When you are accused of burglary, oftentimes an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital in determining a defense strategy of the charge. Burglary and robbery vary from simple theft in several different ways. These charges almost always include elements of intimidation, force, and property deprivation. They often have an added layer of harm inflicted on the victim, whether it is physical or mental. In the state of South Carolina, armed robbery, strong-armed robbery, and burglary are considered punishable felony offenses.
What you need to know if you are charged with burglary:
Armed robbery is when a person uses, or pretends to use, a deadly weapon during a robbery. It includes components of a serious threat, intimidation, and force. You can be charged with armed robbery by carrying a deadly weapon and intending to use that weapon, even if it is never used against the victim. Regardless of the value of the item that was taken, armed robbery is a felony charge that carries a prison sentence of 10 to 30 years. Attempted armed robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Strong Armed Robbery, also known as common law robbery, is taking property from a person or their presence without consent by intimidation or force. This act involves a threat of physical force without the use of a deadly weapon. In South Carolina, Strong Armed Robbery is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Strong armed robbery is also very similar to burglary and is handled in much the same way. In some instances, burglary prevention tactics might deter these actions, but sometimes you might just be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is very important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney if charged with burglary, armed robbery, or Strong Armed Robbery. A criminal defense lawyer will be able to review South Carolina statutes and specifications surrounding your case.
By setting an appointment with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, you’ll be able to review the charges and begin to craft a possible defense plan. Call our office at (864) 523-7738 to request a consultation with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey or online.