like a free initial consultation about the offense of robbery or any other criminal offense such as unlawful possession of a handgun, you should contact our Jersey City office directly at (201) 309-1800.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, 574 Newark Avenue, Suite 204A, Jersey City NJ, defends robbery charges throughout Hudson County, including clients arrested in West New York, Secaucus, Jersey City, North Bergen, Bayonne, Union City, Kearny, Hoboken, Harrison, Weehawken, Guttenberg and East Newark.