Stealing property is taken very seriously in New Jersey. Theft can be a serious charge on its own, but you may face upgraded charges, causing theft to become robbery. So, what exactly does this mean? What is the difference between theft and robbery? How does theft become robbery? Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s theft and robbery charges and the penalties they carry. If you or a loved one is facing a theft or robbery charge, you will want to contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for help.
What are the Consequences of Theft in New Jersey?
Theft charges are heavily determined by the value of the property that was stolen. If you stole:
- Property valued at $200 or less
- This will result in a disorderly persons offense
- Property valued between $200 and $500
- This is considered a fourth-degree crime and can result in up to 18 months in jail
- Property valued between $500 and $75,000, or the property stolen is a firearm, vehicle, controlled substance of less than a kilogram, or a blank prescription pad
- This is considered a third-degree crime and can result in up to 5 years of jail time
- Property valued as more than $75,000, or the property stolen is human remains, a controlled substance greater than one kilogram, human remains, or there was extortion involved
- This is considered a second-degree crime and can result in up to 10 years in jail
Clearly, theft carries serious charges as is, but in some cases, theft will be upgraded to robbery.
How is Theft Upgraded to Robbery in New Jersey?
If the theft is committed with the threat of a weapon, you may be charged with second-degree robbery. This is considered to be a violent crime and can result in 5-10 years in jail. If the theft is committed with the use of, or threat of, a deadly weapon, the charges may be upgraded to armed robbery. If you are charged with first-degree robbery, you may face 10-20 years in jail.
Theft and robbery charges are taken very seriously and can have significant consequences. If you or a loved one is facing a theft or robbery charge, you will need to contact a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney for help. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney, reach out to our firm today.
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