California Armed Robbery Attorney
Aggressive Defense Backed by Extensive Trial Experience
California state law defines “robbery” as any act of taking personal property from another person’s presence through force or intimidation. While the presence of a weapon is not necessary for robbery charges, it is a relatively straightforward way of demonstrating the use of threat or force. If an individual has a weapon in his or her possession during an alleged robbery—even if the individual does not use or threaten to use the weapon—he or she could face charges of armed robbery. This is a very serious offense, one that requires the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
If you or your loved one has been arrested for armed robbery, contact our California armed robbery lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry for a free consultation. With over 30 years of trial experience, Virginia L. Landry, the Gun Queen, is prepared to fight for you.
Call our office at (888) 272-6668 or contact us online today.
First-Degree Robbery vs. Second-Degree Robbery
In California, the crime of armed robbery can be charged as either first-degree or second-degree robbery, depending on the various circumstances involved.
The difference between first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery is as follows:
- First-Degree Robbery: Occurs when the robbery takes place in an inhabited dwelling, such as a house, trailer, building, or vessel; when the victim is a bus driver, taxi driver, or other transit operator on the job; or when the victim was using an ATM or was in the vicinity of an ATM at the time of the robbery.
- Second-Degree Robbery: Occurs when none of the conditions are met for first-degree robbery.
The penalties for first-degree robbery include three to six years in prison, or up to nine years in prison if the alleged robbery took place in an inhabited dwelling and includes conspiracy. Penalties for second-degree robbery can include anywhere from two to five years in prison. However, if an individual is found guilty of armed robbery, whether it is charged as first-degree or second-degree robbery, he or she will likely face even harsher penalties, including longer prison time.
Aggressively Advocating for Your Rights
As a skilled California armed robbery attorney, Virginia L. Landry is highly knowledgeable of California’s criminal laws, including weapon offenses. She understands not only what is at stake with a conviction but also what it takes to protect your rights, your future, and your freedom.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we offer empathetic, personalized legal guidance and a strategic approach to each and every case. We are here to help you understand your legal rights and options and work toward the best possible conclusion for your case. We look at all potential defenses—such as rightful claim to property, lack of intent, duress, and entrapment—and leave no stone unturned in our efforts to secure a favorable outcome.
For a free, confidential consultation regarding your case, call our office at (888) 272-6668. We are available 24/7.