Most arrests in connection to a robbery do not occur at the scene of the crime. Typically, surveillance camera footage or an eyewitness is used to identify a suspect. In both instances, serious questions arise in regard to the reliability of the evidence. At the law office of Joseph D. Rotella we understand how police investigations are conducted in robbery cases and how to evaluate and challenge the evidence offered against our client. Working with investigators and forensic experts, we identify inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony, inconclusive video evidence, and failures on the part of police. In cases where a warrant has been issued for a suspect, our office works with police in order to arrange for a controlled arrest, ensuring your rights are protected and your bail arrangements set in place.
Mr. Rotella is Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, which means that he has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme as an expert in criminal law.
We're prepared to fight at all levels for those accused of committing robbery. To schedule a free, fully confidential consultation, contact the law office of Joseph D. Rotella today.Constitutional Rights, Police Questioning, and Interrogations
It's essential that you avoid talking to police without legal representation. Even if the police claim you're not a suspect, by agreeing to talk with them any thing you say can be used against you later if they decide to arrest you. If you are placed under arrest, waiting until you have legal representation prevents the police from interrogating you or asking you further questions.
Many interrogations are required by law to be videotaped, but are not. Prosecutors may claim you made a "spontaneous confession." It is best simply to not say anything until you have a lawyer present. As your criminal defense lawyers, we aggressively protect your rights and thoroughly review police behavior and reports.Robbery and the Graves Act
The Graves Act requires that those committed of certain crimes where a handgun is used receive specified minimum sentences. Additionally, New Jersey's No Early Release Act (NERA) requires those convicted of certain crimes (such as robbery) to serve at least 85% of their sentence before being eligible for parole. It is essential that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how to challenge the prosecution's case against you if your robbery charges involve the use of a firearm. Even if the evidence of the robbery is not in question, we may be able to help you avoid the application of the Graves Act or NERA by having the firearms charges dropped.Contact Joseph D. Rotella Today
Don't accept defeat before the fight has begun -- contact Newark, New Jersey criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Rotella if you're facing robbery charges. We can make a difference.