Robbery is a serious offense in California, carrying severe penalties and consequences. It is defined as taking someone else's property through the use of force or fear. The offense is punishable by up to nine years in state prison, depending on the circumstances of the crime. Therefore, it is crucial to understand California's robbery laws and defenses, especially if you are facing charges or are involved in a robbery case.
What is Robbery?
Robbery is defined as taking someone else's property by force or fear. There are two types of robbery under California law: first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.
First-degree robbery occurs in an inhabited dwelling, such as a house or apartment, or an inhabited building, such as a store or office. It is also first-degree robbery if the victim is a driver or passenger of a bus, taxi, or other commercial vehicle.
Second-degree robbery is any other type of robbery that does not meet the criteria for first-degree robbery.
Defenses to Robbery
If you are facing robbery charges in California, there are defenses available to you. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Schweitzer & Davidian can help you explore your options and develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your case.
One common defense to the robbery is mistaken identity. In some cases, witnesses may have identified the wrong person as the perpetrator of the crime. Our attorneys can review the evidence and testimony in your case to determine whether there is any evidence of mistaken identity.
Another defense to the robbery is lack of intent. If the defendant did not intend to commit robbery or did not know that their actions could be considered robbery, they may be able to use this as a defense. Our attorneys can work to show that the defendant did not have the necessary intent to commit robbery or that they lacked the knowledge that their actions constituted robbery.
Additionally, self-defense is another potential defense to robbery. If the defendant used force or fear to protect themselves or someone else from harm, they may be able to argue that they acted in self-defense. Our attorneys can help gather evidence and witness testimony to support a self-defense claim.
Trust Schweitzer & Davidian for Expert Legal Guidance
If you or someone you know is facing robbery charges in California, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Schweitzer & Davidian have extensive experience defending clients in robbery cases and can provide the guidance and support you need.
We understand the complexities of California's robbery laws and the defenses available to our clients. We will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case, ensuring your rights are protected at every stage of the legal process.
Take advantage of our free consultation offer and schedule an appointment to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. We will review your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your options.
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