A robbery arrest is a very serious charge and should be treated as such from day one of your arrest. Robbery charges are often brought as felonies, which have the potential of leading to years in prison and heightened penalty amounts, in addition to an uncertain future. Any felony conviction on your record may impact your ability to hold a job in the future, maintain child custody, or even vote. If you have been arrested on charges of robbery, it is important to consult with a robbery attorney in San Jose, CAas soon as you are able.
Robbery is defined in California as the taking of personal property of another from the other's person, against his will, through force or fear. The prosecution must be able to prove that the property taken was not your own, was taken against the person's will through force, and with the intent to permanently deprive that person of their property. Robbery is broken into first degree robbery and second degree robbery in California.
First degree robbery occurs within a private residence, such as a home or even a hotel room. All other robbery offenses are considered second degree robbery. Both first degree and second degree robbery carry with them heightened punishment ranges, including years in state prison, and fines up to $10,000.
A good criminal defense attorney in San Jose will work with you to understand the facts of your case. The facts are often what turns the case. The facts may indicate that you did not take the property, had a claim to the property, or did not use force or fear to deprive the other person of their property. The definition of robbery in California requires all these items to be true in order for a conviction to go forward, and casting any doubt on these items could lead to a promising defense.
An experienced San Jose robbery attorney will carefully examine the facts of your case and work to establish a defense that disproves any of the robbery fact patterns. While the prosecution will work hard to establish all aspects of the robbery definition were meant, your attorney will work equally hard to disprove these facts. It is important to keep in mind California's “three strikes law” in deciding whether to secure a criminal defense attorney. If you have any prior convictions, you may face heightened penalties, including up to life in prison. It is therefore important to contact a robbery lawyer in San Jose as soon as possible after your arrest.
Ahmed and Sukaram Law | San Jose Robbery Attorneys
If you have been charged with robbery in California, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys, Nafiz Ahmed andShari Sukaram. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting clients with robbery charges and will work tirelessly to prepare a defense. It is important to remember that a robbery arrest does not always lead to a conviction, and therefore there is still time to protect your criminal record. Contact our San Jose office today for your initial free consultation.