The crime of robbery involves the taking of someone’s property through the use of force or fear.
Penal Code section 211 defines robbery as:
“Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.”
If the robbery took place in an inhabited dwelling (a house with someone inside) then it is a first degree robbery which carries a potential state prison sentence of three, four, or six years. If two or more people were acting together during a robbery that occurs in an inhabited dwelling, also know as a home invasion robbery, it is punishable by three, six, or nine years in state prison. All other robberies are second degree and carry the potential sentence of two, three, or five years in state prison.
Robbery is a violent crime for the purpose of sentencing meaning that if someone is sent to state prison they must serve eighty-five percent of the sentence, as opposed to fifty percent if they are convicted of a non-violent offense.
The crime of robbery is also a serious felony, otherwise known as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law. IF someone is convicted of a strike, they face very harsh prison sentences should they reoffend. Please see the Three Strikes Section of The Jacot Law Firm for a discussion about the California Strike Law.
Attorney Lance Jacot has been successfully defending individuals accused of violent crimes including robbery for nearly two decades. He has the expertise, experience, and dedication required to help individuals who have been accused of serious crimes like robbery. If you or a loved one has been accused of the crime of robbery, please contact The Jacot Law Firm for a free consultation.