Facing Robbery Charges? The Fight for Your Freedom Starts Here

Livingston County Robbery Attorney

Theft Crime Lawyer in Rochester, NY

The New York definition of robbery is stealing by force. If you implement the use of physical force as you steal the property of another individual, then you could be charged with robbery. Use of force could mean so many different things, but most commonly it refers to slapping, punching, or pulling out a dangerous weapon in a threatening manner. However, the use of a firearm is not necessary in order to bring about robbery charges. Robbery is considered a serious felony offense in the state of New York and it is one that carries stiff penalties if you are convicted. If you or a loved one has been arrested for robbery or another theft crime in New York, speak with a Livingston County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

New York Robbery Penalties

In New York, robbery is broken up into three different categories: first degree, second degree and third degree- the first degree being the most severe. The penalties for robbery vary depending on the degree of your crime. These penalties are fully explained in the New York Penal Code Section 160.

  • Robbery in the first degree is considered to be a class B felony because it is such a violent crime. This is the most serious charge associated with robbery and it typically involved holding someone at gunpoint. The penalties for first degree robbery may include a prison sentence for up to 25 years. For people with no past criminal record the minimum possible sentence is five years in prison.
  • Robbery in the second degree is considered to be a class C felony and it is generally referred to as "group robbery." In most cases, second degree robberies are committed by a small group of people working together in the commission of the crime. This crime is punishable for up to 15 years in prison.
  • Third degree robbery is the least serious charge and it is categorized as a Class D felony because it is a non-violent crime. A crime of this caliber carries a sentence of no more than 2-7 years in prison.

Again, the penalties will vary depending on how much force is used (or threatened) in order to steal another person's property. What the defendant uses in enforcing their threats will also make a difference. Although the classic robbery scenario is seeing a shopkeeper held at gun point, there are many other scenarios that are considered robbery that occur on a much more frequent bases. In fact, children even act out third degree when they bully another student, push them around and then take their lunch money. In New York, some students are actually prosecuted for this because it is considered to be a crime.

Criminal Attorney in Livingston County, New York

Here at Van Allen & Hoffmann, LLP, our Livingston County attorneys have over 30 years of collective experience. We know what is at stake and our mission is to help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Whether you are facing first degree or third degree robbery charges, our legal team is highly capable of taking on your case. Our firm is committed to protecting the rights of the accused in Rochester and the cities throughout Livingston County. If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery, then act fast and consult with a Livingston County criminal defense attorney right away. We have been practicing criminal law for over five decades, so let our experience work for you!

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