Understanding a Robbery Charge Under Idaho Law
Have you or someone you know been charged with robbery in the State of Idaho? As you may expect, being found guilty of robbery has serious implications. Attorneys of Idaho is here to help you navigate through your legal battle and fight on your behalf. Here is some general information about robbery to help you get started.
First things first, let's get to the bottom of what a 'robbery' really means. In Idaho, a robbery is defined as taking someone else's possessions against their will, either from their person or in their immediate presence, while using force or fear. As defined in Idaho Code section 18-6501. What sets robbery apart from other theft crimes is the intentional use of force, intimidation, or fear.
A robbery may happen even if you didn't intend to take the person's possessions. If you knew that your actions would motivate the person to give up their items, then a robbery has occurred.
If you're found guilty of robbery, the consequences can be serious. Under Idaho Law, a person convicted of robbery may be sentenced to prison for not less than five (5) years, and up to life.
Yes, you read that right – if you are convicted of robbery, it carries at least five (5) years. But depending on the seriousness of the circumstances, a robbery conviction has the potential to result in a life sentence as explained in Idaho Code section 18-6503.
In addition to prison time, you may also be subjected to a fine up to $50,000 and civil penalty up to $5,000.
These consequences are serious and we at Attorneys of Idaho take your case with the utmost care and concern because every person deserves an attorney in their corner who is taking their case as seriously as they do.
Robbery is a severe charge, but it's not the end of the world. Just because you're facing a robbery charge, this does not automatically mean that the prosecutors will be able to convict you. The prosecution is required to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. At Attorneys of Idaho, we are here to assist you in that fight. Here are some common defense strategies that may be applicable to your particular case:
For the prosecution to be successful, they have to prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that the person sitting in the defendant's chair is who actually did the alleged robbery. If there are questions about who actually committed the crime, unreliable accounts by witnesses, or other contrary evidence, then a defense might be raised that you have been misidentified and another person is responsible.
- Lack of force or threat:
Robbery requires the use of force or threat. If this can't be proven, your charges could potentially be reduced or even dismissed.
Even if the State can prove that your situation meets the requirements for robbery, we can still help. At Attorneys of Idaho we are dedicated to protecting your constitutional rights and seeing that you get a fair shot throughout the legal process. We will examine all of your rights and determine if any evidence against you may be suppressed if those rights were violated.
Remember, every case is unique. That's why it's essential to have a skilled attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your situation and construct a solid defense strategy.
Robbery charges are serious, but don't let them spin your life out of control. We at Attorneys of Idaho are here to help you navigate these choppy waters. Remember, the law is complex, but everyone deserves a fighting chance. If you have questions, give us a shout. Your first consultation is always free, and we're ready to stand by your side. Let's tackle this together!