In order for the prosecution to secure a conviction for armed robbery, three elements that must be met and proven beyond a reasonable doubt: 1) taking someone else’s property, 2) directly from the victim or their immediate presence, and 3) using force or intimidation. See robbery for more information.
Armed robbery usually involves a weapon, often times a gun. When a perpetrator uses a firearm to commit robbery, they are subject to sentencing enhancements under California’s 10-20-life law. This means if you are convicted of armed robbery and you used a firearm, you will receive an additional 10 years for using the firearm during the commission of a robbery, 20 additional years for firing the gun, and up to life for causing great bodily injury or killing someone with a gun during a robbery.
Your freedom is at stake if you have been arrested and charged with armed robbery. There is a lot that the prosecution has to prove in order to obtain a conviction. It is best to hire a private attorney if you are facing charges for robbery. A knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney will fully investigate all of the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. This includes how the law enforcement agency obtained and handled the evidence. If even just one element is not satisfied a conviction cannot be secured.
The criminal defense attorneys at Hammerschmidt Law Corporation have decades of combined experience defending against robbery charges. We zealously defend the freedoms of our clients. Call our armed robbery defense attorneys today at 559.248.1469 to discuss your case.