Robbery Charges

Our Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney is here to Help

Robbery is prosecuted harshly in California since it is considered a violent crime. Being charged with robbery will likely bring considerable stress and anxiety into your life, considering what a conviction can bring you. Instead of worrying, let our Ventura criminal defense attorney handle your case and work toward a favorable resolution.

In our more than 10 years of experience defending clients charged with all manner of criminal offenses, we have learned what strategies are the most effective at preserving our clients' freedom. Attorney Christopher P. Welch understands how the law works and has earned a 9.5 Superb rating from Avvo because of his professional attitude and dedication to wholeheartedly serving our clients.

How is robbery defined under California law?

California defines robbery as the felonious taking of another's property from their immediate presence against their will by means of force or intimidation. Hence, a number of situations can constitute robbery and produce criminal charges. The presence of the victim is what distinguishes robbery from theft and elevates the punishments.

Sentencing for a robbery conviction depends on whether it is charged as a first or second-degree crime. Most offenses are charged as second-degree robbery, which carries up to five years in jail.

  • Your charge can be upgraded to first degree robbery if:
  • You caused another person to suffer an injury during the robbery
  • You used a firearm during the crime, which can add 10 years to your sentence
  • You actually use the firearm, which can add 20 years to the sentence
  • The use of your firearm causes injury or death, which can add 25 years to your sentence

Otherwise, a first degree conviction can result in up to six years in jail. You could serve additional time on probation and be forced to perform community service and pay reparations to the alleged victim.

We are Ready to Defend You

A robbery charge is always serious, which means you need a competent Ventura criminal defense lawyer who can argue that you had a claim to the property in question, or no force or fear was used in obtaining the property. Perhaps it is a case of mistaken identity. Whatever the details of your case, theLaw Office of Christopher P. Welch can build a defense strategy that works for you!

Call us today and we can being working toward a positive resolution of your case together!