At the law firm of Sean F. Leslie, the criminal defense attorneys have handled numerous robbery cases from the simple person on person, “give me your wallet”, to the more complex planned out convenience store and or bank hold ups.
Recently, after a three week trial, I obtained two not guilty verdicts on a robbery and attempted robbery case! Simply, robbery is the taking of personal property from another person by “force or fear” (Penal Code section 211). Carjacking and bank hold ups are two examples. The “force or fear” element can be met if the assailant either threatens bodily harm or has a weapon. However, prosecutors often over charge theft and or burglary charges as robbery cases!
Robbery convictions are “strikes” under the determinate sentencing law pursuant to Penal Code sections 667.5(c) and 1192.7(c)and accordingly have severe penalties and consequences attached to them including a mandatory prison commitment unless the judge is persuaded to not impose prison “in the interest of justice.”
Likewise, robbery charges usually have special sentencing enhancements attached to them, i.e. personal use of a knife or gun, to add additional time in prison. As the sentencing consequences are so draconian and long lasting, robbery cases must be thoroughly looked into including obtaining all witness statements and obtaining any videos of the incident. This is where my firm’s 19 years of experience comes in!
Also, if you are contacted by police for an interview or statement please invoke your right to remain silent and do not provide a statement to them without a criminal lawyer from my law firm being present. Remember, your right to remain silent cannot be used against you! The best way to protect your rights is to speak with and retain an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.Call My Law Firm to Speak with a Criminal Defense Attorney Not a Paralegal or Case Manager
Please feel free to contact my firm and talk with an experienced criminal lawyer with any robbery related questions that you may have. I take personal responsibility in my firm’s “commitment to excellence” in obtaining a favorable result on your robbery case whether it’s in San Diego, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside or elsewhere . I look forward to hearing from and meeting you soon.