Defense for Robbery Charges
Pasadena Criminal Attorney
California Penal Code 211 PC describes the crime of robbery as "the
felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from
his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by
means of force or fear." There are actually several different forms
of robbery that are recognized in California, but they all have one thing
in common: the threat or use of violence during the course of a theft.
Because violence is a prominent factor in a robbery charge, prosecutors
take these cases very seriously and proven, experienced defense counsel
is needed. At
Escovar & Avila, LLP, our
Pasadena criminal defense lawyers have more than two decades of legal experience. Not only have they navigated
more than 70 jury trials to verdict, but have time and time again earned
industry recognition for the quality of their counsel.
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Types of Robbery in California
The basic requirements for a robbery charge are a theft and the threat
or use of violence. However, there are other factors that, if present,
can change the type and severity of the charge.
A few of the different types of robbery in California include:
- First degree robbery in a residence: Penal Code Section 212.5(a)
- First degree robbery at an ATM: Penal Code Section 212.5(b)
- Second degree robbery: Penal Code Section 213(a)(2)
- Carjacking: Penal Code Section 215(a)
- Attempted robbery: Penal Code Section 213(b)
All of these charges are considered felonies, with first degree robberies
considered the most serious. For a robbery to considered first degree:
- Must take place in residence (during a burglary)
- Must take place as or after the victim uses an ATM
- The victim must be a passenger on public transportation
These convictions can come with lengthy prison sentences and count as a
"strike" in the California "three strike” system.
Robbery is also subject to sentence enhancements if firearms are involved.
To learn more about what specific penalties you could be facing, contact
our firm today. We are prepared to help you assess the circumstances of
your arrest and, if needed, begin developing an effective and dynamic
defense on your behalf.
Do not hesitate to start fighting for your future.
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