Most states will define a robbery as larceny or theft of money or property using fear or physical force. A robbery charge involves personal property, the intent to steal, and the use of intimidation, violence, or force. These elements are in most cases, which are not very hard for a prosecution to prove.
To guarantee an acquittal, it is imperative to hire attorneys, such as those from The Law Office of Troy P. Owens, Jr., to handle your case. The severity of your robbery charge depends on its degree. Here are the standard robbery degrees:
This happens when the defendant uses an offensive weapon or force to take another person’s property. In most states, third-degree robberies are classified as class D felonies and attract a jail sentence of up to seven years. Other states will consider the defendant’s criminal history when sentencing and enhancements in the charges such as assault with the offensive weapon during the burglary.
This happens when the accused commits a robbery with an accomplice or if he or she uses a deadly weapon to commit the crime. In a few states, vehicle theft is classified as second-degree robbery. A second-degree robbery conviction carries a jail sentence of up to 15 years and is deemed a strike in most states’ three-strikes law.
If someone is seriously injured in the course of a robbery, this is elevated into a first-degree robbery charge. It may also happen if a lethal weapon is used to threaten the robbery victim. First-degree robbery charges are deemed class B felonies and attract a jail time of six to 20 years.
Even a failed robbery attempt can be tried as a felony and attracts imprisonment of up to 15 years. Based on your case, there are different strategies that might get you an acquittal from the above robbery degrees. Plea deals that reduce or eliminate imprisonment and reduced robbery degrees are some of the common ones.