Robbery is defined as a form of theft that involves violence or some type of threatened violence, making any kind of robbery conviction one in which a defendant could face serious jail time.
In Arizona, robbery is broken into three distinct crimes:
Robbery, which is defined as the taking of another person’s property by using force of the threat of force, and against the victim’s will. In most cases, a defendant will be charged with a Class 4 felony and could face up to three years in prison.
Aggravated robbery carries the same burden of proof as a regular robbery, except that a defendant will commit the crime with one or more accomplices. Aggravated robbery is considered a Class 3 felony and can carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison.
Armed robbery involved the use of a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon. This means if a defendant uses a toy gun that appears to be a real gun, they can still be charged with armed robbery. This offense is charged as a Class 2 felony and can result in up to 10 years in prison.
In each of these types of crimes, mitigating or aggravating circumstances can result in a penalty that is less than the maximum or confirm that a convicted defendant should receive the maximum sentence. Much of the length of the sentence will be determined by how the judge perceives the facts of the case.
That’s why it is imperative to hire a skilled robbery attorney to represent you if you are charged with any form of robbery. An attorney can not only mount a defense that may result in an acquittal, they may also be able to negotiate a lesser sentence when an acquittal is not possible.
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