Robbery is the direct taking of property from the person of another by use of force, threat of force, intimidation or fear.
When a deadly weapon is used in the commission of the robbery or the victim suffers injury as a result of the robbery, the crime will be charged as a felony under the penal law category of armed robbery or aggravated larceny, both of which carry serious prison time.
Examples of robbery are purse snatching, car jacking, the “mugger” who takes a wallet or piece of jewelry, or even the kid who threatens to beat up another kid if he doesn’t hand over his lunch money.
While the penalties are severe, the defense will try to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor on the grounds the case possesses mitigating factors such as the defendant having returned the stolen property or the defendant having little or no criminal history. Defense counsel can also argue mitigating factors at the time of sentencing.