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Robbery charges in New York can be pretty confusing and intimidating – I get it, believe me. When legal mumbo jumbo is thrown around, it’s hard to understand exactly what you’re being accused of. But don’t worry, I’m here to break it all down in simple terms so you know what’s going on.
First off, robbery in New York basically means taking someone’s property by force. If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, and you use physical force or threaten to use force while doing it – that’s robbery.
This is the least serious robbery charge in New York. You can get this charge if you just forcibly steal someone’s property. For example, if you grab someone’s purse and run away with it. Or if you push someone down and take their wallet. Any kind of forcibly taking someone else’s stuff would qualify as Robbery in the Third Degree.
This charge is a Class D felony under New York law. If convicted, you could face up to 7 years in prison. Not fun at all.
This charge is more serious. For this one, either of these situations need to happen while you’re forcibly stealing the property:
This is a Class C felony in New York and carries even tougher penalties – up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Yikes.
This is the most serious robbery charge in New York. This applies if you forcibly steal property and during the robbery, you:
Robbery in the First Degree is a Class B felony and can mean up to 25 years behind bars if found guilty. Not where you want to be.
As you can see, the specific robbery charge depends on what exactly went down during the crime. More violence or weapons means higher charges and stiffer penalties.
If you’ve been accused of robbery, there are a few defenses that your lawyer may use to fight the charges:
If you or someone you love is facing robbery accusations, don’t go through it alone. Call a lawyer right away. Consultations are usually free. They can assess your case and start working on the best defense. A strong legal defense really is everything when you’re staring down serious criminal penalties.
I hope this breakdown helped explain the robbery laws and process in New York! Let me know if you have any other legal questions. I know this stuff can be confusing but it helps when someone breaks it down into plain English. I’m always happy to help explain in simple terms. After all, that’s my job – making the law less intimidating! Stay strong and keep your head up.
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