What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island For Robbery
Robbery in New York State is defined as a forcible larceny. There are three different degrees of Robbery, depending on the level of force used, whether there was a weapon involved and whether anyone was injured. The most serious charge, Robbery in the First Degree, is a Class B Violent Felony which carries a maximum potential punishment of 25 years incarceration in state prison. Even if you have a clean record, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years incarceration in state prison. This makes it imperative that you and your lawyer develop a strategy to minimize your exposure to prison time.
All degrees of Robbery are felonies, but the lowest (Robbery in the Third Degree) is a non-violent felony. This means that there is a possibility for a non-jail sentence even if you plead guilty or are convicted after trial. Robbery in the Third Degree is forcibly stealing property from another person. There must be no weapons involved, no injuries, and only one perpetrator.
If more than one person commits a Robbery, or if there is a weapon used, or if a victim is injured, the level can rise to Robbery in the Second Degree or Robbery in the First Degree.
These cases often involve crime scene processing where the police attempt to locate evidence to connect a suspect to the crime. This can be in the form of fingerprints, DNA, or other trace evidence. If a suspect was using a cell phone at or around the time of the commission of the crime, the police and the prosecutor can obtain the cell phone records to determine the approximate location of the suspect when the crime was committed.
If you’ve been charged with any level of Robbery, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. A good attorney will try to have you released on your recognizance, or to have bail set in an amount that you can afford. He will challenge the admissibility of forensic evidence in court, and attempt to have it suppressed. He will make sure any evidence or confessions which were obtained in violation of your constitutional rights are suppressed and not permitted at trial.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. As a prosecutor, Glenn Kurtzrock specialized in home invasion style Robbery and Burglary cases, including taking several to trial. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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