Armed Robbery and Theft in Lansing
Hollywood films such as Public Enemies, The Town and Reservoir Dogs tend to make armed robbery look glamorous and exciting, but in Lansing, armed robbery is anything but thrilling. If convicted, a person may face very heavy consequences and have the conviction hanging over his or her head for a very long time.
In Lansing, charges of armed robbery and theft are quite serious and will require a skilled theft defense attorney to help you navigate the litigation system. If you are facing these charges or believe yourself to be under suspicion, contact Grabel & Associates immediately and get started on your defense.
Often referred to as grand larceny, armed robbery involves any theft or an attempt at theft while carrying with the intent to use or actually using a deadly weapon. The weapon in question does not always have to be a gun, knife, or other item commonly used as a weapon, such as a baseball bat. In some cases, a weapon can be something used to bludgeon another person, such as a large rock.
Armed robbery is outlined in two sections of the Michigan Penal Code. Section 750.530 defines an armed robber as any person who, in the course of committing a larceny of any money or other property that may be the subject of larceny, uses violence or force against any present person, or who assaults or puts the person in fear. A person convicted of such a crime may spend up to 15 years in prison, depending on the nature of the crime.
This is the foundation for armed robbery. The section makes note of force or violence, but does not specifically address the use of a weapon.
This section also denotes any acts of violence that occur during the course of committing a larceny. If an act of violence is attempted or does occur during the course of the larceny or in the flight or attempted flight after the larceny has occurred in which the person is attempted to retain possession of the property, then the person facing larceny charges may see his or her charges changed to armed robbery.
Not all robberies start out violent. In some cases, the appearance of police officers may encourage robbers to act violently towards the people involved. In the adrenaline rush to escape the scene, some people are injured, intentionally and unintentionally. According to this section, the robber is to be held responsible for these injuries.
Section 750.529 deals specifically with the use or possession of a dangerous weapon in situations of aggravated assault and larceny. In order to be charged with armed robbery, a robber can be:
- Holding a dangerous weapon, such as a knife.
- Be in possession of an item that any reasonable person would believe is a dangerous weapon.
- Represents orally that he or she is actually in possession of a dangerous weapon.
As you can see, a person does not actually have to have a dangerous weapon on hand at a robbery in order to be charged with armed robbery. He or she only has to imply that a weapon is present. The robber might bluff and tell a cashier that he or she has a weapon. Even if it turns out to be untrue, a prosecutor may still charge the robber with armed robbery.
Defending Against Charges
While every case of armed robbery will be different, there are some things that a person under suspicion can do to protect him or herself. If you think you may be charged with armed robbery, follow these tips to ensure that you do not incriminate yourself.
First, do not talk to the police under any circumstances. There are some interrogation tactics that police like to use to get suspects to admit guilt, even when they are not guilty. Prosecutors may also twist your words and make it appear that you said something you did not intend to say. If the police arrive at your home without a search warrant, do not let them in.
Finally, contact an attorney as soon as possible. He or she will listen to your story and be able to advise you every step of the way. When and if charges are filed, you will have a skilled attorney by your side that will guide you through each step of the process and be your voice in the courtroom.
Even if you have already been arrested or even convicted, it is still not too late to contact Grabel & Associates. We provide first-rate legal representation and will speak up for your rights. With our help, you could have a clear record and a happier life.
Contact Grabel & Associates
The stigma of being labeled a thief or a robber is something that can follow you for the rest of your life. During the background checks that are commonplace when seeking employment in and around Lansing, your potential employer will immediately see the charges on your record, which may halt any chances of securing good employment. If you decide to go back to school, you made be turned down during the application process if you have an armed robbery or theft conviction.
Do not let these charges hurt your life and well-being. Call the attorneys at Grabel & Associates today and talk for free. Our toll-free number is 1-800-342-7896, and you can also contact us through our website. Do not put your freedom at risk. Contact Grabel & Associates today.