Armed Robbery, Bank Robbery or Carjacking
Armed Robbery, bank robbery or carjacking are serious offenses in Missouri—leading to felony charges and prison time. Of course, while they all carry a similar punishment if convicted, there are differences between each crime.
Armed Robbery is taking property from another person while armed with a deadly weapon—which can include a firearm (either loaded or unloaded) or any other weapon from which a shot can cause death or serious injury; a knife or dagger; a billy club; or metal knuckles. If you commit robbery while armed with one of the aforementioned weapons, it will lead to a first-degree robbery charge.
And here’s something else you should know. The first-degree armed robbery charge includes simply threatening to use a weapon, even if you don’t—and even if you don’t actually have a weapon with you. It also includes threatening to use something that looks like a deadly weapon, but actually would not cause harm, like a toy gun, plastic knife or fake bomb.
The penalties for armed robbery are substantial. It’s a Class A felony, punishable by a prison sentence of 10 to 30 years. There may also be fines as part of your sentencing.
Like armed robbery, robbing a bank or convenience store is also a first-degree felony. The punishment for this crime can also result in a 10- to 30-year prison sentence, depending on the severity of any injuries caused during the robbery, as well as the type and value of the property stolen.
Carjacking is a relatively new criminal offense in Missouri. Previously, a carjacking charge would have fallen under robbery or stealing. The new criminal offense means the punishment can more accurately fit the violence of the crime. Now, carjacking is considered a Class A Felony and classified as a “dangerous felony”, and like armed robbery and bank robbery, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
If you’ve been charged with armed robbery, bank robbery or carjacking, it’s important to know your rights. The best defense strategies can be filing a motion to suppress evidence; presenting evidence that you did not use, or threaten to use, a deadly weapon; challenging eyewitnesses; and more.
Talk to Taylor Defense Law to find out what the best defense might be for you.
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