Criminal Defense - Robbery Defense
Are you facing robbery charges in Connecticut?
Robbery is a form of theft crime that is not taken lightly in the State of Connecticut. Regardless of what degree of robbery you commit, it is still considered a felony, which means you may be facing harsh legal penalties and a mark on your permanent record if convicted. To ensure you do not obtain the cruelest punishments from your robbery case, hire a successful criminal defense lawyer from Dolan Law Firm today. Michael Dolan has extensive criminal defense experience and has helped a myriad of clients minimize or eliminate their criminal charges. Obtain the aggressive criminal defense you deserve by calling our firm today!
Robbery vs. Theft
Robbery is considered taking an item from a person (larceny) via force or the threat of force. An individual cannot commit this type of theft without taking something from a person in a violent manner.
Any of the following actions can be considered violence:
- Snatching property from a person
- Threatening or coercing a victim
- Using physical force such as kicking or hitting
- Placing the victim in fear of serious injury
If you threaten someone, said threat doesn’t have to be explicitly stated. Flashing a gun or knife can be considered a violent threat.
In comparison, theft is defined as taking someone’s property without said owner’s consent and with the intention of never returning said property to the rightful owner. For one to commit theft, they must take tangible property away from a person with the intent to permanently deprive them of said property. However, obtaining said property does not have to include force.
Types of Robbery & Their Penalties
Individuals can be charged with multiple types of robbery in Connecticut, depending on the specific circumstances of the alleged offense. However, all degrees of this crime include severe legal consequences such as jail time and extortionate fines, as well as a mark on your permanent record. Here is an overview, as outlined in the General Statutes of Connecticut §53a-134 through §53a-136a (2013):
Robbery in the first degree – Class B felony
A standard sentence for robbery in the first degree is 1-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. A person can be convicted of robbery in the first degree if at some point during the robbery or in fleeing from the scene, one or more of the following occurs:
(a) the robber causes an individual not participating in the crime to be seriously injured
(b) the robber is armed with a deadly weapon
(c) the robber uses or threatens the use of a dangerous instrument or facsimile firearm (re: deadly weapons)
Robbery in the second degree – Class C felony
The standard sentence for robbery in the second degree is 1-10 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000. A person can be convicted of robbery in the second degree if they commit robbery and:
(a) are aided by another person who is present
(b) while committing the crime or fleeing from the scene, threaten the use of a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument
(c) intentionally intimidate an employee of a bank, Connecticut credit union, or federal credit union, while on the premises of the associated building
Robbery in the third degree – Class D felony
The sentence for robbery in the third degree is 1-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. This type of robbery typically does not involve any injuries, and the robber commits the act alone. Simply put, a person is guilty of robbery in the third degree when they only commit robbery – larceny via force.
Robbery involving an occupied motor vehicle
A person may be convicted of this crime if they commit robbery by stealing a motor vehicle owned by someone else, knowing that another person is presently in the car. The sentence is a mandatory 3 years in prison in addition to any other sentences imposed for the offense.
Don’t Wait – Get Representation Now!
If you have committed robbery and are now facing criminal charges, we at Dolan Law Firm are ready to help you today.
Do not handle your robbery case on your own, as it is incredibly difficult to minimize or eliminate criminal charges without the assistance of a highly skilled theft crimes attorney. Michael Dolan has represented many individuals facing robbery charges and can help you successfully resolve your case. Contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.