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Atlanta Armed Robbery Attorney

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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Founding attorney Sanford A. Wallack has been practicing criminal defense law in the greater Atlanta metro area for two and a half decades. Our firm has been established for the past 15 years.
  • We focus our practice exclusively on criminal defense. We offer passionate representation, personalized attention, and innovative approaches to the cases we handle.
  • We are honest and frank in counseling you as to your options. We work our hardest to offer you the best options available and educate you on those options. Ultimately, however, the decision is yours as to which options we pursue.

What Is Armed Robbery?

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.

What Are the Penalties for Armed Robbery?

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.

What Are Some Possible Defenses against Armed Robbery Charges?

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.

  • To convict a defendant of armed robbery, the prosecution must show that a weapon was intended to be used. Your attorney may be able to show that the weapon was never intended to be used, for example, if a firearm was not loaded.
  • Law enforcement must adhere to proper procedures in searching for and confiscating weapons. If any evidence was illegally obtained, your lawyer can file a motion to suppress the evidence, which may result in your case being dismissed or the charges being reduced.
  • In most armed robbery cases, alleged victims or witnesses will need to pick the accused from a photo or out of a lineup. If the rights of the accused were violated in any way or any part of the identification process can be suppressed, the resulting evidence can be thrown out.

Contact Us Today

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.