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Investigations Concerning a Georgia Armed Robbery on July 12th Result in Multiple Arrests This Week

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two men were arrested this week by authorities in Clayton County on allegations of their involvement of an armed robbery that occurred in Jonesboro on July 12th.

According to reports, the two men, Dominique Johnson and Christopher Toles, robbed an apartment unit in Jonesboro by holding the victim at gunpoint and threatening to kill the victim if he did not comply with their demands. 

Both Toles and Johnson are facing the following charges:

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will outline the offense of armed robbery in Georgia in today's post. 

Armed Robbery in Georgia

Georgia Law defines armed robbery in the state of Georgia as:

When a person 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. O.C.G.A. §16-8-41.

Armed robbery is classified as a serious violent felony in Georgia. If convicted of armed robbery, the penalty includes an automatic minimum of ten years in prison. The prison sentence can range from up to life in prison or even the death penalty.

Practice Note

Armed robbery is different from other offenses. There is a minimum of ten years in prison if convicted. The ten year prison sentence cannot be probated or served through probation. There are specific Georgia Criminal Defenses that apply to an armed robbery case.

A defense tactic used by criminal defense lawyers in armed robbery cases includes using the Lesser Included Offenses in Georgia defense. This method involves negotiating with the prosecution to reduce the armed robbery to charge to robbery in Georgia, which removes the ten year prison sentence minimum. 

Contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer today.

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Richard Lawson

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