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20-year-old, 2 juveniles charged after Barnegat altercation

In the parlance of New Jersey law, felonies are called "indictable offenses." These charges are prosecuted in Superior Court, and being convicted of an indictable offense can result in serious penalties, including a lengthy jail sentence. Anyone accused of an indictable offense in New Jersey will need an aggressive and strategic defense to achieve the best possible outcome.

An altercation in Barnegat has led to serious charges against a 20-year-old Little Egg Harbor man and two minors. A fourth minor was also arrested, and police say he used a knife in a confrontation in which he was robbed.

The 20-year-old reportedly suffered two stab wounds in his back, and while Barnegat First Aid was treating him, Southern Ocean Medical Center in nearby Stafford alerted police that a 16-year-old from Barnegat had also been stabbed.

Police investigated the matter and determined that the wounds were suffered during the same incident.

Evidence apparently led police to the 17-year-old, who had run from the scene of the alleged altercation. Officers believe that the 17-year-old was robbed by the 20-year-old and two 16-year-olds, one of whom was not injured.

Police confiscated a knife from the 17-year-old's residence, and he was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The other three individuals are facing second-degree robbery charges.

According to a report, the 20-year-old had to be airlifted to a hospital in Atlantic City. The hospital later released him, and he was taken to jail in Ocean County.

The charges against all of these young people are very serious. To protect their rights and freedom now and in the future, young defendants will need an experienced legal defense.

Parents should know that the juvenile justice system differs from the criminal justice system, even if a minor and an adult are facing the same charge. Our page on juvenile defense has more details.

Source: Asbury Park Press, "Sean Ruiz, 20, of Little Egg Harbor, released from hospital, jailed after Barnegat stabbing," Stephanie Loder, Nov. 19, 2013

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