Robbery laws in Virginia are serious felony offenses. Not only are you facing a prison sentence, you are facing some serious mandatory minimum sentences, requiring you serve a portion of your sentence behind bars if you are convicted of the offense, no exceptions. When the stakes are this high, you need someone advocating on your behalf, a local defense lawyer who understands the laws and what you are going through.
Virginia Robbery Laws
Under Virginia law, robbery is separated into first and second degree categories. The charge you face will depend on a number of factors including the facts of your case and the evidence that the prosecutor has.
In some situations, where a defendant is charged with a first degree robbery, for instance, a plea agreement can be worked out so that the charges are reduced to second degree robbery. The chances of you working out a favorable plea agreement depend on many things and are something that can be discussed in greater detail in a legal consultation.
Second Degree Robbery
If in the commission of a robbery, you put the alleged victim in fear of bodily injury or if you use a drug, electronic shock, or other such means to temporarily disable the victim, you could be charged with second degree robbery.
A conviction of this offense carries 5 to 18 years in prison.
First Degree Robbery
If you either use violence against the victim or threaten deadly force with the presence of a weapon, you could face the more serious first degree robbery charge. If you are convicted of this charge, you could be sentence to 10 years to life in prison.
If this is your first robbery conviction, you will have a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years. However, if this is your second or subsequent conviction for robbery, your mandatory minimum sentence will be 5 years.
If you are accused of robbery where the property in question is a vehicle, you could be charged with carjacking. Carjacking carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
All of these charges carry serious possible penalties. If you are accused of an offense like this, consulting with an attorney will help you understand what exactly you are up against and what can be done to minimize the potentially life changing results of your case.
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