If you have been charged with robbery in Ohio, you are probably worried about how your arrest is likely to impact your future. Will you go to prison? Will you have to live the rest of your life with a permanent criminal record?
Before you become too panicked, however, it is important to remember that you can only be punished if the prosecution can successfully convict you. As such, it is in your best interest to make their job as challenging as possible. The experienced Dayton criminal lawyers here at Suhre & Associates, LLC can help you do just that.
Why You Should Hire a Suhre & Associates, LLC, Attorney to Help You with Your Robbery Case
The lawyers here at Suhre & Associates, LLC, are committed to fighting tirelessly on behalf of our valued clients. When you come to us for assistance with your robbery case, we will:
Provide You with Astute Legal Advice
During your robbery case, you have to make a lot of difficult decisions. If you choose wisely, you can potentially improve your chances of attaining a favorable outcome to your case.
Having represented countless robbery clients over the years, our lawyers have come across just about every challenging situation you are likely to encounter during your case. When you get stuck and aren’t sure what to do, we will be by your side to provide you with guidance and advice.
Gather Evidence to Help Your Case
Sometimes, the best way to fight back against a robbery charge is to prove that you could not have committed the crime. To do so, however, you will need plenty of proof.
The attorneys here at Suhre & Associates, LLC, have been defending clients against robbery charges for years. We know exactly where to look to find exculpatory evidence. When you hire us, we can review surveillance footage, interview witnesses, and scour through electronic records to try to find proof of your innocence.
Negotiate with the Prosecuting Attorney on Your Behalf
The prosecutor who is handling your case may not want to take it all the way to trial. They may prefer to resolve the matter using a plea bargain agreement. If you are interested in exploring such a deal, you will need an experienced negotiator on your side to work out its terms.
Our legal team has been working out plea bargain deals with Ohio prosecutors for years. As such, we know all of the best techniques to use to convince them to improve their offers. When you hire us, you can be confident that you will be well-represented at the negotiating table.
Would you like to have a Suhre & Associates, LLC, defense attorney help you with your robbery case? If so, just give us a call and set up a free consultation at our Dayton, OH, law office. We would love to meet with you to learn more about your case.
Defining Robbery Under Ohio Law
In jurisdictions that operate a common-law criminal justice system, robbery can be broadly defined as using fear or force to take the property of another person. Since the state of Ohio operates a civil law legal system, its definitions of robbery are codified in the Ohio Revised Code, as follows:
- Be in possession of a deadly weapon
- Inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict physical harm on another individual
- Use or threaten the use of force against another individual
Anyone who violates this law may be arrested and charged with robbery. In the state of Ohio, offenses of this nature are generally classified as felonies of the second or third degree.
Muggings in which the threat of force or the threat of violence are used to take someone’s belongings are probably the most common example of an offense that can be prosecuted under this statute.
According to section 2911.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, it is illegal to do any of the following while committing or attempting to commit a theft offense:
- Be in possession of a deadly weapon and display it, brandish it, use it, or make the victim aware of its presence
- Be in possession of a dangerous ordnance
- Inflict or attempt to inflict serious physical harm to another individual
This statute further states that it is unlawful to knowingly remove or attempt to remove a deadly weapon from a law enforcement officer if:
- The law enforcement officer is acting within the scope of their duties, and
- The offender has reasonable cause to know that their victim is a law enforcement officer
People who violate this law may face aggravated robbery charges. Offenses of this nature are generally punishable as a felony of the first degree.
An individual who has been involved in a bank robbery or an armed robbery of a retail establishment is likely to be charged with this offense.
The attorneys here at Suhre & Associates, LLC, are experts in all areas of Ohio criminal law. If you have been charged with robbery or aggravated robbery, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We would love to help you fight back against your charges.
Consequences of a Robbery Conviction in Ohio
People who are convicted of robbery offenses in the state of Ohio can face a broad range of negative consequences. These consequences fall into two main categories – criminal and collateral:
Criminal Consequences of Ohio Robbery Convictions
The criminal punishments doled out for robbery convictions in Ohio are largely dependent on the statute that the offender has violated:
Punishments for Robbery Convictions
The state of Ohio usually classifies robbery as a felony of the second or third degree. Individuals who are found guilty of a third-degree felony in the Buckeye State may be punished in the following ways:
- Imprisonment of up to 5 years
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Community service
- House arrest
Meanwhile, a person who is convicted of a second-degree felony in Ohio can face the following punishments:
- Imprisonment of up to 8 years
- A fine of up to $15,000
- Community service
- House arrest
Punishments for Aggravated Robbery Convictions
In Ohio, aggravated robbery is typically classified as a felony of the first degree. As such, anyone who is convicted of this offense may face the following punishments:
- Imprisonment of up to 10 years
- A fine of up to $20,000
- Community service
- House arrest
Collateral Consequences of Ohio Robbery Convictions
Individuals who are convicted of robbery in Ohio don’t just have to pay a fine or spend time in prison. They are also given a permanent criminal record. This record can cause them to have a wide range of collateral consequences, such as:
- Difficulty finding housing
- Difficulty finding a job
- The loss of a professional license
- Difficulty obtaining student loans
- Difficulty obtaining grants
Do you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight back against your robbery charge? If so, please contact the Suhre & Associates, LLC, team today. We are always ready, willing, and able to stand up and defend our friends and neighbors here in Dayton, OH.
Defenses Against Ohio Robbery Charges
Robbery defendants in the state of Ohio cannot be punished unless the state can convict them. The best way to prevent that from happening is with the help of a well-thought-out defense strategy. A brief list of some of the most effective strategies in robbery cases would include:
Duress or Coercion
If a defense attorney can show that their client took part in the robbery because their life was threatened, they may be able to get the charge dropped. Such a claim is easier to prove if the defendant has text messages or other written communication that details the threats.
Robbers often wear masks to obscure their face when committing a crime. As such, it is not uncommon for witnesses to mistakenly identify the person or people who committed the crime. If a lawyer can show that their client was mistakenly identified, they may be able to get the case against them dismissed.
Lack of Evidence
To convict someone of robbery, the state of Ohio must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. To do so, they generally need lots of evidence. If an attorney can successfully claim that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to convict their client, they should be able to get the case thrown out.
Would you like a Suhre & Associates, LLC, lawyer to help you devise an effective defense strategy for your case? Contact us today to get started.
Your Dayton Robbery Defense Attorneys
When the people of Dayton need an attorney to help them fight back against their robbery charge, they know that there is only one law firm they need to turn to – Suhre & Associates, LLC. We have the knowledge and experience to handle just about any case, no matter how complex it may be. To have us represent you throughout your robbery case, just give us a call and schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.