Denver Robbery Lawyer
Explanation of Robbery Charges
Robbery is a felony theft crime, and if you have been charged with this offense you are facing the possibility of a harsh sentence that could forever change your future. Colorado Revised Statutes §18-4-301 (2012), "Robbery" defines this crime as occurring when the perpetrator "knowingly takes anything of value from the person or presence of another by the use of force, threats, or intimidation."
Merely stealing something from another person does not constitute robbery. The robbery victim must have been present at the scene of the crime, and you must have forcibly stolen the item. Robbery is a Class 4 felony, with a sentence ranging from 2 to 6 years in prison and between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines. In addition to robbery, the Colorado Criminal Code additionally contains provisions for the crime of aggravated robbery.
Under C.R.S. §18-4-302, "Aggravated robbery," this crime occurs when any of the following is true during the commission of a robbery:
- The robber is armed with a deadly weapon with the intent of killing, maiming or wounding anyone who resists the robbery
- The robber knowingly wounds or strikes the victim with a deadly weapon or places the victim in reasonable fear of death or injury through the use of force, threats or intimidation with a deadly weapon
- The robber commits the crime with another person who aids or abets in the act and who is armed with the intent of using the weapon against anyone who resists the robbery or who threatens or intimidates the victim
- The robber possess any item that is used or fashioned in a way that leads another person present at the scene of the crime to reasonably believe that it is a deadly weapon
Aggravated robbery is charged as a Class 3 felony, and as an "extraordinary risk" felony, it carries an increased sentence of up to 16 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
Defending You against Robbery Charges in Denver
Our criminal defense lawyer may be able to clear your name of the charges by demonstrating that you had reason to believe that the property was yours, or perhaps that you have been targeted with false allegations. Alternatively, it might be possible to beat the charges by pointing to a lack of conclusive evidence that you were even present at the scene of the crime. With more than 20 years of experience and a background that includes working and receiving training as a public defender, our attorney is ready to fight for you.
Whether you are accused of committing robbery or armed robbery, you can come to M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C. for help.