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Robbery in the Lehigh Valley

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.

 

Robbery as defined by Pennsylvania Law

Robbery - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3701

(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.

 

Robbery of motor vehicle - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3702

 

        (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.

 

Robbery Charges in the Lehigh Valley

Northampton & Lehigh County Valley Robbery Defense Attorney

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.

 

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To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney regarding your Robbery charges, contact our office today.

 

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