Armed robbery is one of the most serious criminal charges a person may face. All robberies are a felony offense, which may result in a significant term of incarceration in a state prison. If you are convicted of committing a robbery with a gun, however, you also face the possibility of an additional prison sentence of 10 to 25 years.
Contact a Los Angeles Armed Robbery Defense Lawyer Today!
With so much at stake, finding the right attorney is critical. You can find the strong defense you need at the Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman in Los Angeles. As a former prosecutor, Daniel Perlman knows how to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of a criminal case, use creative measures to help minimize the potential impact of criminal charges and raise a strong defense at trial when necessary. Contact us today for help; call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.
Armed Robbery Charges in Los Angeles
In California, a robbery occurs when a person takes the personal property of another person through the use of force or fear. To constitute a robbery, the defendant must take the property directly from the alleged victim or in his or her immediate presence.
Robbery may be charged as first-degree robbery or second-degree robbery. The maximum prison sentence for second-degree robbery is five years, whereas a first-degree robbery can result in a maximum prison sentence of six or nine years [CA Penal Code 213].
Robbery is a strike offense, which means that you will face significantly increased penalties if you are convicted of a felony at a future date. Visit our Robbery Charges page to learn more about first- and second-degree robbery and the consequences of being convicted of a strike offense.
Enhanced Penalties for Armed Robbery in Los Angeles
In addition to any prison time you may be required to serve for a first- or second-degree robbery conviction, you may be sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 25 years for the separate offense of using a weapon in the commission of a crime. Under California law, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime may result in the following penalties:
- A 10-year prison sentence for use of a firearm in the commission of a crime
- A 20-year prison if you fired the firearm
- 25 years to life in prison if you killed another person or caused serious bodily harm
If you have been charged with armed robbery, there are many defenses we may raise on your behalf. The victim may have misidentified you. The state may not have sufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We may be able to suppress evidence obtained by law enforcement officials as a result of an unconstitutional search and seizure.
Our first hope is to help you avoid a criminal conviction altogether. We offer skilled trial lawyers who are prepared to fight for an acquittal on your behalf at trial if you wish to fight your charges.
Even if the prosecution has an overwhelming case, however, we may be able to get your charges reduced to a non-strike offense or other lesser offense, or we may be able to reach a plea agreement with the prosecution that will favorably impact your sentencing. We believe that every person accused of a crime has a right to a zealous defense, and that is exactly what we will provide on your behalf if retained as your counsel.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles armed robbery defense lawyers, call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.