Robbery is a felony crime involving theft and the threat or use of force against a victim. Since force is often used to commit a robbery offense, assault and/or aggravated assault charges may also be filed against the defendant. Purse-snatching, mugging, and car-jacking are a few of the most common forms of robbery. Robbery charges tend be more serious - and more severely punished - when a weapon and especially a firearm is involved.
Punishments for Robbery
The most common punishments and penalties for the crime of robbery in Philadelphia include imprisonment, probation, fines, and other consequences resulting from a felony conviction. The extent and severity of the punishment will be determined by such factors as any harm done to victims, whether force was used and the amount of force used, and the presence and use of a weapon/firearm. These factors will also decide whether the charges will be robbery in the first, second, or third-degree.
Possible Defense Strategies for Robbery Charges
Typically, a robbery or aggravated assault case will rely upon witness testimony. Naturally, witness may not accurately or completely remember the events that transpired. They may also be unable to identify with any certainty the perpetrator or perpetrators involved in the alleged crime. Such inabilities or inconsistencies often lie at the heart of any successful defense strategy. Claims of self-defense on behalf of the defendant may also be used to mitigate the charges against the defendant.
A Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
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