Maryland Robbery Laws & Penalties
Charged with Robbery in Maryland? Get the Legal Help you Need!
The crime of robbery is a serious one. This isn’t theft in the normal sense of the word—it is a violent crime. Because there is a violent aspect to the crime of robbery, you can expect to be treated as a potentially violent person by law enforcement and the prosecutor assigned to your case.
It’s normal, in cases like this, to be scared. You are facing prison time and the lifelong designation as a convicted felon, both good reasons to be afraid. Fortunately, we may be able to help. Our attorneys have experience representing clients in Maryland against a variety of charges—including robbery.
When you are charged with robbery, you need someone on your side, someone who is willing to aggressively defend your good name and work towards the most positive results possible on your case.
Maryland Robbery Laws Penalties
Maryland courts have adopted the common law definition of robbery. Common law says robbery is, “the felonious taking and carrying away of the personal property of another from his person by the use of violence or by putting in fear.”
In other words, if you take someone else’s property from them directly by using force or the threat of force, you could be charged and convicted of robbery.
In general, robbery is classified as a felony and carries up to 15 years in prison.
However, if the robbery involves the use of a dangerous weapon or even if you only claim to have a weapon in your possession, your conviction could result in up to 20 years. Yes, an empty threat of a gun is enough to elevate the sentence.
Whether you rob someone on a street corner or in the convenience store where they work, you are up against some tough penalties, penalties that a defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid.
The crime of carjacking is related to robbery where the property in question is a motor vehicle. If you are accused of taking someone vehicle by force or by the threat of violence you could be convicted of carjacking and face up to 30 years in prison.
No criminal defense lawyer can guarantee results, but we can guarantee to fight tirelessly on your behalf.
You have rights and it’s your attorney’s job to help protect those rights throughout the criminal process. If you are charged with a robbery offense or even carjacking, contact our offices today to discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help.
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