New York courts are aggressive when hearing robbery cases. In fact, they are considered felonies, and, depending on the circumstances, being charged with such can have you facing serious penalties and possible jail time. To fight off the charges placed against you, read on to learn how a proficient Spring Valley shoplifting attorney at The Law Offices of Kevin T. Conway can assess your case and explore your legal options.
Robbery is generally considered as forcibly stealing property while using physical force or threatening to use physical force against another party. By New York law, there are three different types of robbery offenses: robbery in the first, second, and third degree.
Being the most serious offense, robbery in the first degree is defined as forcibly stealing property while causing serious physical injury to another party, all while arming yourself with a deadly weapon, such as a firearm or a knife, and then displaying, using, and/or threatening to use the deadly weapon.
As for robbery in the second degree, this is seen as forcibly stealing property while causing serious physical injury to another party and displaying a deadly weapon, but not necessarily using the deadly weapon.
The least serious offense of robbery in the third degree is still severe. It is seen as forcibly stealing the property of another party while using or threatening to use physical force against another party, but not necessarily arming yourself with a deadly weapon.
Each degree of robbery comes with a unique set of consequences. Firstly, robbery in the third degree is considered a Class D felony in New York state. This may lead to a prison sentence of anywhere between two to seven years.
Secondly, robbery in the second degree is considered a Class C felony. Subsequently, the potential penalty for this is a prison sentence of anywhere between seven to 15 years.
And lastly, being the most serious offense, robbery in the first degree is a Class B felony that brings along a potential prison sentence of anywhere between 10 to 25 years.
Nevertheless, the robbery conviction against you will likely lead to a criminal record that will hurt many aspects of your life. So regardless of which degree of robbery you are being charged with, you must retain the services of a talented Rockland County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our team will aggressively defend your case and attempt to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties you are facing.
Attorney Conway is a Spring Valley criminal attorney and is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation today.