Aggravated robbery charges in Arapahoe County often involve situations where someone is armed with a weapon while committing a robbery. When someone wounds another with a deadly weapon during a robbery or uses threats, especially detrimental criminal charges can result. Earlier this week, police were looking for a suspect linked to two different robberies in Colorado involving a deadly weapon. The man allegedly showed a knife in both instances while demanding money from a clerk. Any allegations of aggravated robbery in Colorado require representation from an experienced criminal lawyer.
What is Aggravated Robbery in Colorado?
Aggravated robbery in Aurora, Centennial, and Englewood is addressed in C.R.S. 18-3-402. If someone commits robbery and any of the following are true, aggravated robbery charges can result if the suspect:
- committed the offense with a weapon intending to kill, maim, or wound a person if resisted,
- struck or wounded someone with a deadly weapon,
- used force, threats, or intimidation that caused fear of injury or death,
- represented that they were armed with a deadly weapon
The essential difference between robbery and aggravated robbery is the use or threat of a deadly weapon. Deadly weapons include many different items ranging from a firearm to a baseball bat. If the object is capable of causing serious injury or death it may be considered a deadly weapon.
Sentencing for Aggravated Robbery in Arapahoe County
The consequences of an aggravated robbery conviction in Colorado are severe. As a class 3 felony, conviction can result in:
- 4 – 16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- up to $750,000 in fines
This lengthy potential of incarceration is due to the offense being an extraordinary risk crime. In cases where the defendant knowingly strikes or wounds someone with a deadly weapon as part of the robbery, the potential prison sentence doubles.
Arapahoe County Aggravated Robbery Attorney
Just because someone has been charged with aggravated robbery in Colorado doesn’t mean they’re guilty. A strong defense to this serious crime hinges on the facts of the case and consulting a strategic defense attorney early on. Perhaps the deadly weapon wasn’t used in the robbery, robbery never occurred, or there was no claim or reference to a deadly weapon. Nevertheless, contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those charged with robbery throughout Colorado.
If you or someone you know is facing robbery charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the results-driven criminal lawyers at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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