Arizona Laws on Committing Robbery
When most people in Phoenix or other areas of Arizona think about robbery, they imagine masked gunmen going into a bank and demanding that the vaults be opened. It’s the classic definition of robbery, and a scene that we’ve all seen countless times in movies and TV shows. But did you know that the only thing that legally makes robbery any different from any other kind of theft is the use of force or a threat? That’s it. Under Arizona’s legal definition, you could technically be charged with robbery for something as small as saying you’ll punch someone unless they let you have their beer and then taking it. Unfortunately, even this kind of robbery charge, which would fall under the definition of the least serious robbery, is classified as a Class 4 felony by the state of Arizona.
Because robbery is such a serious crime that carries incredibly harsh penalties, no one should have to fend for themselves if they find themselves facing charges like these. In fact, if this happens to you or a loved one, your best chance at receiving a positive outcome is to contact an experienced Phoenix robbery lawyer as early on in the process as possible so that they can fight for your rights.
Different Kinds of Robbery Charges in Arizona
The state of Arizona recognizes three different kinds of robbery. They are listed in increasing severity below:
Robbery. Generic robbery as we described it above can be charged for any act of taking something that belongs to someone else when the perpetrator uses any kind of force or even just utters a threat to prevent the person from trying to stop them. This kind of robbery is a Class 4 felony and carries with it a prison sentence of up to 3 ¾ years, along with other associated penalties which may include:
- lengthy supervised probation
- jail for up to one year
- · whatever else deemed necessary by the judge based on the details of the case
Aggravated robbery. The interesting thing about aggravated robbery is that you as the individual perpetrating the act don’t actually have to do anything differently to be charged with this crime, even though it is categorized as a more serious Class 3 felony. A robbery becomes “aggravated