New Orleans Robbery Lawyer
Theft and robbery are two crimes that are related to each other, but not exactly the same. Theft does not require contact between the victim and offender. Robbery is different in that it involves contact using some type of force, with or without a weapon. In essence, theft is a crime against property, where robbery is a crime against a person. There are several types of robbery in Louisiana. All are serious crimes charged as felonies. Depending on the type of robbery, you could face hefty fines and many years in prison. Don’t handle such a charge on your own. There’s a lot at stake. Count on the New Orleans robbery lawyer at Palazzo Law Firm to get you a favorable outcome.
Robbery vs. Burglary
A crime becomes burglary when the following applies:
- Forcible entry occurs. This refers to any action that takes place to gain entry into a building, other than walking through an open door or climbing through an open window.
- Unlawful entry occurs. This is when a person enters a private building without permission or enters a public building when it is closed.
- People or property could be inside the structure. This applies to virtually any structure.
- Actual entry or constructive entry occurs. A burglary occurs as soon as part of the burglar or tool being used is inside the structure.
- Intent to commit a crime is proven. A burglar must enter the building with the intent to commit a crime.
- Any felony or theft occurs. A felony crime must have taken place; it does not have to be theft.
A crime becomes robbery when all of the following applies:
- Taking or attempting to take property. The person must have taken or attempted to take property.
- Property must be taken from a person. It is not considered a robbery unless something is actually taken from someone. It can be any item, no matter the value.
- The victim is hurt or scared. No injury is required for it to be considered a robbery. If a person was threatened and became scared for their life, that is sufficient.Types of Robbery
Simple robbery is the taking of someone else’s property directly from the person through the use of force or intimidation, but no weapon. The penalties are up to seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine.
First-degree robbery is the taking of someone else’s property directly from the person through the use of force or intimidation as well as a dangerous weapon. The penalty is 3-40 years in prison.
Second-degree robbery is the taking of someone else’s property directly from the person while intentionally inflicting serious bodily injury. The penalty is 3-40 years in prison.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Robbery is a crime against a person and is therefore taken more seriously than other types of theft. If you have been accused of such a crime, there’s a lot at stake. Get the help you need from the team at Palazzo Law Firm. We understand your situation and will help you get the best outcome possible. To schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans burglary lawyer, call 504-433-1442 or fill out the online form.