When you are accused of robbery, you stand accused of a violent crime. You won’t only be labeled a convicted felon, but a violent felon if you are convicted. Because the stakes are high and because the police and prosecutors are interested in seeing you behind bars, you need an advocate on your side.
While the offense of robbery is relatively the same from state to state, the penalties are quite different. In Pennsylvania, these charges are taken very seriously and a conviction could have you incarcerated for decades to come.
Pennsylvania Robbery Laws
Under the statutes of Pennsylvania, robbery is categorized into several different classifications. The charge you face will depend on the facts of your case and the evidence against you.
While this page is designed to provide you with an overview of Pennsylvania robbery laws and potential penalties, consulting with a defense lawyer can provide a clearer picture of what you are up against.
First Degree Felony Robbery
The most serious of robbery charges, first degree felony robbery charges carry a potential 20 years in prison upon conviction. You could be charged with this offense, if it’s believed that you did any of the following in the commission of a theft offense:
- Inflicted serious bodily harm on someone,
- Committed or threatened to immediately commit any felony of the 1st or 2nd degree, or
- Threatened someone with or intentionally put them in fear of immediate serious bodily injury.
Second Degree Felony Robbery
If you are accused of inflicting bodily injury (not amounting to serious bodily injury) on another or even putting them in fear of such injury in the commission of a theft, you could be charged with 2nd degree felony robbery. This offense carries up to 10 years in prison.
Third Degree Felony Robbery
A third degree felony carries up to 7 years in prison upon conviction. If you are accused of physically taking or removing property from another person by any level of force, “however slight”, you could face these charges.
All robbery cases carry the potential for prison time. The likelihood that you will be sentenced to prison if convicted depends on a variety of factors, including your criminal history, the evidence against you, and the specific facts surrounding your case.
If you are accused of robbery or a related offense, we can put you in touch with a local defense attorney. Contact us today.