Any robbery offense involves an intentional taking of property directly from a person, and is considered a violent crime. Purse snatching is a common example of a robbery.
Robbery is a second-degree felony that carries a penalty of 2-20 years in prison. A person commits a robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, and with the intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, he either causes bodily injury to another person, or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death. This means that a robbery can take place just by talking – threatening someone to give up their property.
Aggravated Robbery is a first-degree felony that carries a penalty of 5-99 years, or life, in prison. A person commits an aggravated robbery if, in the course of committing a robbery, he causes serious bodily injury to another person, or he uses or exhibits a deadly weapon, or he causes any bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is 65 years of age or older or a disabled person. This means that an aggravated robbery can take place just by flashing a gun or knife, not even taking it out or pointing it at someone.
A person charged with robbery or aggravated robbery needs a strong defense out of the gate, since these penalties are quite severe. You need a criminal defense attorney who understands how to effectively attack eyewitness identification and lineup procedures used by the police. In my experience, these cases can be very witness-intensive and there are many areas in which the police can, and do, botch the investigation.
If you or a family member have been arrested or charged with any robbery offense, I can help you. Call me or email me directly from this page. Your initial consultation will be free of charge.