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Robbery is a felony and can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Robbery is essentially a taking of property, from another, by force or threat of force. The amount of force used or threatened will determine how the robbery is graded. Most simple purse snatchings should be graded as a third degree felony while robberies involving the threat of serious injury may be graded as 1st degree felonies.
Two common defenses to robbery are misidentification and disputing the level of threat or force used. Often there is no suspect caught on the scene during a robbery and the state must rely on identifications made by the victim. Contrary to popular belief, eyewitness identification is a relatively unreliable form of evidence. This is especially true when the identifier is also the victim of a crime.
Although the slightest threat or amount of force may create a robbery, the extent of that force or threat has a dramatic impact on the grading of the offense and thus the severity of sentencing. Even if the state can prove that a defendant has a committed a robbery they may be overcharging and subjecting that person to a harsher sentence than he or she should be liable for.
However, as with most criminal charges, the best defense can only be arrived at after careful consideration of all the details of the case with your attorney.
(a) Offense defined.--
(1) A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of
committing a theft, he:
(i) inflicts serious bodily injury upon another;
(ii) threatens another with or intentionally puts
him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury;
(iii) commits or threatens immediately to commit any
felony of the first or second degree;
(iv) inflicts bodily injury upon another or
threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear
of immediate bodily injury; or
(v) physically takes or removes property from the
person of another by force however slight.
(2) An act shall be deemed "in the course of committing
a theft" if it occurs in an attempt to commit theft or in
flight after the attempt or commission.
(b) Grading.--Robbery under subsection (a)(1)(iv) is a
felony of the second degree; robbery under subsection (a)(1)(v)
is a felony of the third degree; otherwise, it is a felony of
the first degree.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a felony of the first
degree if he steals or takes a motor vehicle from another person
in the presence of that person or any other person in lawful
possession of the motor vehicle.
(b) Sentencing.--The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing,
pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. § 2154 (relating to adoption of
guidelines for sentencing), shall provide for a sentencing
enhancement for an offense under this section.
As a criminal defense law firm, We work diligently to find evidence that will support our client's innocence and establish a reasonable doubt that they are guilty of robbery. As your defense attorney, we meticulously review police reports and eyewitness statements. We conduct own witness interviews and track down information that can help in obtaining a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney regarding your Robbery charges, contact our office today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.