Atlanta, Ga. - Atlanta authorities reported a violent robbery that occurred on Monday. The incident resulted in the beating and robbery of a man in a wheelchair at an apartment complex in Southwest Atlanta.
The victim reported that he was outside of his apartment when he was approached by two suspects. They forced him inside, physically beat him, and took his wallet. Officers that were responding to the robbery spotted the related car nearby. The driver and the passenger hopped out of the car and ran. The driver was detained and arrested but the passenger was able to flee police.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will focus on the law behind the offense of robbery in today's post.
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 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.
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