Colorado Springs Robbery Attorney
The state of Colorado considers robbery a heinous crime. Those convicted of robbery will face legal consequences, including prison time and many personal consequences like difficulty finding a job, decent housing and other problems related to your conviction. This is why you need an aggressive and an experienced Colorado Springs robbery attorney – Jeremy Loew.
Colorado Springs prosecutors typically petition the courts for felony sanctions and prison sentences for those convicted of this type of crime. Robberies can cause stress, trauma and injury to victims of the crime.
Typically, the Violent Crimes department of the District Attorney’s office is in charge of handling robbery cases in almost every county in Colorado. The prosecutors often have a number of years prosecuting these types of cases, and this experience has made them very good at getting convictions.
Robbery, unlike theft, is considered a violent crime and results in felony charges. Much like burglary charges, the penalties that you can incur depend on the circumstances surrounding the crime. If you are convicted, you can face steep fines and a long prison sentence.
Consequences Beyond Prison
Additionally, you will have a criminal record, typically a felony, which can affect your ability to get a job, qualify for housing or get any type of financial assistance, including personal, automobile and home loans. If you have been implicated in a robbery case, it is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer.
What Are the Two Classes of Robbery
Colorado has two different robbery charges: simple and aggravated. Each of these has different jail times and fines. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two different classes.
The Differences Between the Two Classes of Robbery in Colorado
Simple robbery occurs when no weapon is used during the commission of the robbery. Weapons can be many things; however, the most common weapons used in a robbery case are guns, bats or knives.
Simple robbery is when a person intentionally takes an item from someone else using either severe intimidation or physical violence.
This is a Class 4 felony and can come with a prison term of two to four years.
Aggravated robbery is similar to the simple version; however, a deadly weapon is used or the individual brandishes a deadly weapon to intimidate the victim. Because there is a real threat of life-threatening violence, aggravated robbery is a Class 3 felony and can come with a prison term of four to twelve years. If a controlled substance is used during the crime, it will result in a Class 2 felony and the prison time and fines are much more severe.
Sentencing (simple and aggravated) can vary greatly depending on the circumstances for those charged in Colorado.
Neither type of robbery is considered a minor charge.
Aggravated (armed) robbery in the state of Colorado comes with a minimum prison time if the individual is found guilty – 4 years in prison and a $3,000 fine up to a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
Under exceptional circumstances, 2 to 32 years in prison with 5 years mandatory parole are the sentencing possibilities.
Simple robbery, on the other hand, is left to the discretion of the El Paso or Teller county judge. Sentencing may include prison time in the Department of Corrections (DOC) or the offender may be offered probation or time spent in a halfway house, also known as Community Corrections.
Rob a Bank? Federal Charges May Apply
If the crime is a bank robbery, the offender may face federal charges. Because this crime is considered a serious crime, it can carry a long prison term in a federal prison.
Here’s How We Can Help
The Law Office of Jeremy Loew will work with you to craft the best defense strategy to fight any type of robbery charge that is leveled against you. Mr. Loew will leave no stone unturned in the prosecution of your defense.
When it comes to defending our clients, we go the distance.