Any type of robbery charge in the state of California is serious. If you or a loved one have been charged with robbery or a related charge, consider securing legal assistance as soon as possible. The penalties for being convicted of robbery charges can be severe.
Under California law, robbery is defined under Penal Code 211. There, robbery is defined as “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.
There are various ways in which a person can face robbery charges. Some are obvious, while others are less obvious. All of the following, and more, could be considered robbery:
Penalties for robbery in California vary depending on the specific charges. In California, there are two types of robbery – first degree and second degree.
Robbery charges can become “aggravated” in several ways that can result in enhanced sentences. For example, if a person causes great bodily harm to an individual while committing the robbery or attempting escape, they could face an additional six years in prison. Intentional use and firing of a gun in the commission of a robbery could result in life prison if it caused someone great bodily harm.
Robbery is punishable under California’s “Three Strikes” law. If a person already has two serious or deadly felonies on their record and then they commit robbery, they could face a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Prosecutors need to prove the following elements in order to secure a robbery conviction:
Everyone has the right to defend themselves in a court of law when they are charged with robbery. A defendant’s attorney will work to prove that their client: