Get Legal Advice About Robbery Charges
An experienced attorney can help you fight robbery charges. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
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Whether in the Denver area or anywhere in Colorado, robbery is committed when a person knowingly takes anything of value from another by the use of force, threats or intimidation, and it is classified as a class 4 felony. Armed robbery is an aggravated form of robbery, is classified as a class 3 felony and is subject to mandatory minimum sentencing.
Possible Consequences For Robbery
Robbery is charged as a class 4 felony. If convicted of robbery, a person faces sentencing of: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 90 days, or up to a two-year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the Department of Corrections of two to six years, but as much as 12 years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of three years.
Aggravated robbery is charged as a class 3 felony. If convicted of aggravated robbery, a person faces sentencing of: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 90 days, or up to a two-year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the Department of Corrections of four to 12 years, but as much as 24 years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of five years.
Possible Defenses For Robbery
In the case of robbery, the defense may center on the fact that the person did not act with knowledge that the item was not his or hers or that he or she did have permission to take the item. We see cases where a person picks up what he or she believes is lost or abandoned property. Under these circumstances, the person may not realize that he taking the property of another.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a robbery case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. Many other defenses are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, such as biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo lineups and inaccurate crime scene/accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend you in an robbery case in Lakewood, Jefferson County, or across Colorado.