Many people believe that theft, burglary, and robbery are all the same crime. However, under Maryland law, they are very different, and each has its own laws regarding the acts. That is why it is important that you are aware of these laws and their consequences. When one commits a robbery, it is a serious offense, which can result in a lifetime of penalties and burdens. If you need to know more about how robbery is treated in Maryland, please read on and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
In the state of Maryland, a robbery is defined as a defendant intentionally taking the property or services of another person, through the use of force or threat of force, with the intent to deprive the owner of his or her property permanently. When a defendant commits the same acts as a regular robbery except with the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon that constitutes an armed robbery. Dangerous or deadly weapons include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A firearm of any sort
- Baseball bat
- Any other weapon capable of causing injury or death
The state of Maryland considers a robbery conviction a felony. A conviction for robbery can result in up to 15 years in prison and being ordered to pay substantial fines and restitution to the victim. A conviction for armed robbery can result in up to 20 years in prison in addition to hefty fines and restitution to the victim.
Those who are facing robbery charges should engage the services of a skilled Maryland criminal defense lawyer to protect them from an uncertain future. A qualified attorney can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the case to determine all possible defenses to the charges. Depending on the unique circumstances of the case, a criminal defense attorney can present the following defenses:
- Actual innocence: The defendant did not commit the crime or offense for which he or she was charged.
- Entrapment: The defendant was induced or persuaded to commit the crime.
- Duress: Like entrapment; however, duress by another person on the defendant must be present, imminent, and impending and of such a nature as to induce well-grounded apprehension of death or serious bodily injury if the act is not done.
- Lack of positive identification of the suspect: The prosecution has failed to confirm beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed a crime.
- Police misconduct: The defendant was wrongfully coerced or incriminated by the police.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.