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.

Make sure that your rights are well-protected during this uncertain time. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.

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.

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