Keegan Law: Robbery Lawyers in Boston, MA

Robbery can be either armed or unarmed, and the difference between the two can determine the severity of your sentence if proven guilty. To convict you of unarmed robbery, the prosecution must show that you robbed another person without a weapon through the use of force, violence or fear, and that the property taken may be the subject of larceny. Robbery is considered a crime against a person rather than just a crime against property. The reason for this is that it involves forcefully taking an item from the personal possession of another.

According to Massachusetts Law §265.17 (2011), robbery with the use of a deadly weapon could include a life sentence in prison. If the offender was wearing a mask at the time of the robbery, they will be sentenced to at least five years behind bars. An individuals who was accused of armed robbery for a second, third, or fourth time, will have a minimum prison sentence of 15 years. If the victim of robbery was over the age of 65, they will be subject to different penalties. Massachusetts Law §265.19 (2011) says that even if the accused was not armed at the time of the robbery, they could still be sent to prison for life should they have robbed an elderly citizen.

Defending Robbery Charges

Before you can be convicted of armed robbery, the prosecution will have to demonstrate that you assaulted a person, took money or property from them that may be the subject of larceny, and that you were armed with a dangerous weapon. The minimum sentence for armed robbery is five years in prison if you were wearing a mask or disguised your features in any way. If you are convicted of robbery with a firearm, you will receive a minimum of five years as well.