Taking or attempting to take goods or money belonging to another without consent and by the use of force or intimidation is a violation of the law. When the attempt or actual theft is accomplished by one using or displaying a deadly weapon, the crime is considered aggravated robbery, and is a felony offense with harsh penalties. In the event there are one or more accomplices, they can be held accountable and prosecuted as well. The penalties for a conviction can vary based on different circumstances. For instance, if the act was committed against an elderly or if the robber takes the weapon of a law enforcement officer, the criminal charges can increase against the defendant. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we have more than 15 years of legal experience and have defended many theft cases as well as serious armed robbery, weapons charges, and murder/manslaughter criminal matters.
An armed robbery allegation is serious and if convicted the offender may spend time in prison and pay large fines along with other punishments. The prosecution must present a case and convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty as charged. Their evidence typically consists of witness accounts, victim statements, forensics and anything else that supports their arguments. Often arresting officers make mistakes in their reports, during the arrest or when handling evidence. A defense team can inspect each piece of evidence, the facts of the case, and challenge when necessary with the goal of reduced charges or a full case dismissal on behalf of the defendant.
If during the course of a robbery, the offender uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, seriously injures another, and takes property without authorization, the penalties can be significant. A conviction for aggravated theft can include:
Sentencing can vary and that depends on the circumstances of the incident and other factors specified in the statutes. Our law firm can discuss the details of your case with you and advise you of the options for defending your case. If convicted of armed robbery, you may spend time in prison. Call our firm today if you need a lawyer for a theft charge in Columbus! Free initial case evaluations are available.