Robbery is the unlawful taking of property from a person by force or threat of force.
The main difference between robbery and other forms of theft is the element of force. As an example, when an individual takes money from a wallet someone left on their desk, that is theft. There is no force or violence. Robbery means taking something of value from one’s person using force or violence or threatening force or violence.
If you have been charged with robbery, you may wish to contact a lawyer. The benefits of a DC robbery attorney including experience handling this type of charge in the District of Columbia, extensive resources, and knowledge of the latest technologies and law changes that may be relevant to your case.
When beginning preparations for the litigation of a robbery case, a lawyer may first read the available material, such as the police reports or affidavits. The lawyer may also speak with the defendant to see if they have any information pertinent to the charge before investigating the case.
A law firm may have investigators on staff who could attempt to interview the individual that claims they were robbed, as well as other eyewitnesses. They may take pictures of the scene of the alleged robbery, create a diagram of the scene, and begin to explore various defense theories.
In nearly all robbery cases, an offer is made by the prosecution to resolve a case without a trial. A defense attorney could analyze the case when advising the client about accepting an offer to resolve the case or take a guilty plea. A lawyer might look at what prosecutors have offered and calculate whether or not losing at a trial brings worse consequences than entering a guilty plea.
In some cases, usually when the government has a good case, they may make an offer with exceptionally good terms. A plea bargain may not require an admission of guilt, or it may allow for the conviction to be removed from the person’s record, for example. In Washington, DC this is known as a deferred sentencing agreement or deferred prosecution agreement.
In certain cases, a person should never accept a guilty plea because they have nothing to lose by going to trial and trying to obtain an acquittal. That is relatively rare because plea offers, as designed by prosecutors, usually provide clients with some benefit to take the guilty plea.
Many cases fall somewhere in the middle, where a close analysis of the person’s life, their situation, criminal history, future plans, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the case guide the attorney’s recommendation to the client about the decision they must make.
A person should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as they know they are under investigation, suspect they are under investigation, or have any interaction with law enforcement directed towards them such as a search warrant, an attempted interview by law enforcement, or an arrest. Under no circumstances should anyone in those situations ever speak with law enforcement without an attorney present.
One of the main benefits of a DC robbery attorney is to act as a buffer between their client and law enforcement. Aside from their name, date of birth, and social security number, the individual does not need to have any other information.
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