Robbery charges in New Jersey can have horrifying consequences. Your reputation and your personal freedom are at stake. With an experienced lawyer by your side there are several defense strategies that can challenge the prosecution’s case. In this article, we’ll discuss several effective defense strategies that the skilled attorneys at our New Jersey criminal defense law firm use in robbery defense cases.
Robbery charges in New Jersey come with devastating penalties, which include:
- 20 years in prison for a first-degree robbery conviction
- 10 years in prison for a second-degree robbery conviction
You shouldn’t just accept a criminal conviction that the prosecution can’t prove. Your lawyer can use the defenses discussed below to defend your case.
Mistaken identity is a defense strategy that the accused was wrongly identified as the perpetrator. In the heat of the moment, eyewitnesses can be influenced by stress, fear, weapons-focus, and several other factors. This can lead bad identifications.
The experienced attorneys at Shuttleworth Law P.C. dissect witness statements and cross-examine witnesses. We’ll investigate any inconsistencies that could cast doubt on the accuracy of the identification.
Evidence may suggest that there might be an alternative suspect or that the witness’s recollection is unreliable. By using forensic experts and other professionals, we may be able to challenge the prosecution’s witnesses. This can cast reasonable doubt about the defendant’s involvement in the crime.
Lack of Intent
The prosecution has to prove that the defendant intended to commit a theft while using force or threats to get a robbery conviction. A lack of intent defense centers on challenging this narrative. It asserts that the defendant did not have criminal intent, possibly due to miscommunication or misunderstanding the situation.
If this is an appropriate strategy, we will dive deep into the evidence to show that there was no intent to commit a robbery. By presenting evidence that supports the defendant’s lack of intent, we try to create reasonable doubt and weaken the prosecution’s case.
An alibi defense can be a powerful tool in undermining the prosecution’s case. Alibi is when the defendant was not at the scene of the crime when it happened. Our criminal defense attorneys work carefully to gather evidence that match the alibi. This evidence can include surveillance footage, witnesses, digital evidence, or receipts. A strong alibi casts doubt on the prosecution’s version of events. It creates reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors.
In complex robbery cases, the use of expert testimony can help the defense. Forensic experts can challenge the validity of the prosecution’s evidence, by challenging fingerprint evidence or DNA analysis, for example. In other cases, psychologists may shed light on the defendant’s mental state during the incident.
By working with respected experts, the lawyers at Shuttleworth Law P.C. can present a strong and compelling defense. This enhances the chances of a favorable outcome.
If law enforcement violated your constitutional rights during the arrest or investigation, we may be able to raise this as an issue to exclude some of the prosecution’s evidence. Illegally obtained evidence or procedural errors can weaken the prosecution’s case and potentially lead to the exclusion of key evidence. Our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in spotting constitutional violations and using them to challenge the prosecution’s case. We’ll ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.
Protect Your Rights. Call Our New Jersey Robbery Defense Lawyers Today
When facing robbery charges in New Jersey, having a strategic defense is important. The defense strategies we discussed above are powerful tools that the skilled attorneys at Shuttleworth Law P.C. use to protect your rights and challenge the prosecution’s case. If you or a loved one are facing robbery charges, our experienced legal team is committed to working the complexities on your behalf.
We aim to secure the best possible outcome for your case. Remember, a smart and experienced lawyer can be your strongest ally during this tough time.
Get your Free Case Evaluation now by calling 856-681-0185 or by messaging us confidentially online. We will carefully review the details of your case, assess the evidence against you, and develop a strategic defense strategy make for your specific situation. Our legal team can meet with you in person or via secure video conferencing. Our offices are conveniently located on Mantua Pike in Wenonah, NJ.