Ridgewood NJ Robbery Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Attorneys with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey 

Robbery is a serious felony offense in New Jersey which involves the use of force during a theft. It will be graded as either a first or second degree crime depending on the nature of the offense. On a first degree robbery charge, you are facing 10-20 years in jail, while on a second degree robbery charge you are facing 5-10 years in jail. Because this crime involves violence, you must serve 85% of your prison sentence before becoming eligible to be released on parole.

At the Tormey Law Firm, our seasoned defense attorneys have been handling cases involving robbery, burglary, forgery, and prescription fraud throughout New Jersey for years, including in Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, and Franklin Lakes. In fact, Mr. Tormey was featured in the Daily Record in Morris County regarding shoplifting charges, the immigration consequences, and other potential penalties for those convicted. In addition, some of our lawyers have prosecuted these charges on behalf of the State and now use their training and expertise to defend our clients in court. Call us today at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation about your case, and please continue reading this page for more information about robbery charges in New Jersey.

Robbery Charges in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1

In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 governs robbery charges and provides, in pertinent part:

§ 2C:15-1. Robbery

a. Robbery defined. 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.

An act shall be deemed to be included in the phrase “in the course of committing a theft” if it occurs in an attempt to commit theft or in immediate flight after the attempt or commission.

b. Grading. 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.

Penalties for Robbery in New Jersey 

As the above statute states, robbery is a serious criminal offense in New Jersey. First degree offenses are the most serious crimes in New Jersey, punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison if convicted. On the other hand, second degree offenses entail a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years. Moreover, robbery is one of the enumerated offenses under the “No Early Release Act,” which requires a defendant to serve 85 percent of the prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole. As a result, first or second degree robbery charges lead to significant state prison terms without eligibility for parole.

Free Consultation with an Experienced Fair Lawn, NJ Robbery Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery or another criminal offense in New Jersey, contact our Morristown or Hackensack offices anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss your charges.


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