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When you are accused of robbery, it isn’t just some little theft charge that you face—this is a violent felony charge. The stakes are high when charged with robbery, and you could find yourself behind bars for many years if convicted. For this reason, you need someone on your side fighting for your best interest and working to help you avoid the direst consequences.
If you were arrested for robbery, you likely don’t feel like you’ve been given a fair shake thus far. The police and the prosecutor rarely act like they have your best interests in mind when you are the “suspect” of a felony charge. It’s your defense lawyer that will be your advocate, working to protect your rights and get you the best results possible on your day in court.
New York Robbery Laws and Penalties
The state of New York defines robbery as “forcible stealing”. It also says, the crime of robbery is committed when in the commission of a larceny, you use force or the threat of force to prevent them from resisting or to compel them to deliver the property in question.
The exact charge you face and the potential penalty depends both on the facts of the case and the evidence that the prosecution has against you.
Third Degree Robbery
Third degree robbery is the charge you will face if you forcibly steal property and it doesn’t fit the criteria for a more serious charge. This is a Class D Felony, which carries up to 7 years in prison.
Second Degree Robbery
Robbery in the second degree is defined as forcibly stealing property where:
- You are aided by another person,
- Someone is injured in the commission of the act,
- What appears to be a firearm is shown in the commission of the act, or
- The property in question is a motor vehicle (as in carjacking).
Second degree robbery is classified as a Class C Felony, which carries up to 15 years in prison.
First Degree Robbery
First degree robbery is when one of the following occurs during the forcible taking of property, either by you or someone assisting in the offense:
- Serious physical injury to an alleged victim,
- Being armed with a deadly weapon,
- Use or threat of the use of a dangerous instrument, or
- Displaying a firearm.
Robbery in the 1st degree is considered a Class B Felony and carries up to 25 years in prison.
The stakes are high when you are accused of an offense like this. Contact our offices today to discuss how we might be able to help.
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