Theft is a significant criminal charge, but allegations of robbery are even more serious. Under state law, robbery is a felony offense regardless of how it occurs, and aggravating circumstances can add even more severe penalties upon conviction.
No matter what type of charges you are facing, a Mesa robbery lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you pursue the best possible resolution to your case. Our experienced defense attorneys can ensure the prosecution does not violate your rights and work to preserve your future prospects.
There are two primary factors that differentiate theft from robbery under Arizona state law. According to Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1902, an act of theft becomes an act of robbery when a person threatens or uses force to take someone else’s property.
As per A.R.S. §13-1901, “force” describes any physical act committed or threatened by the alleged thief. On the other hand, a “threat” is a verbal or physical act that causes another person to reasonably fear “imminent physical injury.”
The prosecution must prove these elements to get a conviction for robbery. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our Mesa attorneys are former prosecutors and understand how to successfully contest robbery accusations no matter the specific circumstances.
Robbery is a class 4 felony, so a conviction for these charges could result in up to 3.75 years of imprisonment if the accused has no prior felony convictions. If there is a criminal history, the prison ranges increase significantly. Unlike general theft offenses, the financial value of the property taken during an alleged robbery has no impact on the severity of the charges.
Furthermore, state law outlines other forms of robbery that can result in even harsher consequences upon conviction. Under A.R.S. §13-1903, aggravated robbery is when someone commits robbery along with at least one accomplice. This is a class 3 felony that could lead to 8.75 years of imprisonment upon conviction for a first-time offender. Again, if there are prior felony convictions, the prison ranges are far higher.
A.R.S. §13-1904 defines armed robbery as any act of robbery where the perpetrator or an accomplice possesses, uses, or threatens to use a deadly weapon or a simulation of one. This is a class 2 felony punishable by 3 to 12.5 years in prison if the accused has no prior felony convictions.
Because the consequences are so severe, it is crucial for anyone facing aggravated or armed robbery charges to call a seasoned attorney in their area. Our skilled local attorneys work tirelessly to protect your freedom and reputation from these damaging robbery charges.
No matter the circumstances, robbery is always a felony offense in Arizona, meaning that even a first offense can have life-altering consequences. If you are facing these charges, retaining a Mesa robbery lawyer should be your highest priority.
At Grand Canyon Law Group, we believe that you have a way of life worth protecting. It is your right to secure the best legal defense and fight the charges against you. Using our years of experience, our dedicated attorneys are ready to help pursue a positive resolution to your case and mitigate or avoid the potential penalties. Learn more about your options by calling today.