In North Carolina, many crimes fall under the general category of theft, robbery and armed robbery being the most severe. Felony charges almost always apply to these offenses. Cases can fall under federal jurisdiction in some circumstances, where the consequences and fines dramatically increase. Seeking Raleigh-based representation should be at the top of your list of priorities if you’ve been charged with robbery.
Robbery vs. Theft
Robbery, theft, and burglary are often used interchangeably in movies and pop culture. As such, there can be considerable confusion about the terms and their differences.
Robbery is the physical, unlawful taking or attempted taking of another person’s property through the use of threat or force. This usually involves possessing, using, or threatening to use a dangerous weapon. What makes this different from theft or burglary? In a robbery, there must be at least one victim present at the time of the crime.
Theft and burglary do not require the presence of a victim who is threatened with bodily harm. Theft is the unauthorized taking of property from another with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. Burglary is the unlawful entry into a place or structure with the intent to commit any crime inside, not just theft.
Types of Robbery
In the North Carolina General Statutes, section 14-87 defines the crime of robbery in North Carolina. There are three primary types of robbery charges in the state:
- Common-Law Robbery doesn’t involve the use of a weapon but does include a victim. For example, punching a victim while taking personal property from them is considered a common-law robbery.
- Armed Robbery cases involve the use of dangerous weapons to commit the robbery.
- Aiding and Abetting is assisting or facilitating an armed robbery.
Penalties for Robbery
Robbery is a more severe offense than theft. In Raleigh, NC, robbery is always a felony, and the punishment can be life-altering. The consequences of a robbery conviction vary greatly depending on the unique circumstances of the crime.
Generally, those convicted can expect to face anywhere from 38 to 204 months in prison. If accused individuals have a prior criminal history or if aggravating factors are involved in the robbery case, points can be added to the offense, extending the incarceration.
In North Carolina, penalties are as follows:
- Common law robbery is classified as a Class G felony and can carry up to a 50-month sentence. This will remain on your record for life.
- Armed robbery cases are classified as a Class D felony and can carry sentences of 12 or more years in jail.
- Aiding and abetting a robbery is punished the same as if the defendant committed the robbery himself, which can result in a Class D felony sentence.
Contact Us Today
It is critical to speak with a robbery defense attorney immediately if you’ve been accused of this crime. A charge of robbery carries a hefty sentence if you’re convicted. At Dysart Willis, we have experience helping our clients avoid harsh penalties and can make the difference between a long sentence in prison and a not guilty verdict. Call us at 919-747-8380 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.