Robbery is not just a theft crime; it is a violent crime. It’s because of this that it is treated much more seriously in the criminal courts of Arizona. If you are accused of robbery you can expect to be treated as a violent suspect, by the police and by the prosecutor. It can feel like no one is on your side and that fair treatment might not even be possible.
The truth is, your attorney may be the only person in the system that wants to see you receive a positive resolution on your case. Your attorney is your staunchest ally during this time as you face potential prison time and a dramatically different life.
Whether you admit that you made a mistake and now wish you could put it all behind you, or if you believe you are innocent of the charges—we can help. Having represented clients in all sorts of situations, we know each case is different and are committed to giving yours the individualized treatment it deserves.
Arizona Robbery Laws and Penalties
Under Arizona statutes, there are three different classifications of robbery: robbery, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery. The charge you face depends on the evidence that the prosecutor has. The sentence you face, of course depends on the exact charge that is levied against you.
The basic crime of robbery is defined as the taking of property of another person against their will with force or the threat of force to coerce that person to surrender the property or prevent them from resisting.
If you commit robbery, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony. This felony carries 18 months to 3 years in prison.
Aggravated robbery is a Class 3 felony, carrying a potential 2 to 7 years in prison. You could face this charge if it’s believed that you committed robbery and had one or more accomplice present.
Every accomplice present can face this same charge, regardless of their role in the robbery.
Armed robbery is the most serious robbery charge, it is classified as a Class 2 felony. If convicted, you could face 4 to 10 years in prison with a presumptive sentence of 5 years. You could face this charge if you commit robbery as defined above and use a deadly weapon or simulated deadly weapon in the process.
When you are faced with the prospect of a prison sentence, things can be quite scary. Whether you admit you robbed someone and you are looking for a more lenient sentence or if you want help clearing your name—contact me today to discuss the details and how we might be able to help.