In order for the prosecution to secure a conviction for armed robbery, they must meet three elements and prove them beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That you were taking someone else’s property
- You were taking it directly from the victim or their immediate presence
- You were using force or intimidation
Armed robbery usually involves a weapon, often times a gun. A perpetrator that used a firearm to commit robbery falls under sentencing enhancements involving California’s 10-20-life law. This means if you are convicted of armed robbery and used a firearm, you receive:
- An additional 10 years for using the firearm during the commission of a robbery
- 20 additional years for firing the gun
- Perhaps even up to life for causing great bodily injury or killing someone with a gun during a robbery
Your freedom hangs in the balance if you have been arrested and charged with armed robbery. The prosecution has to prove a lot in order to obtain a conviction. Consider hiring 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 559.233.5333 to discuss your case.