Robbery and grand theft are two separate charges, but a person is often charged with both, depending on the situation. Both crimes are considered felonies and are punishable by lengthy jail sentences and exorbitant fines. If you have been charged with either robbery, grand theft, or both, you need to retain an aggressive and effective criminal defense attorney immediately.
Theft is considered grand theft when the item or items stolen equal $2,000 or more in value. In order to constitute theft, the prosecution must prove that you committed the unlawful taking of property that belongs to someone else, with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. Grand theft of goods valued between $2,000 and $10,000 can result in a jail sentence of up to five years and a fine of an amount determined at the discretion of the court.
Grand theft of items totaling more than $10,000 is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine in the amount determined by the court.
Robbery is the criminal act of committing theft with force or the threat of force. There are many kinds of robbery, including unarmed robbery, armed robbery, bank robbery, and strong-armed robbery or highway robbery. Each classification of robbery carries slightly different punishments, but they are all considered felonies.
Unarmed robbery is the least severe yet is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines determined by the court. Armed robbery of any kind is punishable by a mandatory 10-year prison sentence with up to 30 years possible.
Both grand theft and robbery are serious charges that require the help of a skilled and formidable criminal defense attorney. We don’t want to see you sentenced to many years behind bars and have your record permanently marred. If you are facing these charges, call us today so we can get to work defending your rights and preserving your future.