Robbery Attorney in Los Angeles

Facing Robbery Charges

If you or someone you know is being investigated or charged with Robbery in Los Angeles, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney a soon as possible. A Robbery conviction can have devastating effects on your life. You need a strong criminal defense on your side.

Robbery Law in California

Robbery is the taking of property from another person's possession or immediate presence against their will by means of force or fear. This force may involve a deadly weapon such as a gun or other weapon (armed robbery), or it may just involve simple physical force (strong arm robbery).

Under California Penal Code section 211, Robbery is a serious and violent felony punishable by state prison. Use of a gun or other weapon or infliction of great bodily injury during the commission of a Robbery carries a stricter sentence than does simple robbery. Robbery is different from burglary or theft in that robbery involves person to person confrontation, the threat of or use of force along with the intent to coerce and prevent resistance.

In California, robbery is divided into first degree robbery and second degree robbery. First degree robbery (Penal Code Section 212.5(a)) occurs in an inhabited dwelling, vessel or trailer. First degree robbery also includes robbery of the operator of a bus, taxicab, cable car, or street car. Robbery of a passenger of any vehicle used for transportation for hire and Robbery of any person using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM Robbery) are also considered first degree robbery. Second degree robbery is all other types of robbery. Penal Code Section 212.5(b).

Robbery Penalties

A Robbery conviction carries serious penalties, with first degree robbery carrying a state prison sentence from 3 to 9 years. Second degree robbery is punishable in the state prison from 2 to 5 years. Robbery is a "Strike" in California and falls under the umbrella of the Three Strikes Law. A convicted felon with a "Strike" prior would be facing a doubled prison sentence for any future felony convictions. Use of a gun during a Robbery adds 10 years to the Robbery sentence. Discharge of a gun during a robbery adds an additional 20 years to the robbery sentence, 25 years to life for killing or seriously injuring someone with a gun. A Robbery conviction can lead to deportation for those who are legal or illegal immigrants.

Robbery Attorneys in Los Angeles

Robbery is a serious charge. Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys face determined and aggressive prosecutors who can bring to bear all the resources of the government. To withstand this force, defendants need skilled and able attorneys who will fight for them and level the playing field. We know the stakes are high in a Robbery case and we understand that the best results often occur on the eve of trial. We will prepare for trial seeking a "not guilty" verdict. Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners have considerable experience in handling and defending those facing Robbery charges. We provide aggressive representation of our clients at every stage of the criminal proceedings from arraignment through trial. With over 70 years of combined experience, we have a winning attitude when it comes to representing our clients.

Contact a Los Angeles robbery lawyer from the firm if you have been charged with any type of robbery offense.