Across the metro area, Robbery is a common crime with many variations. One of these is Aggravated Robbery of Controlled Substances. Unlike traditional robberies, however, those completing this crime are not after money. They want controlled substances. This single fact greatly elevates the level of severity of this crime. Let’s take a quick look at what can occur under Colorado law. We’ll both be smarter.
The Basic Definition of a Denver Robbery
Colorado law defines Robbery as:
A person who knowingly takes anything of value from the person or presence of another by the use of force, threats, or intimidation commits Robbery. Robbery is a class 4 felony.
When a Pharmacy is Involved in a Douglas County Robbery, Charges Skyrocket
The definition of Aggravated Robbery of Controlled Substances is:
A person who takes any controlled substance . . . from any pharmacy or other place having lawful possession thereof or from any pharmacist or other person having lawful possession thereof under the aggravating circumstances defined in section 18-4-302 is guilty of aggravated robbery of controlled substances. Aggravated robbery of controlled substances is a class 2 felony.
Real World Examples of Aggravated Robbery of Controlled Substance in Arapahoe County
Taking medicine by the use of a deadly weapon, like with a gun, from anyone in lawful possession of it, will qualify for this crime. Imagine the Robbery of a FedEx deliveryman in Aurora. Imagine the Robbery of a customer as they are leaving the pharmacy in Greenwood Village with their filled prescription. Imagine the Robbery of a drug salesman in Lone Tree as he makes his rounds to doctors in an office building. To show how tough this law is, an actual gun does not even need to be present. All the robber needs to do is say or pretend they have a gun and the punishment is the same: A class 2 felony – with 8 to 24 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This is one of the most severely punished non-murder crimes in our state.
Keep Silent – Your Best Defense in Jefferson and Adams County
If you are charged with Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, or Aggravated Robbery of Controlled Substances in Jefferson County or Adams County, never give a statement to police when they call or confront you. They are trying to gain evidence for your prosecution. Too often, our clients gladly answer questions and assist police in sending themselves to prison. Silence is always your best policy.
Always exercise your constitutional right to remain silent, then call the best Robbery criminal defense lawyers in Colorado at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.