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Felony Robbery in Denver | When Facebook Selfies Lead to an Arrest

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Typically, when people rob a bank, they disguise themselves and cover their tracks. For one couple, they decided posting selfies with wads of cash on Facebook was a better idea. Once inside the bank they robbed, the boyfriend allegedly handed the bank teller a note demanding money. After the couple successfully collected the money, they posted pictures of themselves with it on Facebook. One of the selfies included the boyfriend with wads of cash in his mouth. These pictures were used by police to track down the robbers. Though the cash was a reason for them to celebrate, in Denver and Jefferson County the couple would face charges of Robbery and Conspiracy.

What is Felony Robbery in Arapahoe County, C.R.S. 18-4-301?

In order to be convicted of felony Robbery, prosecutors must prove that all elements of the crime were accounted for. The elements of felony Robbery in Arapahoe County are:

Knowingly taking anything of value from the person or presence of another

Taking anything of value by the use of force, threats, or intimidation

You may be wondering if robbery is normally charged as a felony or misdemeanor in Colorado. Across Colorado, Robbery is charged as a class 4 felony. If a deadly weapon (or what's believed to be a deadly weapon) is used in a robbery, it becomes Aggravated Robbery. Aggravated (Armed) Robbery is a class 3 felony. Because the boyfriend took something of value (money) from the bank teller by demand (force / intimidation), he would face charges of class 4 felony Robbery. If the woman was involved in the Robbery in any way, she would be charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.

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The Definition of Conspiracy in Douglas County and Across Colorado

Conspiracy charges result when a man or woman assists another in the commission of an offense, like Robbery. C.R.S. 18-2-201 provides,

“A person commits conspiracy to commit a crime if, with the intent to promote or facilitate its commission, he agrees with another person or persons that they, or one or more of them, will engage in conduct which constitutes a crime or an attempt to commit a crime, or he agrees to aid the other person or persons in the planning or commission of a crime or of an attempt to commit such crime.”

In this case, if the woman helped plan the felony Robbery, the felony Robbery itself or the getaway, she could face charges of Conspiracy. She does not need to be present for the crime.

Tough Times Require Tough Criminal Defense Lawyers in Adams County

People usually commit felony Robbery under extreme financial hardships.

It's hard to say what motivated this couple to commit felony Robbery. But, it's usually only under extreme financial hardship in Adams County that people resort to robbery. They see an opportunity and they take it. They aren't usually thinking about the consequences of their actions. They're only thinking of their current needs. When facing mandatory prison for a crime like Aggravated Robbery, you need an expert criminal defense lawyer at your side. In some cases, you may be overcharged and risk facing a harsher jail or prison sentence. Whatever the situation, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will work hard to get your case dismissed and your name cleared. We will work hard to present a strong defense before the judge and the jury. Your future is worth fighting for.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Robbery, Aggravated Robbery or Conspiracy in Denver, Littleton or Westminster, Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation 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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