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The Sanders Firm, P.C.: Robbery

On this page, The Sanders Firm, P.C. looks at robbery, which is classified as an offense involving property and is defined under Article 160 New York Penal Law. Robbery is a felony and is described by Article 160 in the following manner, “Robbery is forcible stealing. A person forcibly steals property and commits robbery when, in the course of committing a larceny, he uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person…” The law also defines the purpose of the force used as either being geared towards “preventing or overcoming resistance to the taking of the property or to the retention thereof immediately after the taking” or as being used in order to compel “the owner of such property or another person to deliver up the property or to engage in other conduct which aids in the commission of the larceny.”

Robbery Degrees

Robbery is classified in three degrees. The least serious is robbery in the third degree, which is a class D felony. Someone is guilty of robbery in the third degree when they forcibly steal property. The same is true of robbery in the second degree, however there are additional circumstances involving robbery in the second degree. If another person aids in the robbery or if the participants injure someone in the robbery, a second-degree robbery has occurred. In addition, the stealing of a motor vehicle or the use of a firearm in a robbery makes robbery a second-degree offense against property and a class C felony.

Robbery in the first degree involves the causing of serious physical injury to a victim, or first-degree robbery has occurred when a participant is armed with a deadly weapon, when someone displays a firearm or when he or she use or threaten with immediate use a “dangerous instrument.” First-degree robbery is a class B felony.

Robbery Charge

If you are charged with robbery and arrested, The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York believes that it’s important that you seek legal representation as soon as you possibly can. The charge of robbery is serious as every robbery is classified as a felony. It is important for anyone who has been charged with this offense against property to retain professional legal counsel. Your attorney will consult with you prior to your being questioned by law enforcement and your lawyer will be with you anytime you are interrogated by police. Your rights to due process and a fair trial are important and the one person who is empowered to protect those rights for you is your attorney.

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The Sanders Firm, P.C. is your voice for justice in the New York criminal court system. When you contact us, we will be at your side immediately. The criminal justice system can be intimidating for defendants. If you find yourself charged with a crime, be sure to secure a criminal lawyer quickly. It can make all the difference in your being successful or unsuccessful in your fight for justice.

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