Robbery is a serious crime with serious consequences. As a result, it is important to understand how robbery is defined and what the penalties may entail. Read on to learn more about robbery in New Jersey.
What are the consequences of theft in New Jersey?
New Jersey is a type of theft. As a result, it is important to understand the different types of theft crimes in New Jersey:
Disorderly Persons Offense: You may be charged with a disorderly persons offense if the property stolen is valued at less than $200.
Fourth Degree Charge: You may be charged with fourth-degree theft when the stolen property is valued at between $200 and $500.
Third Degree Charge: You may be charged with third-degree theft if the stolen property is valued at between $500 and $75,000, or if the property stolen is a firearm, car, boat, airplane, domestic companion animal, or less than one kilogram of a controlled dangerous substance.
Second Degree Charge: You can be charged with second-degree theft if the stolen property is valued at more than $75,000. Second-degree charges also apply if the stolen property is more than one kilogram of a controlled dangerous substance, if the property is human remains, or if the property was taken by extortion.
What is robbery?
In New Jersey, robbery is defined as doing any of the following while committing a theft crime:
- Inflicting bodily injury upon another person
- Threatening bodily injury upon another person
- Committing or saying that you are going to commit either a first or second-degree crime during the course of a theft.
Why would theft be upgraded to robbery?
In some cases, theft charges will be updated to robbery. If this occurs, the charges become even more severe, as robbery is considered to be a violent crime. In New Jersey, you can be charged with first or second-degree robbery. Second-degree robbery occurs when you threaten to use a weapon while stealing property. First-degree robbery occurs when you use, threaten to use, or carry, a weapon of deadly force.
Robbery is taken very seriously in New Jersey. If you are facing robbery charges, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your options with a dedicated attorney.
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