Whether charged as an adult or a juvenile, the offense of robbery is a very serious charge in New Jersey. One that if not handled properly could land you behind bars for a very lengthy time period. The governing statute in New Jersey for the offense of robbery is N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1. If charged and convicted of robbery as a juvenile in Morris County, New Jersey the juvenile could be sentenced up to four (4) years in a juvenile detention center. With that being said, robbery is also one of the few crimes in New Jersey where a prosecutor may seek to have a juvenile waived up and prosecuted as an adult. If that is the case, the juvenile just went from facing a maximum of four (4) year in a juvenile detention center to twenty (20) years in a New Jersey State Prison.
If you or your child has been charged with robbery in Morris County, in towns like Dover, Parsippany, Boonton, Randolph, Washington Township, Mount Olive or Roxbury, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. The juvenile criminal justice system is run completely different then the adult criminal justice system. First and foremost, all juvenile criminal matters will be heard in the Family Division of the Morris County Superior Courthouse as opposed to the Criminal Division. In addition, the overall goal of the juvenile criminal justice system is rehabilitate rather then punish like the adult criminal justice system. The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has eight criminal defense attorneys on staff, making our office one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State let alone Morris County. Several of our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with juvenile criminal matters, including but not limited too marijuana possession, drug distribution, simple assault, shoplifting aggravated assault and burglary. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today, please contact our Morristown office at 973.309.7050. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help assist in any way possible. Now here is some key information on the offense of robbery including what exactly the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
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As mentioned above, the offense of robbery is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, which states in pertinent part,
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.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery is a crime of the second degree, unless in the course of committing the theft, the Defendant “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 convicted of a second degree crime as a juvenile they will face up to three (3) years in a juvenile detention center. Conversely, if convicted of a crime of the first degree as a juvenile they will face up to four (4) years in a juvenile detention center.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense as a juvenile in towns like Harding, Mendham, Butler, Hanover, Madison or Boonton, the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. Our office has over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including years of prior prosecuting experience. If you would like to come into our office and discuss your options with any one of the eight criminal defense attorneys on staff then please contact our Morristown office at 973.309.7050.