It is a specific intent crime of larceny committed by using a weapon in combination with the threat of force, actual force, or intimidation. Larceny is the unlawful taking and carrying away of a person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property.

An example of strong arm robbery is a person robbing a bank with the use of a firearm. Another example is using a weapon to force someone to hand over something of value, such as a money, wallet, purse, or vehicle.

Does Strong Arm Robbery Require a Gun?

No. A weapon used in robbery can be anything, such as a knife, baseball bat, or explosive.

Does the Weapon Need to Be Real?

No, a weapon used in a strong arm robbery can be fake. The fake weapon is treated the same as a real weapon if the victim reasonably believes that the weapon is real and that they will be harmed if they fail to comply to the robber’s demands.

What If the Property Taken Is Not Technically in the Victim’s Possession?

A victim does not have to be physically holding the property at the time it is taken from them. The property must be close enough to the victim and in their control in order for the robber to use intimidation or violence to obtain it.

What If the Property Is Dropped Right after It Is Taken?

For a theft crime to be considered a robbery, it must include the taking and carrying away of the person’s property. This means the robbery is complete after the individual acquires the property—even if it is only for a short period of time. In other words, if the robber takes the property and drops it later, the robber has still committed a robbery.

What Are the Penalties for Strong Arm Robbery?

This type of robbery is considered a felony, especially if a deadly weapon was used. Penalties differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but they may involve a:

  • Prison sentence ranging from three to 20 years
  • Fines
  • Loss of gun ownership privileges

Do I Need an Attorney for a Strong Arm Robbery Charge?

A felony strong arm robbery charge is serious. Contact a criminal attorney to understand more about the defenses available to you.