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Available defenses to a robbery charge

A robbery charge carries steep penalties in most jurisdictions. In New Jersey, a person accused of robbery could face incarceration, even for a first offense. A person who is accused of robbery has a right to present a defense. Besides innocence, a few defenses that could be offered are intoxication, entrapment and duress.

Supreme Court rules on mandatory sentencing law

New Jersey individuals with felonies on their record may be affected by a June 26 Supreme Court decision that dealt with the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984. The justices ruled 8-1 that a provision of the federal law was so vague that it was unconstitutional, with Justice Alito dissenting.

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