• There are two types of robbery you can be charged with:
    • First degree robbery which involves a weapon, a gun or knife,
    • Second degree robbery (strong armed robbery) which is taking something from someone with  the use of force like a push, shove or punch.
  • Each type of robbery is treated differently in New Jersey.
  • First degree robberies can result in a prison sentence anywhere from 10 to 20 years where you have to serve 85% of your time before you receive eligibility of parole.
  • Second degree robbery sentencing ranges from 5 to 10 years in NJ state prison with the same 85% time served before eligibility for parole.
  • There are various defenses for robbery charges; various different ways to handle the case including the potential for downgrading the charge to theft or shoplifting depending on case specific factors
  • Theft or shoplifting charge carries lesser penalties with potential of probation or alternate sentencing that don’t involve state prison.
  • In any case, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the particulars and details of your case.