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Defense of Robbery Charges
Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorney
New Jersey imposes strict penalties for crimes of robbery and a conviction can carry a jail sentence of up to 20 years. In addition to time in prison, a violent criminal record can greatly hinder opportunities for future employment and impact your livelihood for years to come. If you are being accused of robbery, it is imperative that you secure the services of a Bergen County criminal defense attorney from Brickfield & Donahue. Our firm will do everything in our power to provide you with the unbiased, powerhouse defense that you deserve.
What our firm can bring to your defense:
- Former prosecutors: As former prosecutors our attorneys know how the prosecution thinks and can use this knowledge to effectively prepare your defense.
- Certified criminal trial attorneys: Attorneys Brickfield and Donahue are certified criminal trail attorneys. Less than 1% of all attorneys in New Jersey earn this honor.
- Award winning advocacy: Our lawyers are well regarded in the legal community and have been honored by organizations such as Super Lawyers® and Martindale-Hubbell®.
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What is Robbery?
In New Jersey, robbery occurs when an individual takes someone else’s property from their person by use of force. There are two factors which set robbery apart from other related crimes such as burglary or theft. First, property must be physically taken off a person’s body or taken while in their direct presence. This can include grabbing a wallet out of a person’s hand or pickpocketing their cell phone. In both cases, the person must be physically present when the item is stolen. The other aspect which differentiates robbery from other crimes is the use of force or violence. This can include direct force, such as a shove or strike, or the threat of violence such as with intimidation.
For further clarification, the term theft, also known as larceny, generally refers to the act of taking someone’s property without their consent. Although theft and robbery are similar, in cases of theft, the person does not have to be present when the crime occurs. Burglary refers to the act of unlawfully entering a private building with the intention of committing a crime.
Penalties for Robbery in New Jersey
A person can be charged with either first or second degree robbery depending on the severity of their crime. First degree robbery occurs when the assailant is armed with a dangerous weapon or inflicts serious bodily harm. A conviction for first degree robbery can be punished by a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 20 years. If a prosecutor cannot prove that these circumstances applied to the robbery, a second degree charge is likely. A conviction for second degree robbery can carry a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 10 years.
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If you have been charged with a robbery of any kind, it is vital that you contact a Bergen County criminal defense attorney from Brickfield & Donahue as soon as possible. The severity of penalties associated with robbery demand the attention of a skilled criminal defense lawyer knowledgeable on all aspects of theft and financial crimes. Our team of lawyers possess more than 55 years of combined legal experience and have a successful track record of trial-tested advocacy. When your freedom and liberty are at stake, look no further than the attorneys at Brickfield & Donahue.
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