Robbery is a felony crime that occurs when an individual takes another’s property, usually through the use of force, or some other violent means. The penalties for a robbery conviction are harsh, and can have a lifelong impact. If you are facing robbery charges in Minnesota, you need a qualified and experienced attorney on your side.
Understanding Robbery Charges
Robbery is a violent theft crime that is typically prosecuted aggressively. In the state of Minnesota, robbery is charged as a felony, and carries penalties of up to 20 years in prison, and fines of up to $35,000. The exact penalty will depend on several factors, including:
- The level of threat present;
- The presence or use of a weapon; and
- Whether or not anyone is injured during the act.
Simple robbery occurs when the threat of force is used during theft. No physical injury has to occur, and usually no weapon will be present. A conviction for simple robbery can result in 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000.
When a weapon is involved, you can be charged with aggravated robbery in the first or second degree. If you are armed with a weapon, or cause bodily harm to an individual during the act of robbery, you can face a first-degree aggravated robbery charge. This is the most serious robbery charge, and carries the maximum penalties. If you imply you have a weapon, and no bodily injury occurs, you can be charged with second-degree robbery, which can result in up to 15 years in prison, and fines of $30,000.
Common types of robbery include:
- Car jacking;
- Hold-up, often at a business such as a convenience store; and
- Mugging someone.
Even if no one is injured, and the value of the property taken is small, you can still face a felony charge with long prison terms and hefty fines. Regardless of the circumstances, you shouldn’t fight the charge alone.
Robbery Defense Lawyer
The moment you are aware of robbery charges against you, it’s important to consult with an experienced defense lawyer. With the right lawyer on your side, you can minimize the impact of the charges – or even end up facing no charges at all. Your defense lawyer will gather the necessary evidence to argue your case, and help you get the best result possible.
A robbery conviction can have a long-term negative impact on your life. Even after you serve a prison sentence and pay a fine, you can still suffer the consequences. You may find it difficult to resume your normal life, or secure suitable employment. This can lead to serious financial burdens, and a low quality of life. Instead of fighting robbery charges by yourself, you need a lawyer to help.
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If you are charged with robbery, you need a solid defense attorney on your side. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have the experience and knowledge to make sure you get the best result possible. Our attorneys work hard on your behalf. Don’t let a robbery conviction affect the rest of your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our online form for a free consultation.