Fullerton Robbery Defense Lawyer
As a college town, Fullerton has its fair share of thefts. On some occasions, law enforcement officers charge those accused with robberies. The difference between theft and robbery is when the property taken from a person's possession has been accomplished by force or fear. This is a felony offense that can carry severe penalties, including many years in the state prison. If you’ve been charged with robbery, you’ll need the services of Orange County criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson.
An experienced and reputable Fullerton robbery defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson will tell you that in order to convict you of robbery, the prosecutor must first prove the following elements of the crime: (1) That you took property that didn't belong to you; (2) From another person's possession, or in their immediate presence; (3) Against their will; (4) By using force or threats; and (5) You intended to permanently deprive them of it, or for a significant period of time.
Robberies are one of the most common crimes in the United States.One of the most common instances of a robbery is when a bank robbery occurs. This is defined as the stealing of assets from a bank, involving violence or threats of violence in order to subdue the people inside of the bank, such as the customers or employees, so that the stealing can occur. This is considered a robbery, regardless of whether or not anyone was injured during the course of the crime and whether or not a weapon was involved. The distinction between robbery and theft is that robbery involves violence. It doesn’t have to be excessively severe, with anything that involves using physical force against the victim being considered a violent act. This could mean snatching something or threatening to impose serious harm on the victim. Another distinction between the two is that robbery involves the victim being present while their property is being taken from them against their will. In most cases, robbery will be regarded as more severe because of how it involves force. Whether or not it was an armed robbery will also affect the consequences and penalties for the crime.
Regardless of the amount of money, or the value of the property, so long as each element is met, you can be charged with robbery. However, a well-seasoned Orange County robbery defense lawyer like Lauren K. Johnson knows these elements may be hard to prove. For example, if someone takes a pack of cigarettes without paying for them, and then a fight ensues with another customer, there can be no robbery, because no force or threat was used against the victim of the theft. Many times, the smallest details will make the difference between a charge of robbery versus petty theft.
Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group today at (949) 622-5522 to defend your rights against the charge of robbery. She has successfully earned a reputation in the Fullerton community as an outstanding advocate for clients with the knowledge that gets results.