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New Jersey rapper faces multiple charges after altercation

A Jersey City rapper turned himself into police on Aug. 27 after being charged with robbery and grand larceny. He allegedly stole his former girlfriend's cell phone outside of a Washington Heights restaurant earlier in the month. The woman also alleges that he choked her at his home and smashed her head against the dashboard of his car. However, he was not charged with assault after those allegations.

The rapper sent out a tweet from a New York City jail implying that the cell phone was in his name. He also said in the tweet that justice would eventually be served. In a tweet he previous weekend, he reportedly taunted police by telling them that they could find him in a club in Queens.

In a criminal case, all defendants are considered innocent until being proven guilty in a court of law. Those who are accused of a crime may hire a criminal law attorney to represent them in court. However, anyone accused of a crime has the right to represent him or herself as his or her own attorney. If this right in invoked, a judge may still appoint an attorney to act as an adviser.

If convicted of a crime, an individual may be sentenced to jail time, a fine or probation. For convictions on felony charges, an individual may be sent to prison instead of spending time in jail. Anyone who is charged with a crime can ask for a plea bargain. This may be done by the defendant directly or through that person's attorney. A plea bargain may result in charges being reduced or dropped, which may allow a defendant to avoid the harshest possible penalties in his or her case.

Source: NJ.com, "Jersey City rapper Joe Budden charged with robbery, grand larceny: NYPD", Patrick Villanova, August 27, 2014

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