Robbery & Aggravated Robbery

According to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-401, robbery is the "intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear." Whether you were charged with using force to steal a woman's purse, brandishing a knife to compel a cashier to give you money or any other crime, you need a Nashville robbery and aggravated robbery attorney skilled in these kinds of cases.

By itself, robbery is considered a class C felony crime, which carries between three and 15 years of prison time and fines up to $10,000. However, the offense may be elevated to aggravated robbery when the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon (or what appears to be a deadly weapon) or causes serious bodily harm to the victim.

The crime can be escalated even further to especially aggravated robbery when the perpetrator both uses a deadly weapon and causes serious bodily harm to the victim. This offense is considered a class A felony and carries the very harshest penalties under the law.

We Will Defend Your Rights And Freedom

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we defend people accused of robbery in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. Mr. McKinney has more than 20 years of experience and the dedication to pursuing the very best outcome for each client in even the most complex cases.

For a free consultation, call the Law Office of Rob McKinney at 615-686-2115.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much jail time do you get for unarmed robbery?

A conviction for unarmed robbery is ordinarily punished by three to 15 years in prison. However, if you don't have a weapon but still cause serious bodily injury (say, by punching the victim), you could be charged with aggravated robbery.

How much time can you get for aggravated robbery?

Aggravated robbery is a Class B felony punishable by eight to 30 years in prison. Especially aggravated robbery is the most serious robbery charge. It is a Class A felony punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison.

What does the prosecution have to prove?

As stated in Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-401, robbery is "the intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear." The words "intentional" and "knowing" are very important as is the word "fear". The state must prove that the defendant acted with intent or with knowledge to take something or put someone in fear. For the defense attorney, this provides at least one possible defense strategy. Another possible defense strategy is to get the charge reduced to one carrying lesser penalties.

How will you pay legal fees if you hire a lawyer?

The cost of legal representation can be a big obstacle for people charged with robbery. You are entitled to representation from a public defender. But keep in mind this fact: a public defender has a heavy case load and may not be able to give your case the attention it deserves. Private defense lawyers can generally devote much more time to each case and they often have much more experience than public defenders. A family member is often the best source of funds to pay for the costs of a private defense attorney. And when multiple family members join to share the cost of defense, the individual burden placed on each goes down.

Free Consultation With Our Attorney

To schedule a free initial consultation about robbery, aggravated robbery or any other criminal matter, contact Nashville criminal defense lawyer Rob McKinney. Simply call 615-686-2115 or contact us through this website. He defends clients charged with theft offenses and violent crimes throughout the state.


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Date published: 08/07/2016