A Focus on Robbery to Differentiate Robbery and Burglary
Generally, robbery is a more serious offense than burglary and the penalties are often harsher than burglary penalties. The degree of the robbery charge depends on the specifics of the offense, including the severity of harm or injury inflicted on others. An aggressive Glen Burnie and Columbia robbery attorney will provide you the best defense possible. If you are convicted you can face serious prison time. Do not risk your freedom with just any lawyer, hire the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA. Let us use our extensive experience fighting felony charges to try and reduce or dismiss the robbery charges against you.
Definition of Robbery
The definition of robbery is the intentional taking of property or services belonging to another using force or threatening force with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. The maximum punishment for robbery under the Maryland criminal code has a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. Under criminal law in Maryland, attempted robbery and robbery are treated the same. Therefore, an attempted robbery sentence carries the same maximum prison term of robbery, 15 years.
What is Armed Robbery
Armed robbery is robbery that is executed with a deadly or dangerous weapon that is capable of causing severe bodily harm or death. Firearms, knives, and other fatal weapons are considered dangerous weapons.
A person can face armed robbery charges if he produces a note that claims he is in possession of a lethal weapon. The armed robbery charge will remain even if the dangerous weapon is never used or if the person never possessed a weapon at all. Armed robbery carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Additional charges will be filed for using a handgun during the commission of a violent crime. These charges carry a mandatory 5 year minimum prison sentence without parole and a 20 year maximum sentence. These penalties are in addition to a charge of robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon.
An experienced attorney can use several strategies to defend your case. Common defenses include lack of evidence to positively identify the person charged and a lack of physical evidence to corroborate the charge such as fingerprints or DNA. The accuracy of eyewitness identification is heavily relied on in robbery cases but the effectiveness of this method is often questioned. Other defenses include:
- Police Misconduct
- Actual Innocence
Seek an Attorney Now if You Have Been Charged with Robbery
If you are facing robbery charges in Maryland, hire a relentless, driven attorney. A skilled criminal defense attorney will examine all of the evidence in detail and use it in your favor to try and scale down the felony robbery charges to lesser offenses. Lesser offenses have decreased punishments and shorter prison time. Determining the best defense to your specific case is essential. Contact a Glen Burnie or Columbia criminal robbery defense attorney to allow sufficient time for the attorney to analyze the evidence and cultivate a compelling defense. Your initial consultation with the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA is free. Our attorneys have the skill and experience to develop the strongest defense possible for your case.