Oakland Robbery Lawyer

Robbery is any theft crime that includes the use of violence or threat of violence.  For this reason it is automatically considered a felony in the state of California.  If you or someone you know is facing a robbery charge contact the law office of the Oakland criminal lawyer to discuss what our legal team can do for your case.

Under California law, robbery is distinct from stealing or burglary in that it involves a direct assault on another person.  Remember that an assault does not necessarily have to include physical touch; an assault could be verbal as well.  If a person enters a bank and threatens the patrons of the bank and the bank tellers, they will be charged with robbery rather than just theft.

There are two types of robbery recognized by California state law: first degree robbery and second degree robbery.

First degree robbery is any robbery within the context of a “dwelling, vessel, or trailer.” (California Penal Code Section 212.5 (a)) An example of such would be carjacking or home invasion.  Second degree robbery is any other type of robbery, such as purse-snatching.

The consequences for a robbery conviction depend on the degree of robbery and the offender’s criminal history.  First degree robbery usually receives anywhere from 3 to 9 years in state prison while second degree robbery may receive anywhere from 2 to 5 years in prison.  Injuries sustained in a robbery crime can and most likely will be used against an offender to increase their punishment.  An additional weapons charge will also enhance the amount of punishment an offender receives. And since robbery is a felony, it is eligible as a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law to put repeat offenders away for the rest of their lives. 

As you can see, a robbery conviction can be completely life-changing.  At the law office of the Oakland criminal lawyer, we understand what is at stake in your case.  Contact us today for an immediate consultation.