Robbery Charges in Las Vegas, Nevada
Criminal Charge for Robbery
Robbery or armed robbery is a very serious charge in Nevada and the prosecuting attorney will take all measures to get the maximum allowed by law punishments. Without proper representation it is very difficult get robbery charges reduced.
If you find yourself accused of a robbery, you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney at Heshmati & Associates to discuss your rights under Nevada law.
Definition of Robbery
The NRS Chapter 200.380 defines robbery as "the unlawful taking of personal property from the person of another, or in the person’s presence, against his or her will, by means of force or violence or fear of injury." In many robbery cases the accused is facing claims that force was used to retain possession of the property, force was used as a preventive measure, and force was used to facilitate escape.
Robbery Charges: Sentencing
|Category B Felony||Imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 15 years|
Robbery Charges and Concurrent Sentence
The robbery charges in Nevada are classified as a Category B Felony, but if there are convictions for other charges, this sentence may run concurrent or consecutive. A concurrent sentence will run while the other sentences for the other charges are also running. This makes a concurrent sentence preferable if the judge is sentencing a defendant for multiple convictions and one of them is a robbery charge.
Aggregated Robbery Charges
The robbery charges can be elevated or aggregated. If the defendant used or possessed a deadly weapon (gun, knife or other deadly weapon) during the robbery, the judge in Nevada may consider to double the sentence.
Other things that can elevate the robbery charge include:
- The victim was a retired person, or
- The victim was disabled and/or mentally challenged.
While the aggravated factors can elevate the penalty, the mitigating factors can reduce the charges. Example of mitigating factors would be if the defendant returned the stolen property or the defendant had no prior criminal record.
Aggravated Robbery Charges
Aggravated robbery means the robber was armed with a deadly weapon and had an accomplice.
Aggravated Robbery and Probation
If you are convicted of aggravated robbery in Nevada, the ability to get any kind of probation is very limited.
Conspiracy of Robbery Charges
In Nevada you can be convicted of conspiracy by agreeing with another person to commit a crime, even if no further steps are taken.
Defenses for Robbery Charges
Common defenses to the charge of robbery may include:
- Mistaken identity
- Misunderstanding of the situation
- Lack of evidence
- The defendant was forced to commit the robbery under duress
- The defendant has a good alibi
The robbery charge is one that requires an attorney to look at all the facts to determine lawful ownership of the property and, unlike larceny, to consider the actions taken obtaining such property.
Heshmati & Associates:
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys
The penalties for robbery are harsh and you need to have a good criminal representation. If you are arrested for robbery in Las Vegas, call a criminal defense attorney at Heshmati & Associates at 702-432-1000 to discuss your case.
Affordable rates and payment plans are available.
Heshmati & Associates represent clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin South, Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite, Clark County and throughout the surrounding areas of Nevada. The office is located at 515 S. 7th Street in downtown Las Vegas.
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