Our New York, Westchester and Fairfield County criminal defense lawyers will explain to you that robbery is, in it’s simplest terms, simply a theft with force or threatened use of force involved.
Even the lowest level of robbery -- robbery in the third degree -- is a Class D felony, which carries with it the possibility of up to 7 years in prison. But, unlike the higher subdivisions of robbery, robbery in the second degree does not have a mandatory minimum jail requirement.
Our experienced New York City, Stamford and White Plains criminal lawyers will explain to you that the use of a weapon need not even be present in order for robbery to be charged. For example, a person can be charged with robbery in the course of a simple fight if, during the course of the fight, they yank the other person’s gold chain from around their neck.
Our White Plains and New York criminal defense attorneys will tell you that the lowest grade of robbery (robbery third) will be raised to robbery second degree if certain other facts are present during the course of the robbery.
A robbery third becomes a robbery second if the person uses a gun to accomplish the robbery or injures the other person in the course of the robbery (or injures an innocent bystander). Robbery second is a Class C felony and carries with it the requirement that you be sentenced to at least 3.5 years in state prison if you’re convicted. The judge had no discretion.
Our New York, White Plains and Stamford criminal defense lawyers have represented numerous clients charged with robbery over the course of 25 years in the various Westchester County courts, including: Rye, Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, Greenburgh, Ossining, Somers, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Pleasantville, Yonkers, as well as the New York City Courts of Manhattan, Bronx and Queens, and the Connecticut jurisdictions in which we frequently appear, including Greenwich, Stamford, Danbury, Wilton, Norwalk, Bantaam, Cos Cobb, Darien and Riverside.
Accordingly, if you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, don’t hesitate to contact our New York, Stamford and White Plains criminal defense attorneys immediately. The phone call is free, and all of our lawyers are standing by 24/7 to explain your rights to you.