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Although the term “robbery” is sometimes used interchangeably with terms like “larceny” and “theft,” it is a different criminal offense that is usually more harshly punished. Unlike theft, robbery is always considered a felony offense. Certain aggravating circumstances may make it punishable by years behind bars for even a first-time offender.
Support from a Tolleson robbery lawyer can make a world of difference when contesting these allegations. Beyond just helping you build the strongest possible defense strategy and negotiating with court authorities on your behalf, your dedicated attorney can also represent you during initial investigations by law enforcement. At Grand Canyon Law Group, we will fight for you and your way of life throughout the legal proceedings.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1902, a person commits robbery if they use or threaten physical force to coerce a person into surrendering their property or discourage them from resisting the act of theft. It can take very little to meet these criteria under the strict letter of the law. For example, someone who elbows a person out of the way while taking their purse could face robbery charges.
Robbery, as defined by A.R.S. §13-1902, is a class 4 felony that can result in a prison sentence of one to 3.75 years for a first-time offender, depending on certain mitigating or aggravating circumstances. However, someone with a prior felony conviction would be subject to an enhanced sentencing range of 2.25 to 7.5 years. Anyone with two or more prior felony convictions might face between six and 15 years. A seasoned robbery attorney at our firm can further explain what sanctions a particular charge might carry during a private consultation.
If someone commits an act of robbery with aid from one or more accomplices present for the offense, they may face charges for aggravated robbery as defined under A.R.S. §13-1903. Since aggravated robbery is a class 3 felony, a first-time offender faces between two and seven years of imprisonment if convicted.
Armed robbery is defined by A.R.S. §13-1904 as someone committing robbery while armed with an actual or simulated deadly weapon, using or threatening to use such a weapon, or attempting to possess or successfully taking possession of such a weapon. This is an even more serious class 2 felony, for which the first-time offender sentencing range would be three to 12.5 years. As our experienced robbery lawyers in Tolleson can explain, both these offenses carry harsher penalties for repeat offenders.
Even if you did not cause someone harm while allegedly taking something from them, any perceived or actual threat to their safety during an act could upgrade your offense to a serious felony. Fighting charges like this is not something anyone should try to handle alone. Your freedom, future, and way of life are at stake.
A Tolleson robbery lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can provide the custom-tailored guidance you need to pursue a positive case outcome. Call our firm today to learn how we can fight for you.