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Robbery defenses: There are many strategies to consider

As you probably know, robbery is a serious crime that can have serious implications on your life. For this reason, it's imperative to understand how to implement a defense strategy that provides the best opportunity for avoiding punishment.

Just the same as most crimes, there is more than one type of robbery defense strategy. However, implementing the right approach is easier said than done.

Below are several options for implementing a defense at trial:

1. Innocence

In short, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you were the person who committed the crime. With this in mind, you may be able to avoid a conviction by providing evidence that proves your innocence. Also, it's important to understand the many ways to discredit the prosecution's evidence.

2. Entrapment

An entrapment defense is not the easiest to implement, but it can definitely help you avoid conviction if used in the appropriate manner.

This comes into play if the defendant was pushed into committing a crime that he or she would not have otherwise committed.

An example of this would be proving that the person who was robbed coerced the behavior with the idea of bringing criminal charges against the defendant.

3. Duress

There are times when a person is forced by another party to commit robbery. This often comes about when somebody makes a threat of physical harm if the person does not comply.

Proving duress is never easy, but it's far from impossible. What matters most is the ability to prove the potential for immediate harm, thus giving the person no choice but to commit the crime.

While not always the case, most people who are charged with robbery turn to the innocence defense strategy. When compared to the other options, it's the easiest to implement, especially in the event that evidence is presented that backs up the defendant's claim.

The penalty for a robbery conviction is nothing to take lightly. In New York, for example, there is a minimum and maximum term of imprisonment for this crime. This gives the judge the ability to select the penalty based on the crime.

Take, for example, second degree robbery. If convicted, the range consists of a prison term of one to 15 years.

With such serious penalties, it's important to do whatever you can to avoid a robbery conviction. This starts with implementing the right defense strategy.

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