Robbery Defense Attorney In Philadelphia
Have you been charged with the crime of robbery? Robbery is a serious felony charge which can result in substantial prison time if convicted. However, like any criminal case, the burden is on the prosecution to make their case. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to mount a strong defense and keep you out of prison.
What is Robbery?
Robbery is defined as the taking of another person's property by force - no matter how slight. The amount of force is the principal factor in determining the degree of the felonious crime. For instance, snatching a woman's purse without any further physical menace would be a third degree felony, while taking someone's property from them at gun point - under the threat of imminent death - is a first degree felony.
Additionally, no actual harm has to befall the victim. Merely the threat of it is sufficient. Therefore, it is possible that a person could suffer some form of injury in the commission of a robbery and the accused be charged with a lesser felony than one who merely threatened significant injury.
A robbery of the third degree involves the simple use of force, without injury, in the commission of the crime.
A robbery of the second degree involves the use of force, causing a non-significant injury, in the commission of the crime.
A robbery of the first degree involves either causing a serious injury or threatening serious injury, in the commission of the crime.
What is the Difference Between Robbery and Other Theft Crimes?
As explained above, robbery rests primarily upon the application of force in the commission of the crime. Burglary, on the other hand, involves entering a building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. While commonly tied to theft, the theft or intent to thieve is not necessary for a burglary conviction. So where robbery involves force against another person, burglary hinges upon unlawfully entering a building. Simple theft, on the other hand, does not involve any such factors and is simply the action of taking another person's property with the intent to convert it to one's own use/ownership.
While all theft crimes involve the unlawful taking of another's property, the above illustrates the essential elements in differentiating among them. Your lawyer may be able to mount a defense simply on an inappropriate charge. The difference in penalties between robbery and theft is significant so being charged with a more serious theft crime is something your attorney must aggressively contest.
Why Do I Need a Robbery Defense Attorney ?
A robbery is a felony. If convicted, you face years of imprisonment and a criminal record that will impact your life long after your release. Your entire future is quite literally at stake. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help to defend you against these serious charges.
As it is rare for a person to be arrested for robbery in the course of the commission of the crime, it is usually the case that the majority of evidence hinges upon witness testimony. Therefore, our attorneys will focus on securing any favorable witnesses possible and discrediting the testimony of any potentially damaging witnesses. We are ready to fight for you. Call today to schedule an entirely free consultation with one of our Criminal Defense Attorneys.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.