Robbery isn’t just taking something that doesn’t belong to you; it’s much more than a simple theft. It is seen as a violent offense, and therefore, if you are accused of robbery, it stands to reason that some people will treat you like a violent criminal. This is especially true of law enforcement officials and the prosecutor.
Fortunately, when you are charged with a crime like this, you can have someone on your side looking out for your best interests. Your defense lawyer is there to ensure your rights are protected and to advocate for you when it seems like everyone else is against you.
Robbery is a serious crime with serious, life changing penalties. You could be spending many years behind bars if you are convicted of a robbery offense. We can help you use all the tools at your disposal in order to avoid the worst possible penalties.
Georgia Robbery Laws and Penalties
There are several ways you can commit robbery under Georgia law. You could be facing this charge if the prosecution has evidence that you did any of the following while taking property from another person:
- Used force
- Used intimidation, by threat or coercion, or
- Suddenly snatched the property in question.
Robbery is a felony offense. If you are convicted, you will serve 1 to 20 years in prison. If the alleged victim is older than 65-years old, you will face a harsher sentence of 5 to 20 years.
Armed Robbery Laws
If you are armed during the commission of the robbery, you face additional penalties. This offense is considered much more serious as the potential for injury or even death is so great. Even if you do not possess a weapon, but merely a believable replica or toy, you could be charged with this offense.
Armed robbery carries a potential sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Armed Robbery of a Pharmacy
A growing crime, the robbery of a pharmacy, has stiff penalties as well. If you are accused of armed robbery and the object of your robbery is prescription drugs from a pharmacy, and you intentionally inflict bodily injury upon someone during the offense, you will face a sentence of not less than 15 years.
All robbery offenses are serious, carrying the potential for many years behind bars. We can help you fight these charges. If you are accused of robbery and are in need of representation, contact our offices today.