NYC Armed Robbery Attorney
Defending Against These Charges
Are you facing criminal charges of armed robbery? Now is the time to talk
to a criminal defense lawyer about your options and legal rights. It is
possible to mount a successful defense against even the most serious of
charges with the right approach, resources and experience.
It takes a competent lawyer to recognize opportunity in these matters and
positively impact a defendant's case as a result. Our firm handles
armed robbery charges for clients in Manhattan and throughout all of NYC.
Get in touch with our legal team as soon as possible so we can begin investigating
Armed robbery is a serious criminal offense that may be considered both
a theft crime and a violent crime. Under Article 160.15 of New York Penal
Code, Robbery in the first degree is the specific criminal charge that
a defendant will face if accused of committing armed robbery, or forcible
theft with the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Robbery in the First Degree (Article 160.15)
Robbery in the first degree is specifically defined as forcibly stealing
property, when the defendant commits any of the following during the commission
of the crime or when fleeing the scene:
- Is in possession of a deadly weapon;
- Displays what appears to be a firearm;
- Uses or threatens to use a dangerous instrument; or
- Causes serious injury to another person (one who is not participating in
Armed robbery may be charged as a class B violent felony, an offense punishable
by 5 to 25 years in prison. The specific sentence may vary depending on
the particular circumstances of the offense, the jurisdiction and the
defendant's criminal history, if any.
How could I be found guilty of armed robbery?
The prosecution has to prove a number of things to convict an accused individual
of armed robbery. First, they must show that the defendant took personal
property from someone, whether it was the victim's property or not.
Next, the prosecution needs to prove that the property was taken in the
presence of another person, such as forcing a clerk to open the cash register.
The property also must have been taken away. Even if the accused individual
merely exercised control over the property, they might be charged with
carrying it away because there was the potential to do so.
In addition, the prosecution has to demonstrate that the defendant was
intending to take the property away from the victim permanently and by
violence or intimidation. Lastly, the prosecutor needs to show that defendant
used or carried a dangerous weapon to be charged with an armed robbery.
In order to make sure that you can't be proven guilty on any of these
counts, hire a New York City criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices
of Daniel A. Hochheiser to ensure that you are properly represented.
Contact a member of our legal team as quickly as possible for your
free case evaluation.