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Simplified Law: Robbery Charges in Denver, Front Range

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I hear about someone facing Robbery charges (C.R.S. 18-4-301) in Denver, El Paso, and Douglas County, the idea of a masked bandit comes to mind. Today, I want to focus on clearing up some of the misconceptions about Robbery, and help you understand the elements of this crime.

The Lawyer's Definition of Robbery

The legal jargon:

“Aperson who knowingly takes anything of value from the person or presence of another by the use of force, threats, or intimidation commits robbery.” Sick of the legal jargon? Read our simple definition!

The Simplified Definition of Robbery

The simplified version:

“Aperson will be charged with robbery if they take something of value from another person by using threats, force, or intimidation.

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Examples of Robbery Charges in Colorado

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Paparazzi Robbery

Ashley is an up-and-coming singer. She loves all the attention, but doesn't know how to deal with the media or paparazzi yet. One day, while on tour in Denver, the media surrounds her and begin asking her question after question. She's had a long day, and snaps under the pressure. A cameraman snaps a few pictures, and she loses it. She yanks a camera out of the photographer's hand, then jumps in her car and takes off without looking back. Unfortunately, she's a well-known individual, so it isn't hard for the police to track her down for her actions. She is charged with Robbery because she took something of value from another person by force. Pulling the camera from the paparazzi photographer's hands counts for the “use of force” according to Colorado law.

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Image Credit: Pixabay – ClkerFreeVectorImages

Desperate Measures

Hank is tired of living on the streets. He used to have a good job, but when he was diagnosed with mental issues, he was laid off. Without a job to pay the medical bills, Hank ended up on the streets. He's managed to stay alive and out of trouble for a few months, but with the nights growing colder and longer, he knows he needs to find a way to stay warm. One day, he spots a man sitting on a park bench in Wash Park in Denver – sitting beside him is a warm coat. Hank walks up to the man, pretends to have a gun in his own thin coat's pocket, and demands he hand over the coat. The frightened man hands it over. Hank runs away, but is caught and is now facing Aggravated Robbery charges (because he pretended to have a weapon) for his act of desperation.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Robbery Charges

If you are facing Robbery charges in Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Adams County, you need to contact an outstanding criminal defense lawyer immediately. This is because Robbery charges can grow more serious if an accusation is made that you used a deadly weapon during a robbery. According to Colorado law, a “deadly weapon” can range from an assault rifle to your fist. If it is found you used a deadly weapon, you will be charged with Aggravated Robbery – C.R.S. 18-4-302 (like If a deadly weapon is used during the robbery, Aggravated Robbery is charged, which is more serious.Hank in our example), which carries a much harsher sentence. It is important to have the guidance of a skilled attorney as you make your way through the criminal justice system. An understanding lawyer will advocate on your behalf and work out the best possible outcome in your case, whether it is a dismissal or an acquittal at trial, or negotiating a favorable plea agreement. Here at the O'Malley Law Office, we believe in our clients, and we fight to win.

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If you or a loved one is facing Robbery charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. If you or a friend needs a jail visit from an attorney, we can do that. Together, we will protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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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