Robbery is larceny done with threat of or actual violence. Larceny is the taking of another individual’s property with the intent to permanently keep the property away from the victim. The person is accused of taking the property without permission from the lawful owner.

Is Armed Robbery a Crime in Georgia?

Yes. Under Georgia law, a person commits the crime of armed robbery when they use a weapon or a replica of a weapon to take property from another person or the immediate presence of another person while intending to commit a theft.

What If I Stole a Controlled Substance from a Pharmacy While Committing an Armed Robbery?

Taking a controlled substance from a pharmacy in the course of an armed robbery is an aggravating factor to the crime of armed robbery. A person commits this aggravating factor when they unlawfully take a controlled substance from a pharmacy or a wholesale druggist and intentionally inflict physical injury upon someone during the commission of an armed robbery.

What Is a Controlled Substance?

A controlled substance is any drug, immediate precursor, or substance in Schedules I through V as listed in the Georgia statutory code. These substances include opiates, amphetamines, and barbiturates.

What Is Considered a Pharmacy in Georgia?

A pharmacy in Georgia is any business licensed to possess, display, dispense, compound, or sell drugs. It also includes any place dispensing, selling, or storing controlled substances, such as a:

  • Warehouse
  • Physician’s office
  • Hospital
  • Building

What Is a Wholesale Druggist?

A wholesale druggist is any individual, association, corporation, or partnership registered with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy.

What Penalty Will I Face for Taking a Controlled Substance During an Armed Robbery?

Taking a controlled substance from a pharmacy in the course of an armed robbery is a felony. A person convicted of this crime will receive a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Yes. Talk to a Georgia criminal lawyer immediately about representing you in your robbery case. Your lawyer will work to get your criminal charge reduced or dropped. They will also explain all defenses that may be available to you.