Under the law, robbery is a very serious charge, and requires an experienced, aggressive trial lawyer. Robbery is a “strike” offense and can bring a maximum penalty of life in prison. If you have been charged with robbery in Kitsap County, you need an experienced trial lawyer at your side.
Robbery is defined as taking personal property away from another person by the use of force or by threats of use of force. There are two levels of Robbery in Washington State. Those are: Robbery First Degree and Robbery Second Degree.
ROBBERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE
First Degree Robbery is a robbery where the defendant is armed with a deadly weapon, or with what appears to be a deadly weapon, or the defendant inflicts bodily injury, or the defendant robs a financial institution or bank. The offense is a class A felony with a possible sentence of up life in prison and a $50,000 fine. A “deadly weapon” means a weapon readily capable of causing substantial bodily harm. Under the law, any injury inflicted does not have to be intentionally inflicted. However, under Washington law, it is not sufficient for a defendant to merely threaten the use of a weapon, there must be some showing that an actual weapon was present, or there was some physical manifestation of a weapon. An aggressive defense lawyer is needed to protect a person from such prosecutions.
ROBBERY IN THE SECOND DEGREE
Second Degree Robbery is charged when a robbery is alleged but the defendant did not use a deadly weapon or inflict injury. This offense is a Class B felony with a possible sentence of up to 10 years prison and a $20,000 fine. Like Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the second degree is also a “strike” offense. It is no uncommon for prosecutors to charge robbery in situations where a shoplifter resists a store clerk or when a would-be shoplifter pushes or shoves someone while trying to flee. An aggressive defense lawyer is needed to defend against such charges.
As with most felonies, prosecuting attorneys often attempt to bring weapon enhancement on charges of robbery. For the crime of Robbery Second Degree, a deadly weapon enhancement brings an additional sentence of 12 months, and a firearm enhancement brings an additional 36 months. All deadly weapons enhancements are served consecutively and do not accrue good time. For the crime of Burglary in the First Degree, a deadly weapon enhancement brings an additional sentence of 18 months, and a firearm enhancement brings an additional penalty of 60 months. Again, deadly weapons enhancements are served consecutively to the regular sentence and do not accrue good time. For this reason, you need an experienced, aggressive trial lawyer.
AN AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE ATTORNEY IS NEEDED:
When you meet with an attorney from Pimentel & Associates, he or she will review the facts of your case and advise you as to how he can best provide an effective defense on your behalf. Adrian Pimentel has literally handled dozens if not hundreds of Robbery cases. Mr. Pimentel is aggressive and compassionate. Mr. Pimentel’s motto is “If there is a way out, I’ll find it.”