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A robbery charge in Arizona can come with serious consequences. In addition to criminal charges, you may also face professional and financial repercussions; not to mention the social implications that come with convictions for theft crimes. That’s why, if you’ve been charged with robbery or any other type of theft crime in Arizona, it is important that you equip the help of qualified Arizona attorneys who have plenty of experience defending those accused or charged with robbery.
As a top Phoenix criminal defense attorney, Belén Olmedo Guerra understands the unique circumstances surrounding the preparation and defense of a robbery charge and has the skill and courtroom experience and it takes to fight aggressively on your behalf. If you or a loved one face Phoenix robbery charges, call the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Belén Law Firm today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
Robbery Charges in Arizona
ARS § 13-1902
The classification for the crime of robbery can be found in Arizona’s Revised Statutes § 13-1902. According to Arizona law, “a person commits robbery if in the course of taking any property of another from his [or her] person or immediate presence and against his [or her] will, such person threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce surrender of property or to prevent resistance to such person taking or retaining property.”
In other words, a person commits a robbery offense if they threaten or forcefully take another person’s property. This property robbery can be either directly off their body, from their hands, or in their immediate vicinity. Robbery offenses can also increase in severity. Depending on the circumstances, a person may face an armed robbery or aggravated robbery charge.
Robbery vs. Armed Robbery
A simple robbery charge becomes one of armed robbery when the defendant uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument to commit the offense. This includes a simulated deadly weapon. A simulated weapon may be something like a toy water gun or when the perpetrator holds his hands in his pockets to make it appear as if he had a gun or other dangerous weapon. As long as the alleged victim reasonably believes they are being threatened with a deadly weapon, an armed robbery charge may result.
The classification for armed robbery charges can be found under A.R.S. § 13-1904.
What is Aggravated Robbery?
Aggravated robbery in Arizona, as found in A.R.S. § 13-1903, occurs when a person commits the act of robbery but is aided by at least one accomplice.
Is Robbery a Misdemeanor?
Theft crimes are serious charges in Arizona, especially crimes of robbery. Under Arizona law, robbery of any degree is a felony. This means that the penalties are much harsher than they would be for misdemeanor crimes. If a person is charged with robbery, they face extensive jail time and hefty fines. Depending on whether the offender has a previous conviction for robbery, probation may or may not be an option.
How Long Can You Go To Jail for Robbery?
If you are charged with robbery and proven guilty, you may face anywhere between one year and potentially up to 35 years in prison. Of course, this all depends on the type of charge you face, whether the offense is classified as a “dangerous offense,” and if you have any historical priors. The facts of your case will determine whether you receive a Class 2 felony, Class 3 felony, or Class 4 felony charge. Our Arizona felony sentencing charts can help those charged with felony robbery anticipate what punishments they may be up against.
Penalties for Robbery in AZ
In Arizona, robbery is a Class Four felony. As previously mentioned, the sentencing for felony theft charges in Arizona depends on whether or not the defendant is a first-time or repeat offender. The following penalties are for first, second, and third offenses of robbery:
- First Offense Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 1 year to 3.75 years in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000; or both. Offenders may be eligible for probation for a first offense.
- Second Offense Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 2.25 years to 7.5 years in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000; or both. Second-time offenders are NOT eligible for probation.
- Third Offense Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 6 to 15 years in prison; between $750 to $150,000 in fines; or both. Third-time offenders are NOT eligible for probation.
Sentence for Aggravated Robbery in AZ
The crime of aggravated robbery is considered a Class 3 felony in Arizona. Here are the associated penalties for first and subsequent offenses:
- First Offense Aggravated Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 2 years to 8.75 years in prison; between $750 to $150,000 in fines; or both. Offenders may be eligible for probation for a first offense.
- Second Offense Aggravated Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 3.25 years to 16.25 years in prison; fines ranging between $750 to $150,000; or both. Second-time offenders are NOT eligible for probation.
- Third Offense Aggravated Robbery Conviction – Anywhere between 7.5 years to 25 years in prison; between $750 to $150,000 in fines; or both. Third-time offenders are also NOT eligible for probation.
Armed Robbery Sentence in AZ
An armed robbery charge in Arizona is the most severe of the robbery charges. This offense is a Class 2 felony, and the penalties vary depending on the existence of historical priors and whether the state classifies the offense as a dangerous felony. We’ll include the potential sentences for first, second, and third offenses for both non-dangerous and dangerous Class 2 felonies:
- First Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Non-Dangerous) – Anywhere between 3 years to 12.5 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Class 2 felony offenders are generally not eligible for probation, parole, or suspended sentences.
- Second Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Non-Dangerous) – Anywhere between 4.5 years to 23 years in prison and fines up to $150,000. Not eligible for probation, parole, or suspended sentences.
- Third Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Non-Dangerous) – Anywhere between 10.5 years to 35 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Not eligible for probation, parole, or suspended sentences.
Below are the prison terms for a dangerous armed robbery offense, including first offenses and offenses with historical priors:
- First Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Dangerous) – Between 7 years to 21 years in prison.
- Second Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Dangerous) – Between 14 years to 28 years in prison.
- Third Offense Armed Robbery Conviction (Dangerous) – Between 21 years to 35 years in prison.
Penalties increase further if the armed robbery charge is a dangerous offense and is the second, third, or subsequent dangerous offense on the defendant’s criminal record. This means the defendant had a prior conviction (or convictions) for other dangerous offenses. In this case, the offender faces a mandatory prison sentence between 10.5 and 26.25 years for a second dangerous offense and between 15.75 and 35 years for third or subsequent offenses.
How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
As you can see, Arizona felonies and their penalties are severe and can result in decades behind bars and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Those accused or charged with these theft crimes often feel hopeless, but they don’t always have to. When you obtain the help of an experienced Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, you ensure your constitutional rights remain protected and set yourself up for the best possible chance at having your case dismissed, criminal charges reduced, or even an acquittal at trial. This is especially true when you hire Phoenix robbery lawyer Belén Olmedo Guerra. At Belén Law Firm, our legal team has the experience and skill it takes to guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system and achieve the best possible solution to your case.
The sooner you reach out to Belén, the better. Once a formal attorney-client relationship is established, she will get straight to work building and strengthening your defense, such as obtaining police reports, witness statements, and evidence surrounding your case. This allows her to explore and pursue potential defenses. In addition, she will also explore other legal avenues, including the possibility of constitutional violations that may result in your case being thrown out.
It is invaluable to you and your case that you have the comfort and security of knowing someone is doing everything they can to fight for your legal rights and ultimately, your freedom. For a free case evaluation and to learn more about how the AZ criminal defense attorneys at Belén Law Firm can help you, call (602) 715-0908 today.
Phoenix, Arizona Robbery Defense Lawyer
If you’re facing a conviction for a theft crime such as robbery in Arizona, you’re up against some serious penalties and a permanent criminal record, not to mention the professional and personal ramifications that come with such a charge. That’s why it is imperative that you obtain the help of an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.
At the Belén Law Firm, we provide aggressive, staunch defense for all of our clients facing accusations and charges of theft crimes. If you are looking for a top criminal defense firm in Phoenix, contact us today and request your free initial consultation. You may do so by calling our law offices at 602-715-0908 or by sending us a message through our online intake form. We offer 24/7 legal advice and are ready to help provide the best defense possible for your case.