Robbery is a very serious felony offense, often carrying mandatory prison sentences upon conviction. Basically, Robbery is stealing from someone by force. The classic example is someone who gets mugged, or the old lady who gets her purse snatched. But Robbery can also be just the threat of force. When it comes to robbery in Arizona, whether you actually use force or just threaten force, it is treated the same.
Three Types of Robbery in Arizona
There are three robbery statutes in Arizona: ARS 13-1902, ARS 13-1903, and ARS 13-1904.
ARS 13-1902, or Standard Robbery, occurs when, in taking property or services from another person, force or threat of force is used. The theft in this case could be attempted or actual, and the threat can be physical, verbal, or even implied.
ARS 13-1903, or Aggravated Robbery, means that an accomplice is used and physically present in committing the crime.
ARS 13-1904, or Armed Robbery, is when a deadly weapon or the simulation (like a finger inside your pocket that you claim is a gun) of a weapon is used in conjunction with the robbery.
Punishment for Robbery in Arizona
All robbery is treated as a felony in Arizona. The class of felony you could be charged with varies with the severity of the crime. Here are the sentences you could be facing with a robbery conviction:
ARS 13-1902: Robbery = class 4 felony
1 to 3 ¾ years in prison (probation is possible). If you have a prior felony conviction the sentence increases to2 ½ to 7 ½ years in prison. If you have 2 or more prior felony convictions the sentence increases to 6 to 15 years in prison.
ARS 13-1903: Aggravated Robbery = class 3 felony
2 to 8 ¾ years in prison (probation is possible). If you have a prior felony conviction the sentence increases to 3 ½ to 16 ¼ years in prison. If you have 2 or more prior felony convictions the sentence increases to7 ½ to 25 years in prison.
ARS 13-1904: Armed Robbery = class 2 dangerous felony
7 to 21 years in prison. If you have one prior dangerous felony the sentence increases to 14 to 28 years in prison. If you have 2 or more prior felony convictions the sentence increases to 21 to 35 years in prison.
What should you do if you are charged with robbery?
If you are charged with robbery, there are some steps you can take right away to improve your chances of getting through it as painlessly as possible. First, make sure you remain silent. You have that right, so definitely use it. Police are trained to get you to give them details, and they will certainly use your words against you. Ask to speak to your attorney. This does two things: it ends the interrogation and also makes sure your rights are protected. Finally, hire a good attorney, one who is willing to go to bat for you and make sure you have the best possible chance of getting through this. Time is of the essence in cases like this. Sometimes, an attorney can stop charges from being filed or get your charges lessened.
For a free consultation, contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Burges McCowan, who has the experience to start mounting your defense.