First, we need you to understand that robbery charges must be taken seriously. They cannot be treated as if they are simple theft charges. Robbery is a felony in Pennsylvania and prosecutors are going to do what they can to see the maximum punishment is given out.
At the SMT Legal, we want to help. When you need an Indiana County robbery attorney, our qualified and experienced team will get to work on defending you. Our goal is to get your charges reduced or have them thrown out altogether.
What Robbery Charges Mean For You
Let us stress that the crime of robbery is different than theft and comes with much harsher penalties when a person is found guilty. In Pennsylvania, you can expect that prosecutors will vigorously pursue these charges.
How do these charges differ from other theft crimes?
If during the commission of a theft a suspect is accused of injuring someone, threatening to injure someone, or uses force of any kind, they will face robbery charges. These charges will also be applied if a person commits a first- or second-degree felony in the process of committing a crime.
In Pennsylvania, robbery charges are broken down as follows:
- First-degree felony robbery (armed robbery)
- Occurs when someone inflicts serious bodily harm or threatens serious bodily harm during the theft. This charge also applies if a person commits an additional first- or second-degree felony during the commission of the theft.
- Penalties include up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Second-degree felony robbery (strong-arm robbery)
- Occurs when a bodily injury occurs or the threat of bodily injury was present during the commission of a theft.
- Penalties include up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Third-degree felony robbery
- Occurs when any force, no matter how slight, is used during the commission of a theft. No injury needs to be present for this charge to be applied.
- Penalties include up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Getting Some Help
We know that getting charged with robbery is terrifying. Please do not rely on an overworked public defender office. Your future is at stake. Robbery is a felony charge and can land you in prison for decades.
The team at the SMT Legal understands these cases and will get to work immediately on your behalf. We want to build your defense from the ground up by analyzing the evidence against you, listening to your story, and speaking with witnesses and law enforcement. There are various defense strategies that can be applied in these cases, including:
- Showing that there was no injury or threat of injury present
- Proving that there was no theft involved
- Proving that the defendant was entrapped or in an altered state of mind at the time the crime was committed