Robbery is defined under RSA 636:1 and consists of using or threatening to use physical force against another person in the course of committing a theft. If the defendant uses a weapon, gives the appearance of using a weapon, or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury than the charge will be brought as a class A felony carrying up to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison. Otherwise, the charge will be brought as a class B felony, carrying up to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison.
Robbery charges are frequently brought if the defendant holds up a store clerk, or mugs an individual on the street. Robbery can also be charged when a defendant attempts to shoplift from a store and makes some physical contact with a security guard while attempting to flee.
Bank robbery charges, whether by use of an actual weapon or a “note job” that does not involve a real weapon are almost always brought in Federal Court, that has an entirely different sentencing scheme than the state system. The sentences in those cases are usually quite steep.
If you’ve been charged with robbery, the lawyers of Cohen & Winters can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.