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Adams County Robbery in a Pawn Shop

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jul 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Acouple days ago I read a story of an Adams County Robbery where two armed men robbed a pawn shop in Adams County, Colorado. The men allegedly took 14 handguns, cash and jewelry. When they came into the pawn shop, one of the men forced one of the employees to get to the ground. Another one of the employees was forced to give access to the firearms and jewelry after a gun was put to his head. Since this incident happened in Colorado, these men are facing charges of Aggravated Robbery.

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Aggravated Robbery in Jefferson and Douglas County

The definition of Aggravated Robbery, C.R.S 18-4-302, in Colorado is:

“A person who commits robbery is guilty of aggravated robbery if during the act of robbery or immediate flight therefrom:

(a) He is armed with a deadly weapon with intent, if resisted, to kill, maim, or wound the person robbed or any other person; or

(b) He knowingly wounds or strikes the person robbed or any other person with a deadly weapon or by the use of force, threats, or intimidation with a deadly weapon knowingly puts the person robbed or any other person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury; or

(c) He has present a confederate, aiding or abetting the perpetration of the robbery, armed with a deadly weapon, with the intent, either on the part of the defendant or confederate, if resistance is offered, to kill, maim, or would the person robbed or any other person, or by the use of force, threats, or intimidation puts the person robbed or any other person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury; or

(d) He possesses any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead any person who is present reasonably to believe it to be a deadly weapon or represents verbally or otherwise that he is then and there so armed.”

These men face charges of Aggravated Robbery because they came into the pawn shop armed with weapons. One of the men also used a gun to threaten one of the employees to prompt him or her to allow the men to take the handguns and the jewelry. Aggravated Robbery is a class 3 felony and an extraordinary risk crime with mandatory sentencing across Colorado. This means anyone convicted could face up to 16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and risk paying up to $750,000 in fines. It is an extreme example of threatened violence with guns and if true, the charges are not unreasonable given the threats and potential for serious bodily injury.

Aggravated Robbery VS. Robbery

Robbery, C.R.S 18-4-301, in Denver and across Colorado is a lesser charge to Aggravated Robbery because there's no mention of a deadly weapon involved. It generally arises when someone tries to take something from the person of another by force or threat. Purse snatching can come under this serious felony. Aggravated Robbery can be charged against an individual just because someone thinks or believes a deadly weapon is involved. Because of the high risks involved in a robbery case, it's vital that you involve a criminal defense attorney early on if facing charges. The criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have frequent success getting charges dismissed against our clients as well as acquittals from jury trial.

Why You Need the Best Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers

Charges and convictions of Aggravated Robbery are serious in Arapahoe and Pitkin County, and need to be handled by the best criminal defense attorneys. The defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience in criminal law and know how to represent our clients well. It's important that you do not give information to police if you've been contacted about Aggravated Robbery charges. Instead, contact one of our experienced defense attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation. We stand by the accused and fight hard to defend your rights. If a friend is in the Adams County Jail, we can travel to the jail for a same day lawyer jail visit and meeting.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Robbery or Aggravated Robbery, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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