How are robbery and theft different?

Any time an individual steals property from another party, they will be faced with strict penalties because the state of New Jersey takes all crime very seriously. It is important to note that in the realm of theft, there is a big difference between simple theft and robbery. That being said, these two crimes are handled very differently and therefore, have different consequences.

To make it easy to understand the difference between these two crimes, theft is stealing without the use of force and robbery is stealing with the use of force. Robbery crimes require an individual to take part in one or more of the following forceful actions as they attempt to steal from another individual or entity:

  • Threatening to kill another individual or actually killing another individual
  • The use or mere display of a deadly weapon while stealing
  • Attempting, threatening, or actually harming the individual that is being robbed, including just pushing the victim out of the way
  • Threatening to or actually harming one or more other parties to attempt to intimidate the actual individual being robbed

Robbery is considered a first or second-degree felony. Many times, when an individual is convicted of robbery, they are subject to the No Early Release Act under New Jersey law requiring that the person serve 85% of a prison sentence before being eligible for parole.

Simple theft crimes, on the other hand, are also taken seriously but the penalties are often less severe because no force was used. The courts determine penalties for simple theft largely based upon the value of the money or goods stolen.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, contact The Rem Law Group today.