Robbery is considered a serious criminal felony in Georgia and can result in life-changing consequences. Under O.C.G.A. 16-8-40, robbery is a theft and property crime that is generally defined as a theft committed by use of force, intimidation, or sudden snatching. Prosecutors have a legal duty to prove that a defendant is guilty by establishing that they committed one of these three forms of robbery beyond a reasonable doubt.
First, robbery by force generally requires the defendant to have used force to obtain the stolen property. This could mean that there was a struggle between the defendant and the alleged victim or that the defendant caused injury to the victim during the struggle.
Robbery by intimidation does not necessarily require physical contact. Generally, the prosecutor will have to establish that the defendant used threat or coercion, or otherwise placed the victim in fear of immediate serious injury to either themselves or another person.
Finally, sudden snatching generally refers to taking property from the victim when the victim became conscious of the taking during the theft.
Robbery convictions could result in up to 20 years in prison, as well as fines and possible probation. The criminal defense attorney that represents you will work to help you avoid a conviction by undermining the prosecutor’s case against you. Your attorney will offer evidence and witness testimony to counter the evidence presented by the prosecution. If these defense strategies are successful, they will cast doubt on the prosecution’s arguments and prevent the judge or jury from finding you guilty.