Reading Robbery Lawyer
Need a lawyer for a theft crime case in Reading?
Robbery is a type of theft crime that involves an act of theft combined with violence or a threat of violence. The exact description of this crime under Pennsylvania law includes:
"A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he:
- Inflicts serious bodily injury upon another
- Threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury
- Commits or threatens immediately to commit any felony of the first or second degree
- Inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or
- Physically takes or removes property from the person of another by force however slight.
An act shall be deemed "in the course of committing a theft" if it occurs in an attempt to commit theft or in flight after the attempt or commission."
This specific theft crime varies from burglary, shoplifting and other theft offenses due to the use of force or cause of harm when taking property from another individual. Theft crimes have the potential to result in serious prison time along with fines. Be sure that you team up with an experienced theft crime attorney in Reading.
Robbery Penalties in Pennsylvania
Robbery crimes can vary between third degree, second degree and first degree felonies depending on the details of the offense. Generally this crime is a third degree felony that is punishable by a prison sentence of up to seven years. If; however, the offense resulted in bodily injury to the victim, second degree felony charges may follow. A second degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 10 years. If the offense results in serious bodily injury or involves a motor vehicle with a victim in the vehicle, a first degree felony may be charged. First degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Facing robbery or theft charges in Reading, PA?
If you have been arrested or charged with robbery, defend against the charges. Some possible defenses to robbery charges in Pennsylvania include:
- Lack of injury
- Lack of fear
- Lack of theft
Robbery charges include having the intent to commit theft and deprive the owner of property. It also involves using violence or a threat of violence to provoke fear. If the prosecutor cannot prove that those factors are present in your case, you could have the charges dismissed. Team up with a skilled Reading theft crime attorney who has practice with robbery cases. Looking for a lawyer for a theft crime case in Reading? I am Curtis E. Barnes, Attorney at Law and I have 18 years of experience representing clients in their criminal and theft cases. Contact me to schedule a consultation and see how I can defend you.