When someone forcefully or under the threat of force takes someone else's property or obtains their service, it is known as robbery. In Maryland, if the robbery is committed with a dangerous weapon, the penalties are even more serious. Under criminal law, robbery is a felony, which means it is a serious crime and carries with it serious penalties.
A felony charge should be taken very seriously. Not only does a felony carry a long prison sentence, but it also affects every aspect of the accused's life. The person carries a permanent record and cannot work in certain jobs. In addition to this, they might not be able to vote until they are released from prison or ever own a firearm again. Lastly, if the accused is not a legal citizen of America, they may face deportation.
In Maryland, robbery is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and if there is a firearm involved, with 20 years in prison. The sentence determined by the judge will depend on a variety of factors, one of which can be the legal defense a party mounts.
If someone is charged with robbery in Maryland, they should take these charges very seriously and consider the impact they could have on the rest of their life. Felonies can include robbery, sexual offenses or murder changes. Challenging different aspects of the prosecution's case and the evidence they have collected can go a long way in fighting criminal charges. In other instances, a plea bargain may be more suitable. An experienced attorney can guide Maryland residents through the process based on their individual circumstances.
Source: General Assembly of Maryland, "s 3-402," Accessed on June 7, 2016