Like most other states, Arizona treats the act of criminal theft differently if it is accomplished through actual or threatened physical force. This type of offense, defined as “robbery” under state law, is classified as a higher-degree felony than most theft offenses and can result in harsher sanctions upon conviction—especially for people with one or more felony convictions already on their record.
If you are accused of this offense, you need strong legal counsel from a seasoned attorney to achieve a favorable resolution. Let a New River robbery lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group represent you from start to finish of your case. Our legal team will tirelessly advocate on your behalf and work to mitigate the impact on your way of life.
Two forms of robbery are defined in the Arizona Revised Statutes, both of which are felony offenses. The more basic form of this offense, a class 4 felony, is addressed under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1902. This involves threatening or using force against someone else to coerce them into giving up their property against their will or prevent them from resisting. Any physical act directed at the person being robbed may qualify as “force” in this context.
If someone is accused of robbery with assistance from one or more accomplices present during the alleged act, the offense becomes class 3 felony aggravated robbery as per A.R.S. §13-1903. If either the alleged robber or their accomplice is armed with a deadly weapon, brandishes a convincing replica of such a weapon, or uses or threatens to use any such weapon during the offense, it becomes class 2 felony armed robbery under A.R.S. §13-1904. A knowledgeable attorney at our firm can further explain the differences between these types of robbery charges.
Robbery and aggravated robbery are both considered non-dangerous felonies, which means they are governed by the sentencing ranges established under A.R.S. §§13-702 and 13-703. A first-time offender convicted of robbery may face a prison term between one and 3.75 years in length, depending on mitigating or aggravating circumstances. Someone with one prior felony conviction would be subject to between 2.25 and 7.5 years in prison. The equivalent ranges for aggravated robbery would be two to 8.75 years for a first-time offender and 3.5 to 16.25 years for a second-time offender. Even higher ranges would apply to offenders with two or more past convictions.
Notably, armed robbery is considered a “dangerous” felony, which means the sentencing guidelines set out by A.R.S. §13-704 would apply. As our skilled robbery lawyers in New River can explain, a first-time offender could face anywhere from seven to 21 years of imprisonment upon conviction. Ranges increase to 14 to 28 years for second-time offenders and 21 to 35 years for defendants with two or more past convictions.
Robbery charges can make for complex criminal cases, particularly if you have prior felony convictions. In situations like this, support from an experienced attorney with a track record of success is vital to protect your freedom, future, and way of life.
At Grand Canyon Law Group, a New River robbery lawyer can provide the tailored guidance you need to defend your rights. Call today to set up a consultation with a dedicated member of our team.