Strong arm robbery occurs when a defendant uses force or threat of force against the victim during a robbery when the victim has resisted the robbery.

As an example: if a man tries to snatch a woman’s purse and she then tries to pull the purse out of his hands, she has resisted him. If he responds by pushing her in order to cause her to lose her grip, he has used force against her. This now becomes a strong arm robbery.

What Is the Difference between Robbery and Theft?

A theft occurs simply when one person takes an item from another without permission and with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of access to or use of that item. For example, stealing a pack of gum from the convenience store is theft.

The theft of an item becomes robbery when the defendant applies force or threat of force while stealing the item. For example, brandishing a knife and demanding that a person hand over his cell phone is robbery.

Potential Sentence for Strong Arm Robbery

In most states, strong arm robbery is a felony. Felonies usually contain severe sentences, such as mandatory minimums regarding prison time and fines. Robbery is often categorized as the lowest level felony or a Class 4 felony. This type of felony is associated with the most lenient maximum penalties. However, the additional force associated with strong arm robbery bumps it to the next category of felony. Thus defendants charged with strong arm robbery face steeper penalties for fighting against the victim during the robbery.

Potential sentences for strong arm robbery might include lengthy jail time, probation or a combination of jail time and parole.

Seeking Legal Help

If you have been arrested for strong arm robbery, it is imperative that you hire a skilled criminal lawyer to explain the charges to you, counsel you on your legal options, and advocate for your best interests in court.