Armed robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat with the use of a weapon. Due to the potential for harm caused to others, armed robbery is punished quite severely if found guilty in a court of law. When an individual uses a weapon in conjunction with a robbery - whether or not it is used - law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges may immediately assume that the individual intended to use that weapon. It is understood by law enforcement that the weapon would have been used should there have been a situation that arose which called for its use.
Even the use of toy or replica weapons is included in this because individuals involved may not be aware of their lack of working order. It is also possible to be convicted of armed robbery even if you did not have a weapon. For example, if someone were to keep their hand in their jacket and cause someone to believe they have a weapon, then that person could be convicted of armed robbery. Armed robbery is a serious crime, and not just a misdemeanor, but a felony.
Penalties For Armed Robbery in Georgia
Penalties for armed robbery range drastically and depend on the severity of the case:
- Depending on the circumstance, armed robbery can result in up to 20 years of prison, life imprisonment, or even the death penalty.
- If you have a felony conviction anywhere in the United States and are convicted of a felony in Georgia, you will receive the maximum sentence.
- In addition, if you have three prior felony convictions from anywhere in the U.S., then you must serve the maximum sentence without the possibility of parole. If you are convicted of a violent armed robbery, then you can be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Due to the serious penalties in cases of armed robbery and the unforgiving attitude towards suspected offenders, it is absolutely essential that you contact our federal criminal defense attorneys the moment you learn you've been charged with such an offense.
Defending Armed Robbery Charges
For armed robbery charges to apply, it is critical to the prosecution that they establish that a weapon was intended to be used. As your criminal defense attorney, we will work to show that any weapon you may have had in your possession was never intended for use. This allows us to seek to have the charges and penalties reduced. If you are caught carrying a firearm during an armed robbery, whether the firearm is loaded or not can have an effect on the outcome of your case. With more than 55 years of combined experience, our knowledgeable legal team will build a compelling defense on your behalf and fight to avoid a conviction. The legal team understands that it is your future we are fighting for.
Contact Our Armed Robbery Defense Lawyer Today
At Weintraub & Alper Legal, we will steadfastly employ whatever legal measures are necessary to pursue a not-guilty verdict and seek to have your case resolved to your advantage. Our Atlanta armed robbery attorneys will work aggressively on your side and may be able to have your charges reduced or even dismissed if you contact us as soon as possible after receiving your charges.
Contact Weintraub & Alper Legal today to get started on your defense with our Atlanta armed robbery attorney.
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