Colorado Springs Robbery Defense Attorneys
Defining Robbery in Colorado
Many people use the terms "robbery" and "burglary" interchangeably, but they are actually very different crimes under the law.
To be considered guilty of burglary, it must be proven that a person forced his or her way into a home, commercial building or locked container with the intention of committing a crime. During a robbery, a person takes something from someone else by intimidating, threatening or harming someone directly.
A robbery in Colorado can occur anywhere and does not have to involve a "break and enter." The key factors in a robbery are threats of harm or actual harm and direct interaction with the victim. If you are currently under investigation for robbery or have already been charged with this crime, you need a top Colorado Springs theft lawyer and The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help.
Examples of Robbery
The following actions could all be cause for the authorities to charge you with robbery:
- You approach a driver of a car and order him to leave, threatening to physically harm the driver if he doesn't comply.
- You enter a store and demand money from the clerk. You might threaten him or her verbally or show the clerk a pistol you are carrying. In the latter instance, the police will likely charge you with armed robbery.
- You pin somebody against a wall and refuse to release the person until he or she gives you his or her wallet.
- You physically assault somebody and steal something from the person after you knock him or her down.
Types of Robbery
Under Colorado law, there are two types of robbery: simple robbery and aggravated or armed robbery. The main distinction between the two types of theft is that in the latter, the accused uses a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife to commit the crime or tells the victim that he or she has a deadly weapon. Not surprisingly, the latter is associated with longer prison terms.
For simple robbery, prison terms are usually between four and 12 years. The reason for such a large range is that there are many variables a judge has to consider when deciding on a sentence. Whether the accused has a criminal past, whether the victim was actually harmed (and if so, how severely) and the item or items stolen all need to be taken into account.
Fighting a Robbery Charge in Colorado
The first thing you need to determine is whether the robbery charge is justified. The key question is whether the accused used force or intimidation to secure the property of another person. If the answer is no, and you should keep in mind that the definitions of these terms can be quite subjective, you may be able to get your charges reduced to petty theft or shoplifting, which carry much lighter sentences. This is just one of many possible robbery defense strategies that can help you get your charges modified or even dropped. To discuss which approach will be best in your situation, contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. at (719) 475-2555 and arrange a free initial consultation.