Gillette Aggravated Robbery Defense Attorneys
If during the course of a robbery, any attempt is made to harm the victim or if a deadly weapon is involved, then charges of aggravated robbery may apply. This is an extremely serious criminal offense that’s classified as a felony in Wyoming.
When investigating theft crimes, police officers will frequently try to establish that force was used so the suspect can be charged with aggravated robbery. If you are being investigated for theft or robbery, don’t say anything to the police without your lawyer present.
As soon as we take your case, the experienced Gillette criminal defense attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. will spring into action. We’ll investigate the incident, inform you of your rights, and explore every avenue to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
You can reach us by phone any time, day or night. And we’ll never make a decision about your case without contacting you and getting your permission. Call (307) 257-7800 for a FREE case strategy session today.
Many people believe that theft and robbery are the same thing. But there are critical distinctions between these terms in the eyes of the law.
Theft is a broad category that includes the act of taking another person’s property, possessions, or services without receiving consent or permission. Robbery is a type of theft that involves the use of force or the threat of force.
In Wyoming, robbery becomes aggravated robbery when the suspect performs any of the following actions during the course of the incident or while in flight afterward:
- Inflicts serious bodily injury
- Attempts to inflict serious bodily injury
- Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon
- Exhibits a simulated deadly weapon
Aggravated robbery is a violent crime that’s taken very seriously by prosecutors and lawmakers in Wyoming. It carries a minimum 5-year prison sentence and a maximum of 25 years behind bars.
Aggravated robbery is the type of offense that gets headlines. And these cases are aggressively pursued by prosecutors and law enforcement officials. Factors taken into account by prosecutors when filing charges and judges who sentence violators include:
- Whether the suspect is a habitual offender
- If the suspect inflicts serious bodily injury
- If the suspect is working with one or more accomplices
- If the suspect behaves in an especially cruel or depraved manner
- If the suspect chooses a particularly vulnerable victim, such as someone who is elderly or disabled
To convict a person of aggravated robbery, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that violence was threatened or committed during the course of a crime. That means the victim must be present when the theft occurs and aware that property is being stolen.
Prosecutors must clearly establish that physical force was used or a deadly weapon was brandished during the course of the robbery.
Your criminal defense attorney will gather evidence to use in your defense by interviewing witnesses, examining crime scene photos and surveillance camera footage, and inspecting physical and forensic evidence.
Your attorney will also review the police report, searching for inconsistencies and allegations that don’t match the evidence. Then they will build a strong defense strategy that pokes holes in the prosecutor’s case.
Effective arguments in an aggravated robbery defense include:
- You did not have a weapon
- Mistaken identity
- There was no threat of force
- False allegations
- There was no intent to commit theft
- Witnesses against you are not reliable
- Illegal search and seizure
- Your rights were violated by police
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we understand that you’re going through a difficult time. That’s why we’re available for our clients by phone at any time, 24/7. We’ll always keep you in the loop, and we know how to listen.
Our team will come up with the best strategy to protect your freedom. Call (307) 257-7800 to learn more today.
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