Individuals who have been charged with robbery may wonder what the charges include. Robbery charges are felony charges, which means they carry potentially stiff penalties, beginning with a possible year or more in prison. Robbery generally refers to the taking of property with the use of force or by causing injury.
To be convicted of robbery, it generally must be established that the accused individual committed certain elements of the crime of robbery. Elements of robbery include the taking of property of another with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. The property must also be taken against the property owner's will by the use of violence, intimidation or threat of force. Each element of the crime depends on the circumstances or situation.
Robbery is commonly considered a second-degree felony but can be considered a first-degree felony if a weapon was used in the crime. Because so much of a robbery charge, or any criminal charge, depends on the unique circumstances, it is important for individuals accused of committing a robbery to be familiar with their criminal defense options and rights.
A criminal defense strategy looks at all of the circumstances, including the treatment of the accused individual by authorities, when developing the best criminal defense response to the charges the accused individual is facing. Individuals accused of robbery can face long prison sentences and other potential penalties and consequences, which is why they should be familiar with the defense options available to them.
Source: FindLaw, "Robbery Overview," Accessed March 18, 2018