Theft by taking is the taking of property belonging to another individual. The person takes the property without the individual’s permission. They also take the property with the intent to never return the property to the rightful owner, which is known as intent to deprive the owner.

Are Theft by Taking and Robbery the Same Crime?

No. Under Georgia law, they are different crimes. However, robbery does involve committing a theft.

What Is the Law in Georgia Regarding Robbery?

Robbery is a crime that a person commits when they take the property of another either from the victim’s person or from the victim’s immediate surroundings with the intent to deprive the individual of the property. In order to commit robbery, a person must take the property by:

  • Using force
  • Intimidating the victim
  • Coercion
  • Placing the victim in fear of an immediate serious bodily injury happening to either themselves or to another person
  • Threatening the victim
  • Suddenly snatching the property

What Is the Penalty for Robbing Someone in Georgia?

The punishment for a robbery conviction is one to 20 years in prison.

Can I Get More Time in Prison If the Victim Is an Elderly Individual?

Yes, as the age of the victim can be an aggravating factor for the crime of robbery. According to Georgia law, a person can face a harsher punishment if the victim is 65 years old or older. The punishment for robbing an elderly victim over the age of 64 is imprisonment for five to 20 years.

Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer?

If you accused of robbing an elderly person, you need to contact a Georgia lawyer immediately. Your lawyer will explain Georgia law and inform you of your rights and possible defenses.