Whether you admit you made a mistake you now regret or if you maintain your innocence, robbery is a very serious criminal charge. This is a violent crime and one that could result in you spending years behind bars. Contact our offices to see how we might be able to help.
Robbery isn’t just a theft charge; it includes an aspect of violence. It’s because of this additional element that the penalties for the offense are so severe.
But when you are charged with robbery, the potential prison sentence isn’t your only concern. If convicted, you will be forced to carry the label of “convicted felon” for the rest of your life, and putting a conviction for a violent felony like this on job applications is just one way in which this label can haunt you for years to come.
Minnesota Robbery Laws and Penalties
Under Minneapolis laws, there are two basic classifications for robbery: simple robbery and aggravated robbery. The facts of your case and the evidence against you will determine which of these charges you ultimately face.
If you are accused of taking personal property from another person or in their presence by using force or the threat of force, you could be charged with this offense. This means you don’t have to even lay a hand on the alleged victim to be found guilty of this violent crime, a believable threat is enough.
Simply robbery carries a potential 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Aggravated robbery is divided into two different classifications: first degree and second degree.
First degree aggravated robbery is when you are accused of committing a robbery, as defined above, where you are armed with a weapon or any article used to lead the victim to believe it is a weapon, or if you inflict bodily harm on the victim in the commission of the offense. This crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
Second degree aggravated robbery is the commission of robbery where you imply that you have a weapon, whether through your words or actions. If convicted, this offense carries up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
Whether you orchestrated a robbery on your own or if you are charged as an accomplice and you weren’t aware of what was about to go down, we may be able to help. A robbery charge is not the same as a robbery conviction—you have options.
Contact us today to discuss the details of your case.