Murfreesboro Robbery Charge Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with robbery in Tennessee, you are facing serious consequences. Prison time, fines, and the loss of civil rights are just some of the consequences of a felony conviction. It is important to understand robbery charges in order to effectively defend yourself from the serious consequences they carry.
How is Robbery Defined by Tennessee Law?
The Tennessee Code defines three separate offenses: robbery, aggravated robbery, and especially aggravated robbery. Each is classified and punished differently.
The Tennessee Codes Annotated (§39-13-401) defines robbery as the intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear. The statute designates this offense as a Class C felony.
Section 39-13-402 defines aggravated robbery as any robbery that either: (a) is accomplished with a deadly weapon or by the display of any article used or fashioned to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a deadly weapon; or (b) causes the victim to suffer a serious bodily injury. Aggravated robbery is classified as a Class B felony.
Especially Aggravated Robbery
Section 39-13-403 of the Code defines especially aggravated robbery as any robbery that: (1) is accomplished with a deadly weapon, and (2) causes the victim to suffer a serious bodily injury. Especially aggravated robbery is classified as a Class A felony.
What are the Consequences of a Robbery Conviction?
Class C felonies (such as robbery) can be punished by prison terms of three to fifteen years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. Class B felonies (such as aggravated robbery) can result in a sentence of eight to thirty years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $25,000. Class A felonies (such as especially aggravated robbery) can be punished by fifteen to sixty years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
In addition to your criminal sentence, you will also face the loss of certain civil liberties after a felony conviction. Your rights to vote and serve on a jury will be revoked (unless you are able to successfully petition a court to reinstate them after the appropriate waiting period). Your right to legally own firearms will also be revoked unless a court later reinstates it. In addition to the loss of civil rights, felons also have a more difficult time finding employment and housing. Even financial services (such as credit cards) can be more restrictive for a person with a felony conviction on his or her criminal record.
The Right Defense Lawyers for Murfreesboro Robbery Charges
Any robbery charges carry the potential of a lengthy prison sentence, in addition to the collateral consequences of having a felony conviction on your criminal record. Do not face these consequences on your own. Call (615) 890-1982 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation at Dotson and Taylor. For years, Murfreesboro defendants have trusted our experience and knowledge when their freedom is on the line. Let us fight hard to defend your constitutional rights.