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Man detained on robbery charges

A 24-year-old man in New Jersey was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in a robbery that occurred on Sept. 1. The incident happened at a gas station located at the intersection of Lanes Mill and Burnt Tavern roads in Ocean County. Sources say that a man was reportedly stabbed the night of the robbery, and he was taken to a local trauma center to receive medical treatment.

New Jersey police investigated the incident into the early morning hours of the following day. Officers claim they obtained a warrant to search the man's home, which was near the gas station. After searching the premises, police charged the man with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, robbery, resisting arrest and attempted murder. Officers also charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, drug possession and hindering apprehension.

The man was taken to the Ocean County Jail for booking, and his bail was set at $500,000. According to local reports, the man also has previous convictions on his record. In 2010, he was detained for allegedly committing 19 car burglaries, and in 2012, he was taken into custody for failing to comply with a court ordered drug program.

A lawyer representing an individual charged with multiple felonies may have several defense strategies available to contest the allegations. For example, a lawyer could expose any weaknesses in the prosecution's case against the defendant such as if evidence was collected through an illegal search or if a defendant's rights were violated during the arrest. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to help a defendant obtain a more lenient sentence through a plea bargain in some cases as well.

Source: Brick Shorebeat, "Brick Man, 24, Arrested in Gas Station Robbery, Stabbing", Daniel Nee, September 02, 2014