A robbery allegedly took place last week where a pizza delivery driver was called to deliver a pizza to an empty apartment in North Fulton County. According to reports, three men took the pizza and demanded cash from the delivery driver after she arrived to the seemingly vacant apartment.
Roswell Police Officer, Lisa Holland stated, “This was a vacant apartment – kind of like a staging area for this robbery to occur.”
Authorities are still searching for the three suspects who are believed to be connected to another pizza delivery crime that occurred a week prior.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will examine the offense of robbery and the possible defenses that are available if wrongly accused of this crime.
Robbery in Georgia
Robbery in Georgia is defined by law as:
A person commits robbery when they take property from another person or the immediate presence of another person with the intent to commit theft. O.C.G.A. §16-8-40.
Let's break down the statute a little more. A person can commit robbery in three different ways:
- By use of force;
- Through intimidation, threat, or placing the other person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or another; or
- By sudden snatching
If convicted of robbery, a person is guilty of a felony in Georgia. This conviction includes a penalty of one to twenty years in prison.
For a second conviction of robbery, the sentencing can increase to a life sentence in prison.
In order to be convicted of robbery in Georgia, the prosecution must prove that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I always make it a point to note that all who are accused of a crime are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
With that being said, no one should be assumed guilty just because of an accusation. Unfortunately, wrongful accusations occur more often than anyone would like to admit. There are Georgia Criminal Defensesthat commonly apply to robbery accusations. These defenses include but are not limited to:
- The taking by force/intimidation was justified.
- Lacking criminal intent.
- The person wasn't aware of being robbed.
- Duress or intoxication.
As I stated above, robbery is a felony offense. This means that it carries strict penalties that are both life-altering and serious. Hiring a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney will not only provide you with a better knowledge of what you are facing but will provide all known options that are available to you.
Our attorneys are well-experienced and highly knowledgeable in regard to criminal defense in Georgia. Your future is at stake so do not wait to equip yourself with the best possible defense and representation.