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Understanding the basics of robbery charges

Theft and property crimes are serious charges for any accused person to face. In many states, robbery is defined as the theft or larceny of property or money through the use of physical force or fear. When a deadly weapon is used in the robbery or an injury is suffered in the commission of the robbery, the accused individual may face armed robbery charges, which can be particularly serious.

Most states have statutes defining robbery, but robbery generally includes several elements. The elements of robbery are most commonly defined as: the taking of property or money of another with the intent to steal; the taking must have been from the person or in their presence; the taking must have been against the other party's will and obtained through violence, intimidation or the threat of force.

Robbery is essentially theft achieved by violence or the threat of violence. According to state laws, robbery is typically divided into degrees by severity of the crime. The severity of the charges can impact the severity of the penalty the accused individual is facing. The potential penalties for robbery can be harsh. Whenever an accused individual is facing criminal charges, they are facing potentially serious consequences and a threat to their freedom and future.

All criminal charges are serious and should be taken seriously, which typically means that accused individuals should evaluate their criminal defense options. It is possible to challenge the accusations the individual is facing through a variety of methods.

Source: FindLaw, "Robbery Overview," Accessed March 20, 2017

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