Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer Representing San Bernardino Clients Charged With Robbery
California state law takes robbery charges seriously. Robbery, in both the first- and second-degree, is considered a felony, meaning the penalties are severe. Fortunately, experienced criminal defense attorney Eric D. Davis understands how to defend your rights and prepare the most effective defense to secure you the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one is facing robbery charges, you need to contact Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law as soon as possible to make sure your interests, and your future, are protected.
Defining Robbery in California
Generally, robbery is defined as the illegal taking of property from someone else through force or fear. While the value of the property is not important, the tactics used to rob the person of their property, be they verbal threats or violent actions, matter. If you are convicted of robbery, you could face a sentence of up to give years in prison. If you used a weapon to intimidate or harm the victim, then you could face even more significant penalties.
Q: How will the prosecution prove that I am guilty of robbery?
A: In order to prove that you are guilty of robbery, the prosecution must demonstrate: 1) that you took property that was not your own; 2) that the property was taken from someone else against their will; 3) that you used force or fear to take the property or stop the victim from resisting; and 4) that when you forcefully took the property, you intended to keep it from the owner for a long period of time or permanently.
Q: What is the difference between robbery in the first degree and robbery in the second degree?
A: First degree robbery happens in a home, during a carjacking, or at an ATM machine. The penalty for a robbery in the first degree is a prison sentence of up to nine years. All other robberies are considered robbery in the second degree, and their penalties include a prison term of up to five years. Depending on whether you were armed at the time, the penalties can increase.
On Your Side
Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law is here to help you fight robbery charges so you can move on with your life. If you believe you honestly had a right to the property, we will help you explain your side of the story so that the charges can be lessened or dropped. No matter what the circumstances of your arrest were, we will stand by your side and provide you with a clear and honest understanding of your options. From there, we will employ the best possible strategy to help you achieve a successful outcome. Call us today to get started.