There are many people who believe that theft, burglary, and robbery are all the same crime. They are different, however, and have their own laws regarding the acts. It is important to be aware of these laws and their consequences. When a person commits robbery, it is a serious offense that can result in lifelong burdens because of their actions. It is because of this that it is important to retain the help of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney when facing these situations.
What is Considered Robbery?
The state of Maryland defines robbery as when the defendant intentionally takes the property or services of another person through the use of force or threat of force with the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently. An armed robbery occurs when the defendant commits the same acts as regular robbery but with the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon. This can include a firearm, knife, baseball bat, or any other weapon that can cause injury or death.
What are the Penalties?
In the state of Maryland, a robbery conviction is considered a felony charge. This can result in up to 15 years in prison as well as certain fines and restitution to the victim. An armed robbery conviction is also considered a felony charge. However, this can result in 20 years in prison as well as a fine and restitution to the victim. There is also the possibility for subsequent offer penalties.
What are Possible Defenses to Robbery?
Individuals who are facing robbery charges should retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect them from an uncertain future. A proper attorney can assess the case to discover all possible defenses to the charges. Depending on the case, this can include the following defenses:
- Actual innocence
- Lack of positive identification of the suspect
- Police misconduct
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime or have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.