Robbery involves the taking of property (theft) from another by force or threat of force. The degree of robbery (first and second degree) depends on the amount of force used. Robbery in either degree is a felony “crime of violence” and is a “strike offense” under the “Three Strikes, You’re Out” law that can result in mandatory life imprisonment upon a third conviction. Robberies committed with a weapon result in lengthy prison sentences upon conviction, with a mandatory penalty enhancement of an additional five years (with no “good time”) if a firearm is involved.
Many robberies are the result of desperate circumstances related to drug addiction, mental health issues, or other factors. A seasoned attorney can best defend these cases to avoid or reduce serious charges and lengthy incarceration through trial or negotiation when possible.