Robbery in Arizona
Robbery is defined by A.R.S. § 13-1902 which states: A person commits robbery if, in the course of taking any property of another from his person or immediate presence and against his will, such person threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce surrender of property or to prevent resistance to such person taking or retaining property.” Robbery is a Class 4 Felony that carries a presumptive term of 2.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections (I.e., prison time, not jail), with a minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 3.75 years, probation may be available for persons without any prior felony convictions. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, it is imperative that you speak to experienced criminal defense lawyer William Morris as soon as possible.
Armed Robbery in Arizona
Armed Robbery is defined by A.R.S. § 13-1904 which states: A person commits armed robbery if, in the course of committing robbery as proscribed in A.R.S. § 13-1902, the person or an accomplice does any of the following:
- Is armed with a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon.
- Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or a simulated deadly weapon.
- Takes possession of or attempts to take possession of a deadly weapon.
Armed robbery is a Class 2 “Dangerous” Felony which carries a presumptive term of 10.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, with a minimum sentence of 7 years and a maximum sentence of 21 years.
The force or threat of force can be made with a weapon, such as a gun or a knife, or it can be made with words.
What Are The Penalties for Armed Robbery in Arizona?
Armed robbery is a class 2 felony in Arizona, which means that it is punishable by a prison sentence of 7 to 21 years, probation is NOT available if you are convicted at trial of Armed Robbery. In addition to prison time, you may also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim and fines.
Defenses to Robbery Charges
There are a number of defenses that can be raised to armed robbery charges. Some common defenses include but are not limited to:
- It wasn’t you, mistaken identity
- You did not use or threaten to use force.
- You did not take any property nor attempted to take property from the victim.
- You were coerced under extreme duress into committing the robbery.
If You Have Been Charged with Robbery or Armed Robbery
If you have been charged with robbery or armed robbery, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you understand the charges against you and develop a defense strategy.
Your lawyer will need to carefully review the evidence against you and determine the best course of action. In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. In other cases, your lawyer may need to go to trial to defend your case.
Contact Attorney William Morris
The Law Office of William L. Morris, P.L.L.C., is a criminal defense law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. We have over 15 years of experience defending clients against a variety of criminal charges, including armed robbery. We offer free telephone consultations, so please contact criminal defense attorney William Morris today to discuss your case.
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