Robbery Defense Lawyers in Nashville, TN
Serving Clients in Mount Juliet, Brentwood & Franklin
According to Tennessee Code Annotated § 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 defense attorney who is skilled in handling these cases.
By itself, robbery is considered a Class C felony crime, which carries between 3 and 15 years of prison time and fines up to $10,000. However, the offense may be elevated to aggravated robbery if 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 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.
At May McKinney, we defend people accused of robbery in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. Our attorneys have almost 80 years of legal experience and the dedication to pursue the best outcome for each client, even in the most complex cases.
For a confidential review of your case, call (615) 265-6383.
How much jail time do you get for unarmed robbery?
A conviction for unarmed robbery is ordinarily punished by 3 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 8 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 TCA § 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 your Nashville robbery 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 caseload 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.
Call for a Review of Your Nashville Robbery Charges
No two robbery cases are the same, and it will take a strategic analysis and meticulous investigation to determine how to best protect your interests. With our experience and our commitment to taking a fiercely committed approach to our clients’ cases, we at May & McKinney can pursue the results you need.
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