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Man's eligibility for drug court to be evaluated

In New Jersey, crimes involving drugs may result in a variety of penalties for people who are ultimately convicted of their offenses. The sentences may be influenced in part by the nature of the offenses, if they are felonies or misdemeanors and whether or not any violence was used. 

A case in which three men were reportedly involved illustrates some of this range in sentencing options. The men are said to have entered a home and demanded drugs and even took some money while there. The case against one man resulted in a conviction for two different charges of theft in the third degree. That defendant was sentenced to the state's drug court program. The case against another man is yet to be determined.

For the third man, he has been convicted after pleading guilty to robbery in the second degree. What sentence this man will receive is now in the hands of the judge. An application for the defendant to enter drug court has been completed but his eligibility for the program is being called into question due to a threat he made during the robbery. The man reportedly said he waved a hammer in an attempt to threaten the person in the home into giving him the drugs.

When faced with a criminal offense in New Jersey, residents may want to talk with an attorney to understand what types of penalties they may face if convicted.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "Drug court possible for man who pleaded guilty in robbery," Joe Carlson, March 19, 2017

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