A Queens Robbery Lawyer would agree that Robbery is one of the more serious theft charges, because all degrees are felony offenses. There are three degrees of Robbery, and each carries significant penalties if convicted that include prison, restitution, fines, probation, and community service. If you have been charged with Robbery, it is very important to seek the guidance of an experienced Queens Robbery Lawyer from our team.
The crime of Robbery is the taking the property of another, by force, or intimidation. The there are distinct elements that define each degree of Robbery.
NY Penal Law Section 160.15 sets out the definition of Robbery in the 3d Degree and it the taking of money or property from a victim by threat of force. Pursuant to New York Law, this crime is a D felony.
NY Penal Law Section 160.10(1) sets out the elements of Robbery in the 2d degree, which involves the taking of money or property of another by force, having another help in the commission of the crime, using a firearm during the Robbery, or causing bodily injury to a victim. This is a C felony in New York.
NY Penal Law Section 160.05 defines Robbery in the 1st degree, which is the most serious of the Robbery offenses. This crime involves taking the money or property of another, where a victim is injured during the Robbery and threat of force or actual force is used, or a deadly weapon is used. This is a B felony in New York, and can bring up to a twenty-five year prison sentence. A Queens Robbery Lawyer can explain that if a firearm was involved but was unable to discharge for whatever reason, this fact can be used as an affirmative defense to your charge. Successfully using this defense can bring reduce your Robbery charge to a lesser offense.
Robbery is a serious criminal charge to contend with. It is important to your case to contact a qualified New York Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible after you have been charged. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and the charges against you to create a strong and effective defense strategy on your behalf. Come in and speak with a New York Criminal Lawyer from our team. We will provide you with a free case consultation. Whether you have been charged with Grand Larceny, shoplifting, Petite Larceny or Assault, we can ensure that your rights are protected. We have offices to serve you in the New York area such as Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, and Westchester County. In New York City, we have offices in not only Queens, but also in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.