Maryland Man Faces Charges for Attempting to Rob Gas Station
Gas stations are not always safe places. While everyone has to go to the gas station from time to time to put gas in their car, these places are prone to robberies and other crimes.
A Maryland man was recently arrested after attempting to rob Carroll Mart on the morning of September 19. The 23-year-old man is accused of robbery, armed robbery and first-degree assault. All are felony charges.
The Westminster man, who lives on Eckard Court, entered the convenience store and told the clerk that he had a gun. He demanded cash from the clerk, but fled the scene before taking it.
Westminster police found the man a short distance from Carroll Mart. He was identified based on the store’s surveillance video. He was placed under arrest. He is currently being held without bail. A bail review was set for the following day.
Types of Robbery Charges
There are several types of robbery charges. Robbery is a type of theft that uses or threatens force. It is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Many robbery incidents involve assault or violence. In these cases, a person can face aggravated charges.
It is important to understand that robbery and attempted robbery are treated the same. Even a failed robbery attempt can lead to serious charges and prison time.
Armed robbery is another robbery charge in Maryland. It refers to robbery with a dangerous weapon, such as a gun or knife. However, any object that can be used to cause bodily harm or death can be considered a weapon.
If a person tells a store or bank clerk that they have a weapon, or they display a note stating that they have a weapon, but they in reality do not have a weapon in their possession, they can still be charged with armed robbery. The maximum sentence is 20 years, although the use of a handgun can aggravate the charges.
Carjacking is another type of robbery. This involves using force or violence to hijack a vehicle from its owner. Carjacking is the most serious type of robbery, resulting in up to 30 years in prison.
These penalties are stiff, but in many cases, there are options for plea deals and reduced charges. Your lawyer may be able to work with the prosecutor to reduce your charges and even eliminate prison time. For example, robbery can sometimes be downgraded to a theft charge. There may be options to reduce charges from felonies to misdemeanors, especially if you’re a first-time offender. By being proactive and taking steps to remedy the situation ahead of time, you can prevail. Consult with a lawyer to understand your options.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Robbery is a felony that can result in many years in prison. If you are accused of such a crime, get the best defense early.
The Columbia robbery & burglary attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you with your case, whether or not you go to trial. Schedule a free consultation today. Call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form.