Robbery Charges in Connecticut
There are several different types of theft crimes in Connecticut, from simple larceny to embezzlement to shoplifting. However, there are certain types of theft crimes that differ in their execution from more simple acts - robbery being the most potentially remarkable. Unlike most other theft crimes, robbery has an element of force to it that can lead to violence. If you have been charged with robbery or other home invasion crimes, you need an experienced attorney on your side to guide you through the process.
Many Factors to Consider
Robbery is defined as a person in the process of committing larceny either using or threatening to use force for two possible purposes: (1) demanding or threatening someone so they provide the property sought, and/or (2) preventing anyone from trying to stop the larceny in progress. For example, a person who steals money from a convenience store cash register without anyone noticing has committed larceny, but a person who holds a gun on the clerk and demands the money has committed robbery, because of the use of force.
The potential penalties for robbery are quite severe, though sentences may fluctuate based on different factors that might or might not be present in the specific case. For example, if someone has a prior criminal record, their sentence might be enhanced by that factor. Even the lowest category of robbery, however, still carries up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, with the highest degree possibly carrying a 20-year jail term. Every case is different, which is why an experienced attorney is crucial to have on your side.
If You Are Charged
If you are charged, it can be important to know what defenses might be available to you. Obviously, if you have an alibi for the time of the crime, it is crucial to provide that, but there are other affirmative defenses that can either absolve or mitigate criminal liability. Obviously, the easiest thing to do is to establish reasonable doubt. A robbery case has two parts that must be proven in court in order to result in a conviction: (1) the commission of a larceny, and (2) the use or threat of physical force. Both must be shown, or no conviction can happen.
Other common affirmative defenses tend to include attacking the admissibility of evidence. Even the most able law enforcement officials may make mistakes, or may even deliberately choose to try and include evidence that is not admissible. If you are able to question the chain of custody or the legality of the search, it may be that certain evidence being used against you will be excluded due to inadmissibility. You do have rights in court, and they must be honored and protected.
Talk to a Fairfield County Theft Crimes Attorney Today
Robbery is a serious crime, and if you have been arrested and charged, you need a dedicated Stamford theft crimes lawyer to ensure that you get your fair day in court. Attorney Daniel P. Weiner has experience with this sort of case, and the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner is ready to work hard for you. Contact our office today at 203-348-5846 for a free consultation.