Under Utah code 76-6-301, robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by one to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. In short, robbery is taking something from someone by force or fear. According to the code, robbery occurs when an offender does one of the following:

  • unlawfully and intentionally takes or attempts to take personal property in the possession of an individual from the individual's person, or immediate presence, against the individual's will, by means of force or fear, and with a purpose or intent to deprive the individual permanently or temporarily of the personal property
  • intentionally or knowingly uses force or fear of immediate force against an individual in the course of committing a theft or unauthorized possession of property

Attorney for Robbery Arrests in Salt Lake City, UT

A robbery conviction can have disastrous consequences on a person’s personal and professional life. When someone has been accused of committing robbery, they may face both criminal and civil charges. Criminal convictions show up on background checks, which can make it difficult for offenders to find employment.

If you have been accused of committing a robbery in Salt Lake City, Utah, or the surrounding areas, contact the lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP, at (801) 532-5297 for an initial consultation today. Our lawyers have represented clients charged with both misdemeanor and felony offenses and can work with you toward reaching a positive resolution of your case.

Aggravated Robbery in Utah

Under Utah code 76-6-302, aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life in prison. Aggravated robbery requires the defendant to do the following during the course of the robbery:

  • use or threaten to use a dangerous weapon
  • cause serious bodily injury to another individual
  • take or attempt to take an operable motor vehicle

In order for a robbery offense to be aggravated in Utah, an actual weapon does not necessarily have to be present. The element of using or threatening to use a dangerous weapon can be satisfied by evidence that the person merely claimed to have such a weapon and threatened to use it. For example, if someone places their hand in their pocket and claims to have a gun, this may be considered threatening to use a dangerous weapon although a gun may not have been used in the actual commission of this crime. This is defined in Utah code 76-1-101.5, where "dangerous weapon" can mean a representation of the item, if the actor represents to the victim verbally or in any other manner that the actor is in control of such an item.

Lawyer for Robbery Charges in Salt Lake City

If you are facing robbery or aggravated robbery charges, it’s important to get the assistance of experienced criminal defense lawyers who understand the laws involved and how to approach a case to limit the serious repercussions.

Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat at (801) 532-5297 today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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