Authorities in Gwinnett County are searching for six different individuals with outstanding warrants for the following offenses:
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offenses of both robbery and armed robbery in today's post. The two offenses are used interchangeably - however, there are significant legal differences between the two crimes.
Robbery in Georgia
Robbery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-8-40 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.
There are technically three ways that a robbery can be carried out. Through 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.
Robbery is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalties for a robbery conviction are strict. Georgia Felony Penalties are life-altering. The penalties can include a prison sentence for a period of one to twenty years. However the consequences for robbing a person aged 65 or older increases the prison term to no less than five years and no more than twenty.
Armed Robbery in Georgia
Armed robbery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-8-41 as:
A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device have the appearance of such weapon.
Armed robbery is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalties for an armed robbery conviction are severe. A conviction of Armed Robbery carries a potential sentence of ten to twenty years in prison with the very minimum being ten years in prison with no early release. Prison terms for life are another common penalty for Armed Robbery. The most severe penalty in Georgia for Armed Robbery is the death penalty.
An experienced Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can represent even the worst of cases. When someone has been arrested for armed robbery, as stated above, they are facing the possibility of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that can defend against an improper arrest for armed robbery.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Georgia, contact our offices today.