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A conviction for robbery in Utah may result in up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you are convicted of aggravated robbery, you may face a life sentence in prison for a felony, and your criminal record will be accessible to everyone. A felony can negatively affect your ability to obtain a job, find housing, possess firearms, vote and much more. Taking immediate action by contacting an experienced robbery defense attorney before talking to the police is the best way to protect your constitutional rights and minimize serious repercussions.
If you are facing charges, robbery or aggravated robbery, you need the assistance of criminal defense lawyers who understand the laws involved and how to best approach a case to limit the serious repercussions. A skilled lawyer, such as the ones at Intermountain Legal in Salt Lake City, helps you protect your rights and avoid making the situation worse by inadvertently giving the police and prosecutors evidence against you. Because of our former work as prosecutors, we understand robbery laws, have built relationships with Utah judges and prosecutors and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
What is robbery?
Robbery is a type of theft crime. It occurs when a person unlawfully but intentionally takes or attempts to take personal property that is in the possession of another person. Under Utah laws, property can mean anything of value, including:
- Tangible and intangible personal property
- Captured or domestic animals and birds
- Written instruments or other writings embodying rights concerning real estate or personal property
- Labor or services or anything else of value to the owner
However, unlike the lesser crime of theft, for a charge of robbery, the alleged perpetrator must take the item directly from the victim or in the victim’s immediate presence. Furthermore, the property must be taken against the will of the alleged victim using force, such as a weapon, or fear, such as threats. Just the threat of harm is enough for a robbery charge, even if an alleged perpetrator did not have a weapon or the intent to actually injure the alleged victim ¾ for example, the perpetrator only pretended to have a gun in his or her pocket.
Robbery is one of the most serious theft crimes because it also involves violent crimes against a person. Even if you did not intend to use force or if you were only taking property temporarily, you may still be charged and convicted of robbery. An experienced robbery defense lawyer at Intermountain Legal can help you analyze and understand the charges against you to determine the best course of action for minimizing the repercussions.
Defenses against robbery
Under Utah theft laws, possession of recently stolen property is evidence that the person in possession stole the property when no alternative satisfactory explanation exists. However, there are defenses to charges of robbery and aggravated robbery, including violations of constitutional rights. One example is if police obtain evidence through an unlawful search and seizure or unlawful detention of the suspect. By discussing robbery charges with a skilled defense attorney before speaking to police, defendants can protect themselves from such violations and build a strong case from the outset.
Contact formidable attorneys to build a strong defense against criminal charges of robbery
If you or someone you love is facing charges of robbery or aggravated robbery, some of the most serious of theft crimes, you need representation you can trust to act fast on your behalf. Each defense lawyer at Intermountain Legal has the skill, determination and experience on both sides of the case to guide you through serious criminal charges. When you call us at 801-990-4200 or contact us online, you get a free initial consultation directly with a knowledgeable lawyer who will help you understand and protect your rights.