Robbery is a word that is used often, although many people do not understand the legal definition of the word. Of course, like many legal terms, the meaning varies slightly from state to state, but in Colorado, Robbery is defined as knowingly taking anything of value from the person or presence of another person by use of force, threat, or intimidation. To take something from the body of another means to take something that the person has on them; this can be anything from a wallet, or other items carried in the purse or pockets, watches or other items of clothing or jewelry, or things that the person is carrying. The essential difference between robbery and theft is that the robber is inherently taking something away from a person, and using some sort of intimidation or threat to do it, where the thief could simply be taking an item that is unattended. Robbery is a very serious crime, with the potential for heavy penalty. If you have been charged with robbery, or are under investigation for any crime, contact a dedicated Denver criminal defense lawyer at The Tafoya Law Firm immediately to protect your rights.
Robbery vs. Aggravated Robbery
There are actually two classes of robbery under Colorado law: robbery and aggravated robbery. Aggravated robbery occurs when the robber is armed with a deadly weapon, or uses a deadly weapon to cause the robbery victim to fear for his or her safety. Simple robbery is a Class 4 Felony, which means that it carries a presumptive range of 2 â€“ 6 years in prison. Aggravated Robbery is a Class 3 Felony, which would normally carry 4 â€“ 12 years in prison, but because it is also considered an extraordinary risk crime, the range is extended by four years, becoming 4-16 years. Additionally, if the object of the aggravated robbery is drugs, it can become a Class 2 Felony, carrying a presumptive range of 8 â€“ 24 years.
Robbery is classified as a violent crime; when you are charged with robbery, it is vital that you work with a Denver criminal defense attorney who will:
Protect your rights
Understand your situation
Design the best possible defense strategy around the specific details of YOUR particular situation
Fight hard for you at every step of the process
Defense Against Robbery Charges
One of the most important things to remember when facing any criminal charges is that everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty in court. In order to be convicted of robbery, the state must prove each of several elements of the crime. If the state is unable to prove each element of the crime, then you should not be found guilty of robbery, although in some cases there may also be lesser charges. In some cases, rather than demonstrating doubt of the crime, it is possible to actually prove your innocence. One way might be to prove that you were somewhere else when the crime occurred. In some cases, it is even possible to show that the crime may not have occurred at all.
If you have been charged with robbery, contact the dedicated aggressive Denver criminal defense attorney at The Tafoya Law Firm today. Alaurice Tafoya-Modi has defended numerous Coloradans against criminal charges of all kinds. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi believes that a cornerstone of criminal defense is the compassion she has for each of her clients, and the situation in which they find themselves. She will protect your rights when you deal with investigators and prosecutors, listen to the facts of the case, and conduct an independent investigation into the case. She will design your defense specifically around the details of your case, and fight aggressively to protect you during investigation, trial, and after. Whether you have done something that you regret, or have been accused of something that you didn’t do, speak with Alaurice Tafoya-Modi today at (303)813-1100.