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In New Jersey, a robbery occurs when force is used in the course of committing a theft. N.J.S.A. 2C:18-1. An act is “in the course of committing a theft” when it occurs during an attempt to commit a theft or in the immediate flight after the attempt or commission to commit a theft. N.J.S.A. 2C:18-1. Specifically, a person has committed a robbery if, in the course of committing theft, they inflict injury or use force upon another, or threaten another with or purposefully put them in fear of immediate bodily injury; or commit or threatens immediate to commit any crime of the first or second degree. N.J.S.A. 2C:18-1.
Robbery is a crime of the second degree, except 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. N.J.S.A. 2C:18-1. If an individual is convicted of a second degree offense, he/she faces 5 to 10 years in State Prison. If an individual is convicted of a first degree offense, he/she faces 10 to 20 years in State Prison.
In New Jersey, certain crimes are subject to the No Early Release Act (“NERA”). N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2. Any person convicted of a crime subject to this act is required to serve 85% of their prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole. A robbery conviction is subject to this act. Therefore, anyone convicted of either first or second degree robbery, must serve at least 85% of their prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Because the penalties for robbery are severe, it is important to consult with a New Jersey lawyer. At the law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our criminal defense attorneys have many years of experience handling theft and robbery cases. Both Gary Grabas and Casey Woodruff are former prosecutors.
We handle criminal matters in Union, Morris, and Essex Counties. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys, you can reach us at (908) 322-7000. We are available 24 hours a day.