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To be charged with robbery, you must do one of the following while committing or attempting to commit a theft offense or while trying to flee:
Aggravated robbery, in turn, can happen in two ways. First, it can involve doing one of the following while committing or attempting to commit a theft offense or while trying to flee:
Second, it can involve stealing or attempting to steal a deadly weapon from a police officer or prison guard when both of the following is true:
Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with robbery. Robbery penalties can range from a second degree felony, punishable by up to 8 years in prison to a first degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison.
If you are convicted of robbery, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of robbery, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered serious and potentially violent criminal offender. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your robbery charge the level of importance it deserves.
The experienced Columbus robbery attorneys take a two pronged approach to all robbery cases. First and foremost, you will need a bond. Generally, you will be arrested when charged with robbery. If not, the charge(s) will be filed as a warrant and you will have to turn yourself in. We will represent you at your initial bond hearing and look to secure a favorable bond and your release from jail.
Thereafter we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made in their investigation, whether the prosecuting witness is fabricating the charges and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and interviewing witnesses. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, pictures and recorded interviews. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the experienced Columbus robbery attorneys have successfully represented clients on criminal offenses ranging from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with robbery or aggravated robbery, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced robbery attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.