If you’ve been charged with robbery or you are being investigated for robbery, then you are most likely nervous and you are very uncertain about your future. This is completely normal because there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the charge and the situation in general. That is why you need a knowledgeable Phoenix robbery attorney by your side from the time you make the call to our office to the very end of the case. If you’ve been accused of robbery in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area it is important to give Myles A. Schneider & Associates a call before talking to the police.
Armed robbery Defined
In Arizona, armed robbery is a crime that is completed when property is taken by violence or through intimidation. Robbery becomes aggravated robbery when there may be an accomplice present in the act. These are very aggressively prosecuted offenses, so the prosecution will go for the maximum penalty.
As for how robbery is different from burglary, burglary involves breaking into and entering someone’s business, home, or their vehicle with the intent to commit a felony offense while inside that structure. Robbery is the use of force or fear in order to gain control over another person or their property. Because this is a victim’s crime, the courts view it much more harshly than crimes that don’t directly victimize a person.
However, there are not usually witnesses in a robbery or there are very few. This can be used as a defense strategy, depending upon how many witnesses there are and exactly what they saw when the robbery took place. The information in the case can help create a solid defense so that a favorable outcome can be achieved in the case.
There are different types of robbery. There is aggravated robbery and there is armed robbery. Aggravated robbery is when a person is accompanied by an accomplice and it is considered a Class 3 Felony. Armed robbery occurs when the act is committed with a weapon. This weapon can be a deadly weapon or a simulated weapon. This is a Class 2 Felony.
The penalties for robbery can include extensive jail time and/or fines and restitution. If the robbery charge is armed robbery and a person is convicted of such, then the prison term is one that can be quite lengthy because wielding a deadly weapon means invoking fear into people, thus threatening their lives even if there was no intent to hurt anyone; just scare them.
If you have been charged with robbery, then you do need an Arizona robbery lawyer to help you defend yourself against the charges so that you can move on with your life. Even if there is merit to the charge, the charges can be reduced. If there is insufficient evidence or doubt cast upon the evidence, then the case may be dismissed or you could be acquitted.
Contact A Phoenix Robbery Lawyer
Robbery is a very serious charge and one that can be difficult to live with. If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery, contact us 24/7 at 602-926-7373 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation.
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