Robbery is a violent theft offense and is treated as a very serious crime by local officials. If you are accused of a robbery offense, you can expect to be treated as a potentially violent suspect. It can be difficult to feel like you are getting a fair shake when everyone seems to be treating you as if you are guilty. Fortunately, a criminal defense lawyer can be your advocate when up against circumstances like these.
Robbery is far more than a simple theft—there is a violent aspect to it. This is what makes the crime far more serious and the penalties more severe.
North Carolina Robbery Laws and Penalties
Under North Carolina law, robbery is defined using the common law definition which originated centuries ago. This definition states that robbery is:
The taking of the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of it with the use of force or the fear of force.
If you are accused of this offense and you do not use a firearm in the commission of it, you will be charged with a Class G Felony.
A Class G Felony is punishable by a presumptive sentence of 10 to 13 months if you have no criminal history. However, if you have a criminal record, your penalty can be far more severe.
The offense of armed robbery occurs when you are in the possession of a firearm or weapon and you use or threaten to use it in the commission of a robbery. This can occur in a home, in a bank, or any other setting, whether in the day or night.
Whether you were the primary actor or an accomplice, you can be charged with a Class D Felony for this offense.
A Class D Felony carries a potential presumptive 64-80 month prison sentence if you have no criminal history. If you have a criminal record, of course, that penalty could be even more serious.
When you work with a local criminal defense strategy, they will be able to assist you in determining the best course of action for your case, whether this means negotiating a plea agreement to avoid a prison sentence or fighting the charges at trial.
If you are accused of robbery, you need someone on your side who is interested in getting you out of this situation with minimal impact on your life. Contact our offices today to discuss how we might be able to help.