Cobb County Robbery Lawyer
Robbery constitutes a form of theft where someone takes property from another by using intimidation or force. If someone puts another individual at risk of bodily injury and takes their merchandise, this would be considered robbery and punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Due to the gravity of this offense and the possible penalties involved, it is imperative that those accused speak with a Cobb County robbery lawyer at once who could offer valuable guidance. An experienced criminal attorney could assist you in formulating an effective defense for your case.
Cobb County Robbery Laws and Sentencing
A person commits robbery in Cobb County if they take money or property from another person or in the immediate presence of another individual with the intent of committing theft as per Code of Georgia §16-8-40. There are three primary ways in which robbery could occur, by:
- The use of force
- Threat, intimidation, or placing another individual in fear of imminent serious bodily injury to them or another
- By sudden snatching
Robbery is classified as a felony offense under Georgia law, which incurs stricter penalties than some other types of crimes. If someone is charged with robbery and convicted, penalties could include incarceration up to 20 years, a minimum of $1,000 in fines, or probation.
Robbery against an individual who is 65 years old or older is punishable by a minimum of five year’s incarceration but no more than 20 years. A second charge for robbery could leave the alleged offender facing a lifetime prison sentence if convicted.
According to O.C.G.A. §16-8-41, armed robbery involves the taking or attempt to take something of value from someone else through threats of bodily harm or force, with the use of a weapon. An armed robbery conviction incurs penalties ranging from a minimum prison term of 10 years to a maximum 20-year sentence, life imprisonment, and in rare instances, the death penalty.
Robbery of a Pharmacy
Georgia law defines a specific crime for individuals accused of taking a precursor or controlled substance from a wholesale druggist or pharmacy in O.C.G.A. §16-13-25 through §16-13-29. If an individual injures someone during the commission of the alleged crime, a conviction would be punishable by a minimum 15 year’s incarceration. Otherwise, the minimum term of incarceration under the law is 10 years.
A lawyer could help the accused strategize various defenses and identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. When gathering evidence to build the most effective defense possible for the accused, a Cobb County robbery lawyer would contact and interview witnesses, as they could prove helpful. For instance, there may be misidentification in a robbery case when using eyewitness testimony.
A potential defense could be that the accused lacked intent to commit the alleged crime as they believed the property was truly theirs. Another defense would be if the taking was justified, provided the accused could show evidence that they are legally entitled to possess the property in question or show good faith that they believed they were entitled to it.
Working with a Cobb County Robbery Attorney
Any individual facing charges should look for an accomplished Cobb County robbery lawyer who has represented other robbery cases previously. An attorney with extensive knowledge of the body of laws governing these types of cases may be able to help you build your defense, protect your legal rights, and advocate vigorously on your behalf.
Call the office for an introductory consultation and case evaluation today.