Robbery, or the act of using threat or force in taking or attempting to take the property of another person or party, is a serious violent crime in the state of Alabama. While robbery in any form can be a serious matter, robberies that involve the use or threat of a deadly weapon are some of the most severe crimes a person can be accused of committing, carrying life-altering consequences upon conviction. If you have been charged with armed robbery or another type of violent theft, it is imperative you retain powerful legal representation as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey G. Hester, our Birmingham criminal defense lawyer has more than 20 years of experience defending the accused and can provide the hard-hitting representation you need during this difficult time. With a track record of hundreds of cases defended and invaluable insight as a former prosecutor, we know how to counter the prosecution’s claims and can minimize your chances of conviction.
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Armed robbery, also known as robbery in the first degree, is the most serious robbery allegation and carries the most serious punishment. While most first degree robbery charges stem from instances of robbery where the alleged perpetrator is armed with a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife, this is not always necessary. Under Alabama law, a person may be charged with first degree robbery if they cause serious physical injury to the victim, even if no weapon was present.
A conviction of armed robbery can carry the following consequences:
Minimum penalties can be enhanced if a defendant has previous felony convictions. Likewise, if a firearm was used, an accused person may face an additional felon in possession of a firearm charge, adding an additional two years to their sentence. Since these penalties can begin to snowball fairly quickly, it is imperative you consult with our firm’s criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to review your defense options.
Despite the fact that our nation’s criminal justice system was built on the principal that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, merely the implication that you may have committed armed robbery may place prejudices in the minds of the judge and jury. When the stakes are high, you need an advocate on your side who can unbiasedly defend you rights and give you the edge against the opposition’s accusations. At the Law Office of Jeffrey G. Hester, our Birmingham violent crime lawyer understands the gravity of your situation and can maximize your chances of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges. With personalized attention and an unshakable dedication to preserving your rights, your case is sure to be in good hands.
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