Santa Barbara Robbery Lawyers
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If you have been arrested for robbery in California, our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer is ready to help you fight these charges for you. We can conduct an extensive investigation into your case in order to develop the aggressive and personalized defense strategy you need to achieve the outcome you desire.
What is Robbery?
In the state of California, robbery is a crime defined under the California Penal Code Section 211. California law defines robbery as the taking of property from another individual through the use of force or fear. What sets this crime apart from burglary is that robbery involves the intentional use of a weapon or other means of intimidation towards a victim during the theft.
What are the Penalties For Robbery in California?
In California, there are two types of robbery: first degree and second degree. In order to be convicted of robbery of the first degree, the robbery needs to either take place in an inhabited dwelling or structure, involve a bus, taxi, or other type of public transportation driver, or occur when an individual is using an ATM. First degree robbery is punishable by a prison sentence between three and nine years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Second degree robbery is considered any robbery which doesn’t meet the definition of first degree robbery. Second degree robbery is punishable by a prison sentence between two and five years and a fine of up to ten thousand dollars.
Sentence enhancements include the following:
- Cause another person to suffer a “great bodily injury”
- Use of a gun during the commission of the robbery
- Had a previous robbery conviction
Have Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers On Your Side
At Appel & Morse, we understand what you are up against. As former deputy district attorneys, our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers possess an in-depth knowledge of both sides of the courtroom, providing you the advantage of knowing the prosecution will approach your case. With the stakes this high, we know what it takes to get your charges reduced or have your case dismissed.
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.