Facing criminal charges of any kind are a serious threat to your personal freedom and your future interests. Regardless of whether the charges against you are serious felony charges or a minor misdemeanor offense, it is critically important to shield your interests to the best of your ability, fight these charges and work to keep your record clear.
Robbery charges are particularly serious criminal charges in North Carolina. A conviction could lead to time behind bars and other penalties that can permanently alter the course of your life. Every robbery case is different, but you will find it beneficial to understand the applicable laws that pertain to your case, the specific charges against you and how you can build a strong defense.
What is the legal meaning of robbery?
In most cases, robbery involves an incident in which there is a theft of property, money or assets while using force or fear to control the victim. Robbery differs from burglary and other types of theft charges in that these charges almost always involve a person who suffered physical harm or was threatened with harm during the incident.
When robbery involves a weapon, such as a gun or knife, these charges can then become aggravated robbery charges. Familiar examples of robbery charges include the use of a gun in the commission of a robbery of a bank or a convenience store. Some of the most basic elements of a robbery charge can include some of the following:
- Taking something of value or intending to take something
- Stealing the personal property of another person
- Taking something while the other person is there, using force or fear to control them
- The use of violence, the threat of violence or physical harm during the robbery
Robbery charges are serious, but a conviction is never your only option. You have the right to fight back and preserve your interests, starting by getting qualified assistance as soon as possible after an arrest. Building a strong defense can start immediately after an arrest or as soon as you learn you are under investigation.
Defending your interests starts now
You have the right to a defense, regardless of the nature of the criminal case against you. You are also entitled to present evidence for your defense. You would be wise not to underestimate the serious nature of the case against you, but instead, take whatever steps are necessary to protect your future interests.