Lesser Included Offenses under New Jersey Law

Lesser Included OffensesIn an unpublished opinion, the Superior Court, Appellate Division of New Jersey reversed a jury’s guilty verdict for a defendant charged with third-degree terroristic threats, second-degree burglary, and fourth degree stalking. State v. Jose Ortiz. The panel held the judge violated the doctrine of Lesser Included Offenses by failing to charge simple assault at trial.

The news story appeared on nj dot com. This post will summarize the legal doctrine the panel applied to this case. Read more

Robbery under N.J.S.A. 2c:15-1

robberyBayonne cops charged a liquor store patron with robbery shortly before the New Year began. The liquor store matron told police she saw the patron shoplifting three bottles of vodka, per the news. Therefore, she demanded he pay for it. But instead of paying, he allegedly pushed her repeatedly. Before leaving the, however, he dropped the bottles.

And in unrelated news, an unidentified man with a knife entered Bob’s News Stand in Westville, New Jersey. Subsequently, the suspect cut the store clerk’s hand with the knife, according to nj dot com. Consequently, police suspect this individual of robbery, according to the news.
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