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Robbery is the forceful taking of someone else’s property.
Robbery Sudden Snatching is when an individual is walking down the street, and someone grabs the individual's purse. That is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Most robberies are the classic walk into the bank with a note asking for money or a convenience store hold up demanding money. If you use a weapon or even the threat that you have a weapon, you can be charged Robbery. Even if you lied about having a weapon. If the weapon used in a robbery is a firearm, you can be charged with a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.
Robbery crimes may come with mandatory minimum terms of incarceration.
If you have been charged with a robbery crime, you need an attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. There are many nuances about robbery crimes that can both escalate the charges or have the charges reduced, or even thrown out. One of the nuances is the difference between robbery and attempted robbery. If you were not successful in the taking of property, you should not be charged with robbery, but attempted robbery. This could mean a world of difference in any potential plea deal, the reduction of charges, receiving probation instead of jail or prison time.
You also want an attorney who will put all scientific evidence under a microscope to hold the prosecution to their burden of proving the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This could include, DNA, video camera footage, fingerprint evidence, and even witness statements.