Robbery is a serious felony offense in Virginia. A conviction for robbery can result in a significant prison sentence and a permanent criminal record. Fortunately, you may have defenses to the charges you face. However, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to identify the defenses that apply to your case and to help you achieve the best outcome in your individual situation.
Robbery in Virginia
Robbery is generally the taking of property or money through the use of force or threat of force against another person. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-58, the predicate violent act or threat can include a crime of violence or a threat of violence in one of several ways:
- Violence that can include partial strangulation, suffocation, striking or beating, or any other violence to the person;
- Otherwise putting the victim in fear of serious bodily harm; or
- Threatening to use or brandishing a firearm or other deadly weapon
The robbery statute does not requre proof that the victim of a robbery be the actual owner of the property at issue. It is sufficient if he is in possession of the property. A robbery can include taking personal property from the person or in his presence. A business can also be the victim of a robbery crime.
Carjacking: Another Serious Felony Offense
Carjacking is a very serious theft-related felony in Virginia involving the theft of a motor vehicle. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-58.1, carjacking is the intentional seizure or seizure of control of a motor vehicle of another person with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive him of possession or control of the vehicle. It must include the same acts of violence or threats of violence as defined above for robbery.
Penalties for Robbery or Carjacking
The penalties for a conviction for robbery under Virginia law is five years to life in prison. The penalty for a conviction for carjacking is even more severe, with a penalty range of 15 years to life in prison.
Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
Are you facing robbery or carjacking charges in Virginia? Given the possibility of being sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence or to prison for the rest of your life, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to build a strong defense to the charges you face.
Our experienced legal team has years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals charged with robbery and other serious offenses in Virginia. We will aggressively fight for your rights and are not afraid to take criminal cases to trial when it is in our client’s best interests. To learn more about what you can expect in your criminal case and how we can help, call our office or start an online chat to schedule your free consultation today.