Robbery and armed robbery are felony criminal charges. Conviction of a robbery charge results in prison, fines, and potential civil lawsuits.
While property crimes are not always notorious in nature, property crimes such as arson, robbery and extortion are considered to be very egregious. Prosecutors will intensely pursue convictions and the imposition of tough sentences. Depending upon the type of property crimes charges, and the circumstances of the case, a property crime could be a misdemeanor or a felony.
Robbery is a serious criminal charge.If you have been charged with robbery you should contact our robbery defense lawyers at 678-880-9360.
What constitutes robbery in Georgia? Essentially, a the act of robbery occurs when a person from another by means of intimidation, threat, force, or snatching. Without an element of intimidation, threat, force, or snatching, taking property that belongs to another would be dealt with as a theft crime.
Robbery Laws in Georgia
O.C.G.A. 16-8-40 addresses the charge of arson in the first degree. As written, the law specifically states:
- a. A person commits the offense of robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another:
- By use of force;
- By intimidation, by the use of threat or coercion, or by placing such person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or to another; or
- By sudden snatching.
- b. A person convicted of the offense of robbery shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.
- c. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code section, any person who commits the offense of robbery against a person who is 65 years of age or older shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 20 years.
Armed Robbery Laws in Georgia
O.C.G.A. 16-8-40 addresses the charge of armed robbery. As written, the law specifically states:
- (a) A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon. The offense of robbery by intimidation shall be a lesser included offense in the offense of armed robbery.
- (b) A person convicted of the offense of armed robbery shall be punished by death or imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 20 years.
- (c)(1) The preceding provisions of this Code section notwithstanding, in any case in which the defendant commits armed robbery and in the course of the commission of the offense such person unlawfully takes a controlled substance from a pharmacy or a wholesale druggist and intentionally inflicts bodily injury upon any person, such facts shall be charged in the indictment or accusation and, if found to be true by the court or if admitted by the defendant, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 15 years.
- (2) As used in this subsection, the term:
- (A) "Controlled substance" means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor in Schedules I through V of Code Sections 16-13-25 through 16-13-29.
- (B) "Pharmacy" means any place licensed in accordance with Chapter 4 of Title 26 wherein the possessing, displaying, compounding, dispensing, or retailing of drugs may be conducted, including any and all portions of any building or structure leased, used, or controlled by the licensee in the conduct of the business licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy at the address for which the license was issued. The term pharmacy shall also include any building, warehouse, physician's office, or hospital used in whole or in part for the sale, storage, or dispensing of any controlled substance.
- (C) "Wholesale druggist" means an individual, partnership, corporation, or association registered with the State Board of Pharmacy under Chapter 4 of Title 26.
- (d) Any person convicted under this Code section shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections 17-10-6.1 and 17-10-7.
Anyone charged with armed robbery is facing conviction of a crime that is one of the 1995 Seven Deadly Sins law. Under this law, a first offense of any of the seven crimes has a minimum sentence of 10 years without parole.
If You've Been Charged with Robbery
If you are under investigation for, or charged with, robbery you need to contact an arson defense lawyer. It's easy to set an appointment, meet and discuss your situation and possible outcomes. Give us a call at 678-880-9360 to arrange a consultation.