Theft by taking in Georgia is the criminal taking of property of another person without their consent. The perpetrator takes the property with the intent to permanently deprive the individual of their property. Theft by taking becomes robbery when a person takes property of another with the intent to permanently deprive and uses force or some other violent method to obtain the property.

What Is the Robbery Law in Georgia?

In Georgia, robbery occurs when, with the intent to commit a theft, a person takes property belonging to another from their presence by:

  • Using force
  • Suddenly snatching the property
  • Intimidating the victim
  • Coercing the victim
  • Threatening the victim
  • Putting the victim in fear of receiving an immediate serious physical injury or of someone else immediately receiving a serious physical injury

Are Robbery and Armed Robbery the Same Crime?

Under Georgia law, armed robbery is a separate crime from robbery. Just like with regular robbery, armed robbery is the crime of taking property of another with the intent to commit a theft. However, the person is accused of using a weapon in the crime of armed robbery.

Is It Robbery of Armed Robbery If the Weapon I Used Is Fake?

In Georgia, the use of a fake weapon is sufficient for the crime to be armed robbery and not standard robbery. 

What Is the Punishment for a Robbery Conviction in Georgia?

A person convicted of robbery will face one to 20 years in prison.

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for My Robbery Charge?

Yes. It is vital to contact a Georgia criminal lawyer about possible defenses you can use. Your lawyer will also work to get your charge reduce or dismissed. If your case goes to trial, you will need to have legal representation to fight your case.