Atlanta, Ga. - Atlanta Police have arrested two juveniles who have been accused of robbing a man at gunpoint this past week in Buckhead.
The two teenagers attempted to run from officers, but the officers caught up to them near a trail behind Miami Circle. The two teenagers are reportedly 13 and 14 years old respectively.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will outline both robbery and armed robbery in today's post.
Robbery and Armed Robbery in Georgia
Robbery in Georgia is defined 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 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 is defined 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.
One thing to note about the case above is that both the defendants are juveniles. Georgia Juvenile Laws are complicated. Furthermore, Georgia Criminal Laws are complicated. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call our offices now.