Armed robbery is a felony offense involving the use of a weapon. This charge can have a negative impact on your reputation and employment. Cases like this are difficult and an experienced criminal lawyer can help you avoid a long prison sentence. However, it is important to work with a dedicated criminal lawyer to assist you during this process. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Elements of Armed Robbery
Virginia Courts take robbery offenses very seriously. Prosecutors and Police in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William want to protect the community from this violent crime. When a robbery occurs, the community takes notice and has concern for its safety. Police Officers and Prosecutors want to prevent as many of these crimes as possible. In doing so, they ensure the citizens are safe. To that end, Prosecutors and Police want to make sure the person faces charges.
There is not a separate offense of armed robbery. In Virginia, Robbery occurs when there is (1) an unlawful taking or carrying away; (2) property of another; (3) from a person or his presence; (4) through force, threat, or intimidation; and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Using a weapon is one-way prosecutors will prove that force, threat, or intimidation was present.
Penalty for Robbery
Robbery in Virginia is punishable by 5 years to life in prison (Va. Code §18.2-58). However, the use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery is a separate felony offense under Va. Code §18.2-53.1, with a punishment of three years in prison for a first offense. Additionally, a second offense carries a mandatory minimum punishment of 5 years in prison. An offender can be convicted of both robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in Virginia and the sentences will be consecutive.