Consequences of Robbery Charges in Arizona

consequences of robberyWhen we hear about robbery charges in the news, we typically see stories of crimes that were just committed and the police need our help.

  • Do we recognize the suspect?
  • If you have any information, contact police.

Maybe we get to see a follow-up story letting us know the suspect has been caught. But do you ever take a minute and consider whether or not the person is guilty or why they may have committed the crime?

When we look at stories, like this recent one of a Tucson robbery suspect who was caught, we only see one side. We urge everyone to remember that suspects are innocent until proven guilty. If you or someone you love has been charged with robbery, please seek assistance from an Arizona criminal defense attorney immediately.

What Happened Here?

The Tucson Police Department says that they caught a suspect who was allegedly responsible for two armed robberies, one at a Circle K convenience store on Speedway Boulevard and another at an ATM across the street. They say he fired shots at both locations but that nobody was injured.

He has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, 1st-degree burglary, as well as discharging a firearm at an occupied structure.

While we wait for these charges to play out in court, we want to take a moment and define with robbery actually is.

Defining Robbery

As with other charges in Arizona, there are multiple levels of robbery offenses: robbery, aggravated robbery, and armed robbery. These charges differ from theft charges due to there being the use of force or taking property against another person’s will.

Robbery is a Class 4 felony with penalties of 1 to 3.75 years in prison. If there is one prior conviction, the range increases to 2.25 to 7.5 years in prison. A conviction of robbery requires proof that the suspect:

  • took property that belonged to someone else
  • took the property from another person’s body or from their immediate presence
  • took the property against the other person’s will
  • the suspect threatened the use of force with the intent to make them surrender the property

Aggravated robbery is a Class 3 felony with penalties of 2 to 8.75 years in prison. If there is one prior conviction, the range increases to 3.5 to 16.25 years in prison. The same proof is applied for this crime as a robbery charge and includes:

  • the suspect, in the course of committing the robbery, was assisted by an accomplice who was present at the scene

Armed robbery is a Class 2 felony with penalties of 7 to 21 years in prison. If there is one prior dangerous conviction, the range increases to 14 to 28 years in prison. The same proof as the previous two charges applies and includes:

  • the suspect or an accomplice being armed with a deadly weapon, toy or replica deadly weapon, firearm
  • the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon, simulated deadly weapon, or other dangerous instrument

Moving Forward From Here

If you or a loved one have been charged with robbery in Arizona, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. A skilled criminal defense attorney will work diligently to review all charges and evidence against you and challenge them in court. The goal will be to prove that you (a) did not commit the crime you have been accused of or (b) the level of seriousness of the charge cannot be proven. We want to get your charged reduced or dismissed altogether. These are serious charges and lifelong consequences.

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