Armed robbery is punished severely in Georgia, due to the potential for harm to others when this crime is committed. If you are facing armed robbery charges, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Wallack Law in Atlanta today. We are passionate about protecting your rights.
Armed robbery is a felony offense in Georgia. It is committed when a person takes another person’s property from that person, or from an area within that person’s immediate control, using an offensive weapon. To commit armed robbery, a person must have intended to take the property, using any weapon (which could be an item or device that only appears to be a weapon, such as a toy gun). Robbery by intimidation is a lesser, sometimes included offense with armed robber that occurs when a person takes someone else’s property through the use of coercion, threats, or fear.
Penalties for armed robbery can range anywhere from a 10-year minimum to a 20-year maximum prison sentence, to life imprisonment. A second conviction of armed robbery carries a life sentence without possibility of parole. A previous felony conviction anywhere in the U.S. can mean serving the maximum sentence upon conviction. Three previous felony convictions can lead to the maximum sentence without possibility of parole.
Defenses against armed robbery charges will depend on the evidence and the circumstances surrounding your particular case. The following are defenses sometimes used in armed robbery cases.
A conviction of armed robbery can mean 10 to 20 years in prison, and in some cases, with no possibility of parole or a life sentence. If you have been accused of this crime, call Wallack Law in Atlanta right away to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.