Understanding Robbery and Its Penalties
Robbery Charges in Washington
Robbery is a charge that consists of potentially life-altering penalties such as prison time, fines, and a criminal record. These charges are mainly felony charges, and depending on the elements of the case, it can be considered a violent felony. If you are convicted of three violent felonies on your criminal record, you may potentially be in jeopardy of serving life in prison. The likelihood of a more favorable outcome can be increased by hiring a skilled criminal defense lawyer, who will work to negotiate with the prosecutor, gather the necessary data, and examine police reports to understand the details of your particular case. Attorneys at The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer are prepared to work diligently on your case to raise the strongest possible defense for you in court if you are facing Robbery Charges in Washington.
What is Robbery?
In the State of Washington, Robbery is defined as the act of taking property from another person or their immediate presence by force, violence, or intimidation while armed with a deadly weapon or displaying what appears to be a deadly weapon. Additionally, factors like inflicting bodily injury upon the victim and or placing the victim in fear of harm can play a role in the severity of the charges.
Robbery in the 2nd Degree: Robbery in the Second Degree occurs when someone commits Robbery without involving a deadly weapon or causing injury. It is classified as a Class B Felony and carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.00 in total.
Robbery in the 1st Degree: Robbery in the First Degree occurs when a person is armed with or displays a deadly weapon during the robbery, or inflicts bodily injury. Robbing a financial institution such as a bank also constitutes Robbery in the First Degree. This charge is classified as a Class A Felony that can carry up to life in prison and up to $50,000.00 in fines.
Three Strikes Sentencing Law
In addition to the potential felony conviction, Robber in the First Degree is considered a violent felony, which falls under the State of Washington’s Three Strikes Law. Under this law, there are a number of felonies that are classified as “violent.” If you are convicted of 3 of these violent felonies then you will be subject to facing life in prison. Hiring a lawyer is incredibly important if you are facing any of these charges as it can have serious consequences on your freedom and future. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is ready to defend and work with you in order to defend you to the fullest extent of the law.
What are possible defenses?
In a Robbery charge there are multiple factors that can come into play that produce an unfair conviction. False accusations, mistaken identity, or improper conduct on the part of police can all be potential defenses used in your case. The Law Office or Erin Bradley McAleer understands that everyone has a right to a defense which we can provide for you.
What can we do for you With Robbery Charges in Washington?
The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer has attorneys with the experience and knowledge necessary to defend you in the State of Washington. Defending a Robbery charge requires experience and a high amount of technical knowledge. Robbery can be a challenging charge to be facing as it can have lasting consequences, but with the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer you can be assured that our attorneys will do everything in their power to protect you.
Contact the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer today and schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Don’t hesitate to protect your freedom and your future.