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Los Angeles Robbery Defense Attorney
A robbery conviction is very serious and can result in a prison sentence anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison, excessive fines, restitution, probation, a strike on criminal record. Therefore, due to the seriousness of the crime, a Los Angeles Theft Crime Defense Attorney is essential.
Our Robbery Lawyers have the experience and skill necessary to adequately represent you if you are facing robbery charges.
WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THE PROSECUTOR AND JUDGE WILL BE LOOKING AT IN ORDER TO DECIDE WHETHER A PERSON WILL GO TO PRISON FOR A ROBBERY CASE IN LOS ANGELES?
There are a number of key factors that dictate how the prosecutors will handle a robbery prosecution and how the judge will sentence that person. Some of the most important factors include whether the person was armed with a gun or a knife at the time of the robbery, if the person has any prior criminal record, whether the person has a job and is a productive member of society, they will look at whether anyone was harmed during the robbery and of course they will look at the level of sophistication used during the course and scope of the robbery. It is up to the defendant’s attorney to emphasize all of the mitigating factors that apply to their particular client’s case. This is why it is so important to find an attorney that has been battle tested and handled robbery cases in the court that your case is pending. Really, what it boils down to, is that the prosecutor and the judge are going to look at how dangerous the person in front of them is to the community at large. If the person appears dangerous and a threat to society, then they are going to do everything they can to put them in prison. In fact, the vast majority of defendants that commit robberies go directly to prison. It is only the lucky ones that choose the right attorney that is able to convince the powers that be to give this person another chance to get on the right path.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN A ROBBERY AND A BURGLARY?
I cringe every time someone talks about a robbery, when it is really a burglary. The difference is that in a robbery a person is actually present when the subject property is taken away from them. In a burglary situation, the person is usually not home when the burglar strikes. However, if the person is home and does not actually see the culprit take the property, then it is still a burglary, but the prosecutors will make it a burglary with a person present and it will then be considered a violent felony strike in Los Angeles County and all courts in California. If on the other hand the taking occurs in the home while the person is right there, this is what is known as a home invasion robbery. Both robberies and burglary cases are strike offenses in California and subject the person involved to multiple years in prison.
WHAT DO THE PROSECUTORS HAVE TO PROVE IN A ROBBERY CASE?
To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must prove that:
1. The defendant took property that was not their own;
2. The property was taken from another person’s possession and immediate presence;
3. THe property was taken against that person’s will;
4. The defendant used force or fear to take the property or to prevent the person from resisting;
5. When the defendant used force or fear to take the property, they intended to deprive the owner of it permanently or to remove it from the owner’s possession for so extended a period of time that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property.
At the Hedding Law Firm, we can explain to you what you should expect for your robbery accusation and we can also provide you with answers to any questions that you may have. In many cases that involve a robbery, we have been able to have sentences reduced or charges dropped entirely.
Contact us today to speak to a knowledgeable robbery attorney in Los Angeles and determine what the next step should be in protecting your rights and your future. We are here to help you throughout the whole process.