Defending Robbery Charges
Robbery charges are different from theft in that the State must prove the property was taken directly from a person in their presence. There are different methods of robbery, and the State must prove its theory of exactly how the robbery took place: either by force, intimidation or sudden snatching.
The potential sentence for robbery is 1-20 years, unless the victim is over 65 years old (5- 20 years).
Armed Robbery is a very different crime than Robbery and it carries very different penalties. If a weapon was allegedly used in the theft of property directly from a person, it is Armed Robbery.
1) By use of force;
2) By intimidation, by the use of threat or coercion, or by placing such person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or to another; or
3) By sudden snatching.
(b) A person convicted of the offense of robbery shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code section, any person who commits the offense of robbery against a person who is 65 years of age or older shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 20 years. O.C.G.A. § 16-8-40
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