Fighting Against a Charge of Robbery
Using extreme force, threats, and/or intimidation against someone to obtain property is the crime of robbery. It is unlike burglary because it is a face-to-face confrontation. Robbery is a very serious felony offense in the state of New York that will require the immediate attention of a criminal defense attorney.
At Pappalardo & Pappalardo, LLP, we have the qualifications that are needed to face prosecutors concerning any type of robbery charge. We will provide you with excellent legal skill and intelligent representation for your New York robbery case throughout the entire legal process.
What is Robbery and What Are the Possible Penalties?
In New York, a person can be charged with robbery, aggravated robbery, or armed robbery.
Robbery is a very personal crime that involves instilling fear in and/or force against a victim before, during, or after the commission of a property crime. Aggravated robbery involves robbery that results in great bodily injury, having an accomplice present, and/or by use of a weapon. One or all three components must be present to face an aggravated robbery charge.
Armed robbery is the most dangerous form of robbery and involves the use or threat of use of a weapon or simulated weapon. All three types of robbery offenses are major felonies in New York and will be aggressively pursued by prosecutors and law enforcement.
In New York, robbery is legally classified as a first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, or third degree robbery. A person will be charged according to the circumstances surrounding the robbery that took place. In addition, if a vehicle is involved during the commission of a robbery, carjacking may also be charged. All three classifications of robbery may result in a jail or prison sentence, restitution, fines, community service, probation, or parole. In some instances, a robbery conviction may also result in a lifetime sentence behind bars.