Mugging involves an actual or threatened physical attack with the intent to rob someone. Also known as robbery, mugging is normally a street crime carried out by petty thieves.

What Are Normal Sentences for Mugging?

It’s difficult to determine the length of a sentence for mugging since it’s a crime that involves other crimes like assault and robbery. Muggers are typically charged with armed robbery if they used a weapon, aggravated robbery if they used a deadly weapon, or highway robbery if the incident occurred at or near a public road.  All of these are felony charges that may involve substantial prison time. Possible consequences for mugging include:

Imprisonment ranging from a year to life, depending on the relevant factors

  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Other Consequences of a Felony Conviction

What Should I Do If I’m Mugged?

If you are mugged, you should:

  • Immediately write down the mugger's description for identity purposes
  • File a police report immediately
  • Cancel credit cards (Visa, 800-847-2911; MasterCard, 800-627-8372; Amex, 800-528-4800; Discover, 800-DISCOVER)
  • Contact your bank
  • Contact your cell phone service provider
  • Change your locks (if your keys were stolen)
  • Learn from the experience

Are There Any Defenses to Mugging?

Mugging is considered a serious crime. Most defenses to mugging 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. Other defenses may be that the victim gave consent to the taking of the property and/or the victim was never placed into fear. The defendant may still be liable for other lesser-included charges such as larceny.

Any defenses to robbery should be utilized in a court of law and not with the police.

What Should I Do If I’m Accused of Mugging?

If you are accused of mugging then you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately since a felony can be a life changing conviction.