Robbery is defined at N.J.S.A 2C:15-1 as follows:
A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he:
(1) Inflicts bodily injury or uses force upon another; or
(2) Threatens another with or purposely puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or
(3) Commits or threatens immediately to commit any crime of the first or second degree.
Robbery is a crime of the second degree, except that it is a crime of the first degree if in the course of committing the theft the actor attempts to kill anyone, or purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury, or is armed with, or uses or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon.
If you have been charged with robbery, whether it was with a weapon or not, you are facing a term of incarceration of up to 20 years, depending upon the circumstances. You may also be required to serve 85% of your sentence before being considered eligible for parole. Finding a lawyer now that will fight for your rights will dictate your freedom in the future. Adam M. Lustberg has offices in New York and New Jersey to represent you no matter what type of robbery charge that you are facing.
It can be scary to think about having to go to jail, whether it is for a few months or for 20 years. Knowing that you are going to be away from your family and detained with other criminals is meant to be scary. Lustberg Law Offices, LLC will fight aggressively to keep you out of prison altogether or to minimize your sentencing exposure.
While you may think that any attorney is fine, this could not be farther from the truth. You need an attorney with experience defending against robbery charges and that is familiar with the relevant law and procedures. This can make all the difference in how the case will progress and what your punishment will or will not be. By understanding the charges against you and what your options are, you will be able to make the best decision for you and your future.
In New Jersey, robbery charges are separated into two levels. First degree is when you were armed during the crime or you seriously harmed attempted to seriously harm the person you were stealing from. It carries a 10-20 year prison term. Second degree robbery includes all other robbery cases and it can be punished by a 5-10 year prison sentence.
If you are facing a robbery charge, call Adam M. Lustberg immediately. He and his team will investigate the alleged robbery and determine the best way to aggressively battle against the charges. Contact Lustberg Law Offices, LLC for a free case evaluation today.