Robbery is a very serious crime that can take away your freedom by imposing years of prison time while assessing thousands of dollars in fines for which you will be responsible. A robbery conviction will also result in a permanent criminal record with the collateral consequences of making your charges accessible on a routine background check. This can lead to diminishing your chances of future employment, rental housing, advanced educational loans, or professional licenses by state boards.
Because of the grave repercussions of being charged with any type of robbery, it is essential that you have the support and representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Solon Law, Attorney Trevor Casperson has spent years in his practice defending clients of a vast number of crimes, including robbery. He can ensure that you understand what you are up against, that you have the counsel you need at every stage of the legal process, that your rights are protected, that you are treated fairly, and that you have the strongest available defense. Our firm understands the duress you are under when accused of a crime and is here to be the ally and advocate you need when facing the toughest time of your life.
Under Utah Code 76-6-301, robbery is defined in the following way:
- Intentionally taking or attempting to take someone else’s personal property against his/her will by means of force or fear with the purpose to deprive them of it OR
- Intentionally or knowingly using force or fear of immediate force against another while committing theft or wrongful appropriation
When being prosecuted for robbery or any other crime, it is the burden of the prosecution to prove every “element” of the crime as it is defined under the law. If the prosecution cannot prove all these elements, you cannot be convicted. For example, in the above definition, it must be proven that you acted “intentionally,” against the alleged victim’s will, that you used force or made the alleged victim fear for his/her safety, and that your intention was to deprive the person of whatever you allegedly took.
Under the above law, robbery is charged as a second-degree felony. The penalties for this include a prison sentence that can range from one to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. How you are sentenced will depend on the facts and circumstances of the offense.
Robbery can also become “aggravated” if you used or threaten to use a weapon in the course of the crime, if you seriously injured anyone, or if you attempted or achieved vehicle theft during the course of the robbery. Aggravated robbery is charged as a more serious first-degree felony punishable by five years up to life in prison and also a fine of up to $10,000.
As a serious theft crime, if you are convicted of robbery, you will face the negative stigma of having engaged in dishonest and violent behavior which can be a significant blow to your reputation in terms of future social acceptance and life opportunities.
Put an Experienced Salt Lake City Robbery Lawyer on Your Side
If you or a family member is facing robbery or any other type of theft charge, putting a seasoned and capable attorney on your side as soon as possible is imperative. At Solon Law, we fight for the rights, future, and freedom of our clients using every available resource, including the skills and knowledge gained over the years on how to effectively defend clients in Utah criminal courts. We provide the professional and human support you need at this critical time.
Under investigation or accused of robbery? Take advantage of our free case evaluation with our Salt Lake City robbery attorney. Book an appointment by contacting Solon Law online or at (801) 770-0073. Hablamos español.