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Two Georgia Women Attacked by Man Posing as Uber Driver

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of Sandy Springs, two women were attacked and robbed when they got into what they thought was their Uber.

“He threw my friend on the ground,” the victim told 911 dispatch. “She was super drunk and (he) stole everything out of my hands and then pushed me down on the ground too.”

In today's post, I will show the law behind robbery in the state of Georgia.

Robbery in Georgia

Robbery in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law 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.

According to the law, there are three ways as to how Robbery can occur:

  • 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.

First, robbery by force. If there is any injury done to the person or if there is a struggle to take the property, then force has been used. Second, robbery can be done through intimidation, threats, or placing the person in fear of immediate serious injury to himself or another. Robbery by intimidation is a lesser included offense in the crime of armed robbery. Third, sudden snatching is another way robbery can be done. Robbery by sudden snatching occurs where any other force is used than is necessary for the thief to obtain possession of the property from the owner who is off guard and where there is no resistance by owner or injury to the owner.

Robbery is a felony offense, which means it carries stricter penalties than some other crimes. If you have been charged with Robbery, some of the penalties may include a prison term, a fine of at least $1,000 or probation. Robbery carries some serious consequences and it is important to have an Attorney that that is knowledgeable about the penalties to help better represent you.

In Georgia, a Robbery conviction comes with a prison sentence for a period of one to twenty years.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney now.

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