Georgia roberry Defense Lawyer
Being arrested and convicted for a serious crime can have life altering ramifications. You can lose your job, lose your family, and even lose your freedom. Having a criminal record can place significant limitations on your life. If you are convicted of a felony, you cannot vote or own a firearm; and there are many jobs that would be unavailable to you with a felony on your record.
Accusation or conviction of robbery is one of those serious charges that can change your life forever. Even an arrest for suspected robbery can change your life. You can be fired from your job, and even lose relationships, which is why it is so important to have the right criminal defense lawyer represent you.
What Is Robbery Under Georgia Law?
Robbery is categorized as a felony in the state of Georgia. Robbery is defined under Section 16-8-40 of the Georgia Code as the taking of property of another with the intent to do so, by one of the following methods:
The statute calls for someone convicted of robbery under this section to be punished “by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.” If the victim of the robbery is over 65 years of age, then the punishment increases to no less than 5 years in prison up to a total of 20 potential years in prison. The severity of the threat or force will dictate the severity of the punishment. The threat as defined in the statute has to be immediate and in the presence of the victim for it to be considered robbery.
The crime of “armed robbery” is distinguished from “robbery” by the alleged use of a firearm or type of deadly weapon by the defendant in the commission of the theft. Obviously, armed robbery has harsher penalties due to the presence of a deadly weapon, something that would not be present if someone is charged with the crime of robbery.
The crime of “burglary” is also often mistaken for the crime of robbery, but the two crimes are different with different elements. Burglary is the crime of breaking into a dwelling, residence, or building with the intent of committing a felony inside the structure. The felony can be any felony, it does not have to relate to theft crimes. The crime of burglary focuses on the act of breaking and entering.
The crime of “theft by taking” in Georgia is also often confused with the crime of robbery. Theft by taking involves taking the property of another without their consent. In theft by taking, there would have to be no force or threat of force or some other violent means associated with the theft, as there is in robbery.
Sentencing for a Robbery Conviction in Georgia
A conviction for a robbery charge in Georgia carries with it the following potential sentencing:
The amount of jail time and fines and years of probation you receive will be determined by the judge based upon the severity of the facts of your case, plus the value of the property that was stolen. If this is your second or third conviction for robbery, then you could face a lifetime prison sentence.
Is There a Possibility of Probation?
There is always the possibility of probation or a combination of a jail term of years plus a term of years for probation. Within probation, the judge can place certain requirements upon you such as continued employment and community service. A judge has to decide whether you will be a good candidate for probation.
Some of the factors that a judge will consider when deciding to grant probation or jail time or a combination are the following:
If you have been in and out of jail with a long rap sheet, then a judge might not award probation and will put you in jail citing a high risk of re-offending. However, if you have significant ties to the community, a solid job, and a family with children to support, then a judge may be more lenient and award less jail and more probation.
Defenses To a Robbery Charge
There are many defenses to a robbery charge that a knowledgeable and skilled Georgia criminal defense lawyer can use to either get the charges dismissed altogether, lessen the charges for a lighter sentence, or win an acquittal of the charges in front of a jury.
Every case is different, with different facts that can be used for and against defendants. Here are some common defenses used in robbery criminal defense cases:
There could also be other very specific defenses that can only apply given the facts of your case.
What Arguments Cannot Be Used For Defenses for Robbery?
There are arguments that, in the past, defendants have attempted to use as defenses to an arrest and charge of robbery in Georgia. Here are some examples of arguments that cannot be used in a defense:
Is a Private Attorney Better Than a Court-Appointed Attorney?
If you have been arrested and charged with robbery, or any crime, the law says that if you cannot afford a lawyer on your own, then the state will appoint a public defender to represent you. There is always a question about which is better, a court appointed attorney or a private attorney.
If you have no money and cannot afford a private attorney, by all means get a court appointed attorney. Having legal representation, even a public defender, is better than nothing. But generally, paying for an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney is always better than a court appointed attorney. Here’s some reasons why:
If a public defender is all you can get, then by all means do so – public defenders are better than attempting to represent yourself. But if you can come up with the money to hire a private attorney, this is usually your smartest way to get the best defense of your case.
Springfield Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kicklighter Law Defend Those Accused of Felony Robbery
If you are accused of or are a suspect in a crime, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Springfield Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kicklighter Law. Call us at 912-754-6003 or fill out our online form. With our offices located in Springfield, we serve clients in Springfield, Effingham County, Savannah, and surrounding areas.