When a person is attempting to steal something or does steal something and they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly either cause injury to another person or place the person in fear of injury or death, it can be considered robbery instead of theft. In some cases, this can be considered aggravated and result in higher penalties if the person is convicted. When a person is arrested and charged with robbery, it’s important for them to understand what they’re being charged with and how it might affect them.
Committing A Robbery
A robbery is done during a theft and includes any instance where the victim is injured or is in fear of being seriously injured or killed. This is a second-degree felony charge and comes with potential penalties of between two and ten years in prison and fines ranging up to $10,000 if the person is convicted. Robbery doesn’t include the use of a weapon and any injuries are done or threaten during the commission of the theft to qualify as a robbery charge.
When the Charges Include Aggravated or Armed Robbery
Aggravated or armed robbery includes committing a robbery and causing serious injury to another person, using or displaying a weapon during the robbery, or when the victim is over 65 years old or disabled. Armed robbery is a type of aggravated robbery though this charge can be given even if the person doesn’t have a weapon on them at the time. These charges fall under a first-degree felony which can include up to 99 years on prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Due to the seriousness of both of these charges, a person who is charged with any robbery charge is going to want to speak with a lawyer immediately to get help. They are going to want to hire someone who will carefully inspect every aspect of the case to see if anything can be done and who will fight for their rights to be sure they receive a fair trial. A person who has been arrested and charged with robbery can contact Vinas & Graham today for a consultation to see what can be done for their case.