Robbery with Violence
The term robbery implies that some form of violence is involved. Thus, the law categorizes robbery as being a property crime, as well as a violent crime. Robbery as defined by Colorado law includes the awareness that one is using intimidation, force, or threats, with the explicit purpose of stealing from another person. A robbery that includes the use of actual or intended violence is considered armed robbery. Under Colorado law, this is considered aggravated robbery and can be defined as committing robbery using a deadly weapon with the intention of harming the victim if they resist whether it be through wounding, maiming, or killing.
Understanding Aggravated Robbery
In order to be accused of aggravated robbery, one must merely be armed with any deadly weapon that is perceived as so. The simple appearance of a deadly weapon paired with the perpetrators claims that it so constitutes a charge of armed robbery. Armed robbery also includes robbery via threats, force, or intimidation with a deadly weapon. Furthermore, even wounding or hitting a victim with a deadly weapon will make you guilty of armed robbery. It is important to understand that even if you are merely an accomplice to the crime, you could still be charged with armed robbery if you were involved in perpetrating any of the listed actions against the victim.
Consequences for Aggravated Robbery in Colorado
Since, aggravated robbery falls under the category of violent crime in Colorado, if convicted you will be subject to penalties associated with violent crimes. You will face a class 3 felony if convicted and other harsh penalties as this crime are considered a Colorado extraordinary risk crime. In view of this, you will be required to serve at least 4 years in prison and up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Additionally, you will be required to pay a minimum of a $3,000 fine and up to a $750,000 fine. Under specific circumstances, the courts may order you to serve up to 32 years in prison, as well as 5 years of mandatory parole.
Your sentencing will vary greatly depending on the discretion of the court system. You may serve anywhere between the minimum and maximum presumptive sentence in Colorado. The courts may also add other requirements to your sentences, such as mandatory community service, rehab, probation, psych evaluations, and anger management.
Even after you have served your mandated sentence, a conviction of armed robbery can devastate your entire life. Since you will now be considered a convicted felon, you may very well lose your job and have difficulty obtaining future employment. Furthermore, it is common for those spending time in prison to lose their home, marriages, and families. Not to mention, the steep fines required for this conviction can leave you in financial distress. Even after doing your time, it will be extremely difficult to get your life back. Being a felon can be a deterrent to relationships and employment, leaving you lonely, destitute, and often on the street.
If you are someone you love has been accused of aggravated robbery, don’t delay, contact a skilled defense attorney immediately! The stakes are far too high to gamble with your future! Don’t spend unnecessary time in prison, pay excessive fines, or lose the good life you now enjoy! Be sure to utilize the experience and expertise of a competent lawyer to ensure a better outcome for your case!