When you take something that doesn’t belong to you, it is generally considered to be robbery. This is true whether the item was taken by force, coercion or any other means. However, just because you have been charged with this crime doesn’t actually mean that you are guilty. Let’s take a look at how an attorney may be able to preserve your rights and get a favorable outcome in a criminal case.
Did You Intend to Take Someone Else’s Property?
To be considered robbery, there needs to be an intent on your part to take someone else’s property and not give it back. Therefore, if you merely borrowed something and forgot to return it, it is unlikely that a robbery charge would stick. The same would also apply if you took back an item that a neighbor or friend borrowed and had never returned. An attorney may use witness statements or other evidence that may cast doubt on that you blatantly took an object and intended to keep it in your possession.
Were You Coerced Into Committing a Crime?
An attorney may argue that you were coerced into committing a crime such as robbery. For example, it may be possible to say that you were told to go steal a car by someone who threatened to hurt you if it wasn’t taken. An individual may also have compelled you to commit an act by threatening your spouse, children or other family members. While this may not absolve you of guilt entirely, it could make you look more sympathetic in the eyes of a jury.
Was There a Justifiable Reason for Committing Robbery?
From a legal perspective, a person is guilty of robbery by taking property that doesn’t belong to them. It doesn’t matter why you committed the crime or why you believe it was justified. However, a jury may not want to convict a person who stole bread or fruit needed to feed a young child. Instead, it is likely that a case would be dropped or a plea agreement negotiated.
Could Evidence Be Suppressed In a Case?
There are many reasons why evidence would be suppressed in a case. For example, perhaps the police failed to read your rights prior to making an arrest. It is also possible that a police officer violated your right to privacy by searching your car or home without a warrant. In the event that evidence is obtained illegally, it is usually thrown out. This means that a jury won’t see it or be able to consider it when deciding your fate.
Depending on the strength of a case without that evidence, the case could be dismissed or a mistrial declared. If evidence is not suppressed that you believe should have, it may provide grounds to appeal a conviction. Your attorney will try to create an argument as to why evidence should be suppressed or considered irrelevant to the case at hand.
How Likely Is an Acquittal?
There is no guarantee that a jury will choose to acquit an individual in a robbery case. However, there are things that you can do to help your chances of obtaining one. One tip is to be sure to listen to your attorney’s advice when it comes to talking to authorities or to the media as the case unfolds. Staying quiet is generally the best way to avoid making mistakes.
Furthermore, it is critical that you give your attorney as many details as possible to work with in a given matter. This makes it easier to create a narrative that works to your advantage and creates enough doubt in a juror’s mind to vote to acquit.
If you have been charged with robbery, be sure to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Doing so may make it easier to craft a defense to the charge that may lead to having charges dropped or a favorable plea deal.
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