St. Paul’s Robbery Lawyer
Robbery in Minnesota is considered a very serious charge that could result in spending years behind bars. As a violent crime, robbery is a felony and carries with it significant penalties. In addition to fines and prison time, a conviction will mean that defendants will have a felony charge on their permanent record, which can limit employment and housing opportunities. Working with felony attorneys is a key part of defending your rights and protecting your freedom.
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Many people confuse robbery and burglary, though they are legally very different. A robbery charge stems from an act that involves theft as well as either violence or the threat of violence. Breaking and entering into a home or commercial area, a carjacking or mugging someone could all merit a robbery charge.
There are three ways that Minnesota defines robbery, and those are the following:
- Aggravated first-degree robbery – This occurs when someone has used a dangerous weapon to steal something.
- Aggravated second-degree robbery – This occurs when someone implies that there is a dangerous weapon present during the theft.
- Simple robbery – This occurs when someone steals property through either the use of force or the threat of – not the use of – a weapon.
Every charge carries with it significant penalties. If convicted of simple robbery, you may face up to 10 years in prison and as much as $20,000 in fines. People convicted of second-degree aggravated robbery could face up to 15 years in prison and as much as $30,000 in fines. A first-degree aggravated robbery conviction is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
Simply acting as an accomplice in such a crime may also merit these severe charges. However, criminal defense attorneys with experience in theft cases understand how the law views the crime and can help build a strong defense in order to reduce or even dismiss charges.
Contact a Robbery Lawyer
At Keller Law Offices, we have worked with clients facing robbery and related charges. A charge is only a charge, and not a conviction. You have options when it comes to building your case and preserving your record and your freedom. Our criminal defense team offers free consultations to people facing theft charges. To schedule your appointment today, please call us at 952-913-1421.