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What are the penalties for robbery in New York?

| Oct 18, 2019 | Theft And Property Crimes |

Robbery is unlawful in New York much like it is in any other state. You should realize that you don’t have to use a weapon to be charged with that crime here in Kew Gardens or any other part of the Empire State.

All you have to do is point your finger under your clothes and give the impression that you have a weapon when you steal something to be charged with this crime. If you attempt to use a knife or gun to threaten or force someone to hand over their property, then this may result in you being charged with robbery as well.

The New York Penal Code Article 160, et seq. describes what robbery is as well as the different degrees of the crime.

An individual may be charged with a first-degree felony if they forcibly steal something from another person while armed with a deadly weapon. They may be charged with this crime simply by threatening to use a dangerous instrument as well.

A suspect can be charged with this degree offense just by making it seem like they have a weapon. First-degree robbery charges are particularly reserved for individuals who inflict significant physical harm on their victims.

Suspects are often charged with second-degree robbery when they stand accused of forcibly stealing something from someone else. If the suspect was assisted by an additional person, brandished a weapon or caused injury to another, then they may be charged with a second-degree felony. If the property that a defendant is alleged to have stolen was a motor vehicle, then they may be charged with a second-degree offense as well.

Any defendant convicted of a first-degree Class B felony in New York may be sentenced up to 25 years in prison. Second-degree Class C felony offenses carry a sentence of up to 15 years’ incarceration. Anyone convicted of a third-degree Class D felony in New York may face up to seven years in prison. Fines may also be assessed.

If you’re facing robbery charges in New York, then you should reach out to an attorney. They can advise you of your rights in your case, especially given how the stakes are high if you lose your case.


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