Robbery Lawyer Orange County
Defense for Robbery Charges in California
If you’re facing charges for robbery in Orange County, you could be punished with more than a slap on the wrist. Depending upon the specific situation, you could be ordered to spend years behind bars and pay thousands of dollars in fines and fees. Local prosecutors do not care about your circumstances and will rarely take your financial hardships into consideration when pursuing penalties against you. If you are not properly prepared or represented, you are decreasing your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.
At the Law Offices of Randy Collins, you can count on our skilled attorneys to not only give your case the time and respect that it deserves but also give you one-on-one assistance to help you get back on your feet. Our Orange County robbery lawyers believe that good people can make bad decisions and that those decisions do not define who they are. We want to hear and tell your story so that when your case is complete, you know that every available opportunity to preserve your freedom has been evaluated and used to your advantage.
Call Orange County robbery attorneys at (844) 285-9559 today to find out how we can help you.
California Robbery Offenses
People often say “I was robbed” whenever something is stolen from them. Robbery is a more serious crime than theft. It is classified as a violent crime even when it does not lead to physical harm. Prosecutors usually seek serious punishment for felony robbery.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, more than 53,000 robberies were reported in California during 2013 (the most recent year in which complete statistics are available). More than 15,000 resulted in arrests.
About 45% of reported robberies took place on a street or sidewalk. Another 21% occurred in a business or other commercial building, while 9% were committed in residences. Bank robberies accounted for only 1.5% of all robberies. The rest took place in different settings, including parks, schools, trains, and government buildings.
In 2013, almost half of all California robberies were committed with a weapon, and are therefore classified as armed robberies. Prosecutors like to refer to the remaining robberies as “strong-armed” robberies, which is really another way of saying “unarmed” robberies.
Almost two-thirds of armed robberies were committed with a gun. The rest involved other dangerous weapons. Knives were employed in about half of the armed robberies that did not involve a gun. Using any object as a weapon, such as a hammer or a baseball bat, can result in an armed robbery charge when the object is used to coerce the victim into surrendering property.
California defines robbery as the taking of personal property from another person, against their will, and doing so by means of force or intimidation.