Are you or someone you love facing robbery charges in Johnson County? If so, we urge you to contact our Johnson County criminal defense attorney from Martin & Wallentine, LLC immediately to discuss your case. We are well-versed in Kansas and Missouri criminal statutes, and we regularly handle cases in the Johnson County, KS District Court, Johnson County Municipal Court, Overland Park Municipal Court, as well as Leawood and Shawnee Municipal Court.
Understanding the Crime of Robbery
Have you recently been arrested for robbery? Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value away from someone by force or by the threat of force, or by instilling fear in the victim. In general, robbery is the act of taking someone's property with the intention of permanently depriving that person of that property, by means of force or fear. Robbery is separate from a common theft crime because it involves the elements of violence and intimidation and it involves a victim.
There are different types of robbery, armed robbery involves using a weapon and aggravated robbery generally refers to using a deadly weapon such as a firearm or something that appears to be a deadly weapon. A mugging takes place outside and in a public place, whereas carjacking is the act of stealing a motor vehicle from the victim by force.
Crimes Against Persons, Aggravated Robbery
Each state has its own laws criminalizing robbery and armed robbery, in the state of Kansas armed robbery is covered under Article 54. – Crimes Against Persons, Section 21-5420. Robbery; aggravated robbery. Under §21-5420, it defines robbery as knowingly taking property from the person or in the presence of another by force or by threatening bodily harm to any person.
Aggravated robbery is a more serious offense than robbery; aggravated robbery is when a person commits robbery and is armed with a dangerous weapon, or when the perpetrator inflicts bodily harm upon any person in the course of committing robbery.
In the state of Kansas, robbery is a level 5 felony offense, and aggravated robbery is a level 3 felony offense. Under Kansas law, the two primary factors that go into determining punishment of a convicted felon are the severity level of the crime and the defendant's criminal history. When a person is convicted of robbery, they face up to 34 months in prison and a maximum fine of $300,000. For aggravated robbery, the defendant faces up to 61 months in jail and a maximum $300,000 fine.
Don't Wait Any Longer. Let Martin & Wallentine Fight for You
A conviction for a felony level crime can incur thousands of dollars in fines and involve imprisonment. Not only that, but a criminal record is a permanent and life-changing consequence that can make it nearly impossible to:
- Obtain housing
- Find adequate employment
- Receive education loans
- Get a professional license
Don't put your future in the hands of a weak public defender; contact an Johnson County criminal attorney from our firm so we can begin tailoring a defense strategy on your behalf. When your future and your freedom are in the hands of your defense attorney, you're going to want someone who cares about you and your family and who cares about helping you achieve the best possible outcome considering your unique set of circumstances.
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