Robbery & Carjacking
One of the most common street-level crimes is robbery, but despite its prevalence, the consequences of a robbery conviction are among the harshest and most devastating.
At Schiller McMahon, our team of former street crimes prosecutors has successfully tried more robbery cases in Union County (N.J.) in the past 15 years than any other combination of attorneys.
Mr. McMahon and Mr. Schiller are entirely familiar with every step of a robbery investigation and prosecution, having supervised and prosecuted said matters for the better part of a decade.
Robbery, which is theft accompanied by force, the threat of force or the use or display of a weapon, is either a second degree crime punishable by 5-10 years in prison, or a first degree crime, if a weapon is used, displayed or threatened, or serious bodily injury is inflicted, punishable by 10-20 years imprisonment.
Regardless, both second and first-degree robbery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, are both subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), wherein those convicted must serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
Carjacking is akin to robbery involving a motor vehicle, except the punishment, as written by the legislature, is exponentially more severe. Carjacking is punishable by 15-30 years in State prison, also subject to NERA and the 85% parole disqualifier.
If you have been charged with robbery or carjacking, you are facing a substantial loss of freedom. Contact two former prosecutors because your life is worth every penny.