A Robbery Charge Can Have Life-Changing Consequences

At The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman, we understand what is at stake given the serious nature of robbery charges in California. From the moment you call our firm about your charges, we will provide you with the tough defense that addresses the evidence brought against you and challenges the prosecution's case.

Elements Of A Robbery Charge

Robbery is defined as the act of taking someone else's property through force or fear, with the intention of keeping that property. Robbery is a felony offense in California, no matter how much money the property is worth, and is heavily prosecuted by Orange County law enforcement.

In order for you to be convicted of robbery, the prosecutor must be able to prove several key elements.

  • Theft of property: You need to have taken property that belonged to someone else and was in their immediate possession or in their presence.
  • Force or fear: You must have exerted force or fear to obtain the property. Courts view these as essentially the same, as the coercive effect of fear acts as a form of force.
  • Permanence: You have to intend on permanently depriving the owner of the property, or taking it for such an extended period of time that the owner is deprived of most of the value or enjoyment of that property.

In order to defend you against these serious accusations, there are several different defense strategies that we have at our disposal. We may try to prove that you did not intend to take or keep the property, that you did not use force or fear, or that you had an honest belief that the property belonged to you. The law does not care if the belief is true or untrue, as long as you honestly believe it. Regardless of the details of the situation, our firm knows how to gather the evidence you need to prove your case.

We Make Your Rights And Your Freedom Our Priority

The penalties for a robbery conviction are life-changing. You may be charged with first-degree robbery if your robbery offense includes the drivers or passengers of a commercial vehicle, people who have just finished using an ATM or if it occurs in an inhabited home. The penalties for a first-degree robbery conviction in Orange County will include up to a nine-year California state prison sentence.

If you are charged with second-degree robbery, you may face up to five years in state prison. Additionally, if you are accused of robbing several people, you may be tried for each instance.

Jacqueline Goodman has extensive experience defending theft crime charges, including robbery. We genuinely care about the outcome of your case, and work tirelessly to get you results.

Get the help you need from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call our office at 866-287-6930 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your options, or reach out online to make an appointment. Flexible payment plans are available.