Grand Junction Robbery Defense Attorneys
You may not realize how harshly robbery crimes are treated in Colorado. This kind of crime is on par with kidnapping and even murder when it comes to the penalties. That is why, if you have been arrested for robbery, you need to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. Robbery trials are complex, and relying on an overworked public defender is not in your best interests.
Peters & Nolan, LLC, can ensure you get the defense your case truly needs. To begin your free consultation with some of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state, call us at (970) 243-4357. We provide aggressive and dedicated support for our clients and can do the same for you.
There are many theft crimes that are outlawed in Colorado. Robbery is just one of them. However, robbery is considered one of the more serious theft crimes: it is defined as the theft of property by using threats, intimation, or force. A robbery specifically involves an alleged criminal victimizing someone in order to steal their property. Thus, a robber would be considered more dangerous than a thief.
There are three different charges of robbery under Colorado law. In order of increasing severity, they are:
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated robbery of a controlled substance
Aggravated robbery occurs when a deadly weapon, such as a firearm, is used to threaten or cause injury. This could be a simple as a robber indicating that he has a firearm and is willing to use it, even if the firearm was not pointed at anyone or even drawn out. If said weapon was then used to steal controlled substances, as in drugs that are classified on the Colorado drug schedule, it becomes aggravated robbery of a controlled substance.
Even simple robbery is classified as a felony -- there are no misdemeanor robberies. A such, the penalties for a robbery conviction are severe. If you are convicted of simple robbery, then you could be facing:
- Between 2 and 6 years in prison
- A mandatory 3-year parole
- Between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines
If the victim of the simple robbery was in a protected group, such as someone with a disability or a person over the age of 70, then the penalties increase. Instead of the above penalties, you may instead get:
- Between 4 and 12 years in prison
- A mandatory 5-year parole
- Fines of up to $500,000
Aggravated robbery is considered an “extraordinary risk crime,” so the consequences for a conviction are going to be incredibly harsh. People convicted of aggravated robbery are considered to be a danger to the community, and so must be removed from society for an extended period of time. The sentencing includes:
- Between 4 and 16 years in prison
- A mandatory 5-year parole
- Fines of up to $750,000
If the deadly weapon was actually used during the robbery, or anyone was injured by the robber, then the maximum prison sentence increases to 32 years.
Aggravated robbery of controlled substances is a class 2 felony, which places it in the same category as second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. Penalties for this crime include:
- Between 16 and 48 years in prison
- A mandatory 5-year parole
- Fines between $5,000 and $1,000,000
It is not heard to see that robbery is taken very seriously in Colorado. A conviction for even simple robbery could lead to years behind bars. If a weapon was used, those years increase to decades. Of course, that is if there are no aggravating factors.
Leading up to trial, district attorneys try to tack on further charges in order to lengthen the defendant’s prison sentence – and make him more amenable to a plea bargain. Or point to circumstances of the alleged crime as reason to throw on more penalties. These are referred to as “aggravating factors.” A prime example of an aggravating factor for robbery is if the victim was part of a protected group, as we mentioned in the section above. This aggravating factor is enough to double the prison sentence.
Crimes related to robbery that you could be facing alongside your original charge include:
- Possession of burglary tools
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Firearm violations
Any of these crimes, even the minor ones, could add years to your prison sentence if you are convicted. Never assume that you only have to worry about one charge after an arrest. Prosecutors will do everything they can to lengthen your sentence. That is why you need a strong defense team on your side.
Preparation is everything in robbery trials. Keep in mind that the prosecution has the burden of proof. All you have to do is to create reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case in the mind of a jury. That does not mean creating a defense will be easy, however. It will require an experienced attorney who can successfully implement arguments such as:
- The property in question was actually yours.
- You were unaware that the property was owned by someone else.
- You did not intend to take any property.
- You did not use force, coercion, or threats.
- You did not have a deadly weapon.
- You did have a deadly weapon but did not intend to use it.
- Any controlled substances found on you were not stolen.
- The evidence against you was illegally seized.
- The arresting officers committed misconduct.
The best defense for your case will not be sitting on a webpage, however. It will be built, brick by brick, after an in-depth investigation into the circumstances of the alleged crime, as well as the evidence being used by the prosecution. If you want a chance that your charges will be reduced or dropped, then you need to contact a skilled Grand Junction defense attorney. And there are few defense attorneys as experienced or aggressive as the team at Peters & Nolan, LLC.
One mistake could lead to decades behind bars. Don’t risk it. Contact us online or by calling (970) 243-4357 today. Your freedom is on the line.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.