Robberies are essentially an assault coupled with a theft of property. If force is used to take property from a person or in the person’s presence, then a robbery occurs. Robberies, already considered crimes of violence, become more serious depending on what kind of force is used.
Simple robbery occurs when someone simply takes someone else’s property from their person, or in their presence. A burglary or theft can turn into a robbery just by the victim being nearby when the event occurs. Because robbery is a much more serious crime than theft, the punishment can be much greater.
Aggravated robbery occurs when a suspect uses a deadly weapon (or something believed to be a weapon) or causes serious bodily injury during the robbery. Aggravated robbery is considered a dangerous offense and carries a non-parolable 8 year minimum sentence if convicted.
Especially aggravated robbery occurs when a deadly weapon is used and causes serious bodily injury. Even more serious than aggravated robbery, especially aggravated robbery carries a non-parolable 15 year minimum sentence if convicted.
Carjacking is another type of robbery that is set apart from the rest. When someone takes a vehicle from another occupying the vehicle, a carjacking occurs. The vehicle need not belong to the person occupying it at the time.
A list of robbery offenses and their classifications and sentence ranges are as follows:
|Robbery||Class C Felony||3-15 years; up to $10,000|
|Aggravated Robbery||Class B Felony||8-30 years; up to $25,000|
|Especially Aggravated Robbery||Class A Felony||15-60 years; up to $50,000|
|Carjacking||Class B Felony||8-30 years; up to $25,000|
Robbery defenses are usually fact based. This means that a proper investigation must take place in order to provide for a proper defense. Our attorneys can advise you as to what information will be needed in order to put on the best defense in your case.
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