What is Robbery?
Robbery is the taking of property from another person by the use of force, intimidation, or the threat of force. In some states, the use of force or threat thereof does not need to be directed at the intended victim: a person shoplifting from a store can be charged with robbery if the person uses force or intimidation to silence witnesses. If the robbery is committed with a firearm or other weapon, it may constitute armed robbery, which often includes a more severe penalty. It should be noted that robbery is often confused with burglary, the breaking and entering of a structure.
Factors for Determining the Severity of Punishment
- Use of a Firearm or Weapon
- Previous Criminal Record
- Currently on Probation
- Resulting Injury or Death to Victim
- Property Stolen
- Location of the Crime
- Victim of the Crime
- Number of accomplices, such as “getaway” drivers or lookouts
The Consequences of Robbery Include
- Imprisonment ranging from a year to life, depending on the relevant factors
- Other Consequences of a Felony Conviction
Are There Any Defenses to Accusations of Robbery?
Robbery is considered a serious crime by almost all states. Most defenses to robbery involve claiming innocence, such as with an alibi. A suspect can also claim that the robbery was committed against their will, such as through blackmail or other forms of duress.
Any defenses to robbery should be utilized in a court of law and not with the police.
What Can You Do if You are Accused of Robbery?
If you are accused of robbery you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system. A criminal defense attorney has the experience and knowledge to help defend you.
Victims of Robbery
If you are a victim of robbery you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the crime against you.
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Last Modified: 04-25-2012 12:08 PM PDT