When you are accused of robbery, often times an attorney is vital in determining a defense of the charge. Robbery varies from simple theft in several different ways. Robbery charges include elements of intimidation, force and property deprivation. In the state of South Carolina, both armed robbery and Strong Armed Robbery 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 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 or 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.
It is very important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney if charged with 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.