Robbery is a class 4 felony that occurs when a person uses force or threatens a property owner in the course of taking property from that owner. It is considered a violent crime, different from other types of theft, and is a very serious offense which may result in harsh sentencing. Because robbery is violent in nature, even juveniles risk severe punishments if convicted. It is extremely important to seek expert legal assistance immediately if your child faces charges of robbery.
Types of robbery charges are defined by Arizona statutes:
When a defendant, in the course of committing a theft, threatens or uses force against a property owner for the purpose of taking property from the rightful owner. Robbery can also occur when the property is taken from someone who has lawful possession of the property but is not the property owner.
- Aggravated Robbery
Aggravated Robbery occurs when a person commits a robbery with an accomplice. Aggravated robbery is a class 3 felony.
- Armed Robbery
Armed robbery is the most serious count of robbery. A person commits armed robbery if during the course of a robbery, they or their accomplice is armed with a deadly weapon or simulated deadly weapon; or uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or simulated weapon. Armed robbery is a class 2 felony.
Robbery requires a rigorous defense
If your child is over 14 and is charged with robbery, especially armed robbery, he or she may be transferred to the adult legal system and face adult charges. Many factors play into the decision of the prosecution to try a minor in adult court. These include the age of the defendant when the crime was committed, prior criminal records, the severity of the offense, and the impact the crime had on its victim. In Arizona, even children under the age of 14 may be tried as adults for armed robbery if they have two or more prior convictions and children aged 15 and up are very likely to be charged as adults, regardless of prior criminal records.
Because in Arizona the prosecution has discretionary power over such a decision, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after your child’s arrest. With your child’s future at risk, only an experienced and aggressive defense will do. Jeremy Geigle of Jackson White Law will provide the strong defense necessary to preserve your child’s freedom or minimize the legal consequences for the child.
Jackson White Law serves Mesa, Phoenix, and the entire state of Arizona. If a child or adolescent you care about is facing this very serious charge, call today and ask for Jeremy Geigle. He is committed to protecting the rights of young people and helping them maneuver through the justice system with the least harm to their future prospects for a productive and meaningful life.