When you’re facing criminal charges and N.J.S.A. 2C:24-9, Use of 17-Year-Old or Younger to Commit Criminal Offense, is included, your charges will expand, and under 2C:24-9, you’ll face another allegation that will be classified one degree higher than the underlying crime. This means that a charge for, say, fourth degree larceny would include a third degree charge of Use of 17-Year-Old or Younger when the defendant is over 18 and employed, directed, solicited, or conspired with someone younger than 18 to commit the act.
Penalties will vary based on the type of crime, but the statute specifically forbids merging the sentences for the two convictions. This means that in a fourth degree larceny case, you’ll face up to 18 months for the underlying crime, and three to five years for the violation of 2C:24-9.
Judges and prosecutors take allegations that you recruited children or teenagers very seriously, and often treat these types of cases as gang activity. It’s vital that you work with the most experienced attorney available to fight back and protect yourself. Matthew Reisig has been fighting for clients in New Jersey for nearly 20 years. Call 732-625-9661 today and talk to a lawyer for free.