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Long Beach Robbery Crime Attorney

In Los Angeles, there are severe penalties for theft crimes such as robbery, shoplifting, burglary and grand theft auto. Robbery is considered one of the most serious theft crimes because it involves fear, intimidation, the threat of force or the potential use of dangerous weapons. In addition to prison time and heavy fines, a robbery conviction will result in a "strike" under California's Three Strikes Law. This means that the defendant could face years in prison as well as enhanced future sentences and punishments.

The experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorneys at The Amer Law Firm know how to fight these serious charges and the best way to obtain acquittals for our clients. Our goal is to keep you out of jail and to ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.

What is Robbery?

According to California Penal Code 211: "Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear." Therefore, robbery is an act of unlawful theft accomplished through fear or force. Under the law, fear may involve the fear of an unlawful injury to the property being stolen or to the person being robbed, a friend or family member or anyone in the company of the person being robbed.

What the Prosecution Must Prove

In order to secure a conviction for robbery, the prosecution will have to prove that:

Robberies in Los Angeles

According to statistics reported on City-Data.com, there were 8,329 robberies in Los Angeles in the year 2012. That is significantly less than the 10,077 robberies that occurred in 2011 and the recent high of 17,197 robberies that occurred in Los Angeles in 2002.

First- or Second-Degree Charges

The value of the stolen items does not matter in cases involving robbery. What does matter is where the robbery took place. The most severe robbery offenses occur in commercial vehicles, within inhabited homes and near automated teller machines. In such cases, the prosecution will likely pursue first-degree robbery charges. Robberies that occur at just about any other location will result in second-degree charges.

A conviction for a first-degree robbery can result in a three, four or six-year prison sentence. If at least two other people robbed an inhabited home, the penalties may include a three, six or nine year sentence. Second-degree robbery, however, will result in a two, three or five-year sentence in state prison.

Incarceration is not the only penalty for robbery convictions. If convicted of robbery, you will lose your right to own or acquire firearms, you may have to pay restitution to the alleged victims, you could lose your driver's license as well as your professional license, be placed on formal probation and pay significant fines.

Defenses for Robbery

Since the consequences for a conviction are so severe, it is necessary to consider all possible defenses before accepting a plea deal. The most common defenses for robbery include the following scenarios:

You could also potentially ague that you are the victim of false accusations or mistaken identity. It is important to go through the specifics of your case to determine if you can fight the charges or have the charges reduced.

The Long Beach robbery defense attorneys at The Amer Law Firm understand that the stakes are extremely high in these types of cases. We will fight for your rights every step of the way and work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact us at (866) 431-2637 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.

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