DEFENSE OF ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES
Armed robbery involves the taking or attempted taking of another’s property by force or the display or threat of force. Armed robbery is considered a violent felony under North Carolina law. To be convicted for the crime of armed robbery the State must prove several elements including:
- That you took another person’s property;
- That you carried that property away;
- That you intended to permanently deprive that person of the property; and,
- That you took the property by using a deadly weapon or with the threat of a deadly weapon.
If you have been charged with armed robbery in North Carolina, you face sentencing as a Class D felon, subjecting you to the possibility of up to 160 months in prison. If you have more than one prior conviction for this same offense, you are subject to an even longer sentence under North Carolina’s Armed Habitual Felon sentencing enhancement. Sentencing guidelines in North Carolina are complicated and confusing, but depending on your prior criminal record, you could be sentenced to serve over 20 years in prison for an armed robbery conviction.
If you are in possession of a weapon during the commission of a robbery, and even if you did not and never intended to use that weapon, you are likely to be charged with armed robbery under North Carolina law. Even for first-time offenders, a single momentary lapse in judgment or isolated act of desperation could result in you spending decades of your life behind bars. Your only chance of avoiding this inevitable fate may lie in the hands of a lawyer skilled in defending violent crime charges. It is critical that you contact an attorney experienced right away.
At DeMent Askew & Johnson, we have over 40 years of experience defending armed robbery cases in and around Wake County, and we have a team of armed robbery attorneys with the skills and experience you need to prepare your strongest defense. We will evaluate your case, answering all your questions and making sure you understand all the possible outcomes. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, and we begin preparing to prevail at trial even while we attempt negotiations with the prosecutors’ office. Call to speak to one of our armed robbery attorneys for a free consultation today at 919-833-5555.
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