Larceny is taking property from someone without their consent and with the intent to keep the property for one’s own benefit. Robbery also involves taking property from someone without their consent and with the intent to keep the property. However, when committing robbery, the person takes the property by using force or threat of violence.
What Is Robbery According to Georgia Law?
Robbery is a crime that a person commits when, with the intent to commit theft, they take property from another person or that person’s immediate presence by:
- Use of force
- Sudden snatching of the property
- Use of threat
- Use of coercion
- Placing the victim in fear of an immediate serious bodily injury to themselves or someone else
What If I Used a Weapon to Commit the Robbery?
The use of a weapon to commit robbery elevates the crime from robbery to armed robbery, which is a separate offense. Armed robbery in Georgia is the crime of using an actual weapon, a replica weapon such as a fake gun, or something that looks like a weapon to take property from another person or property that is in the person’s immediate presence. This is done with the intent to commit a theft.
What Is the Penalty for Armed Robbery in Georgia?
Armed robbery is a serious felony in Georgia. An armed robbery conviction may result in a punishment of:
- 10 to 20 years in prison
- Life in prison
Do I Need a Lawyer?
It is important to talk to a Georgia lawyer if you are facing an armed robbery charge. They can help you understand your rights and possible defenses.