Sunday, April 18, 2010

Robbery??? Whats that??

It is imperative for one to consult with a Seattle criminal defense lawyer any time you are being investigated for a serious felony matter. One such serious felony is robbery. A person is guilty of Robbery in the First Degree in Washington State if during the act or immediate flight from robbery the defendant is armed with a deadly weapon, displays what appears to be a deadly weapon, inflicts bodily injury on another, or commits the crime within and against a financial institution. Robbery in the First Degree Robbery is a Class A felony. A person is guilty of Robbery in the Second Degree in Washington State if no weapon is used or nobody is injured, and the act is not committed against a financial institution. Robbery in the Second Degree is a Class B felony. Robbery Related charges can include, crimes such as grand theft, petty theft, armed robbery or aggravated robbery.

Some basic examples of robbery are: (1) the taking of property, including money, from a victim at gunpoint or (2) knocking the victim unconscious and then taking his or her property. The property taken must be on the person (a wallet in a pocket, a purse on a shoulder, for example), or so near to the person that, if not for the violence or threat of violence, the person could have prevented its taking. A Seattle criminal attorney is able to analyze such a serious matter, investigate to the fullest extent and protect the defendants rights and make sure that law enforcement followed proper procedure in conducting their investigation.

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