There are two main robbery charges in North Carolina: Common law robbery and robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. The difference between the two charges is simple; the more serious offense involves the use of a dangerous weapon. A robbery with a dangerous weapon or gun is a Class D felony. Class D felonies have a big distinction over lower level felonies, because this is the first level felony on the sentencing chart that requires an active sentence. A common law robbery charge for instance, is a lower felony, a G Felony and does not necessarily require active jail or prison time. Robbery is classified as both a theft crime and a violent crime and is punished severely because of that. When one is faced with robbery charges, it is imperative that they work with a Charlotte criminal defense attorney or Concord criminal defense lawyer from one of our offices.
The distinction between robbery charges is important. Not only are you looking at more time when a weapon is involved, but you become eligible for the habitual violent felon statute on a second conviction. The habitual violent felon statute requires a life sentence and is another reason why you need to fight these charges aggressively. There are many ramifications and consequences to these serious charges and prison time is always a reality. We have experience successfully handling these types of cases. It is important you have an attorney that will look at all the details of your case and how your name is even connected to the crime to begin with. Our attorney can help you understand the criminal justice process, what to expect, and how we will defend you against the charges.
The Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC focuses on pursuing a positive outcome of the cases we represent and fighting to avoid a felony conviction. Our firm is very experienced defending clients in criminal defense cases, including robbery and other theft and violent crimes. We will do everything possible to defend against robbery charges , and will vigorously protect your rights throughout the process.
If you have been charged with robbery, it is vital that you contact a Charlotte criminal defense lawyer or Concord criminal defense attorney immediately!