When most people hear the term robbery, theft, or shoplifting they think the same thing, taking something that isn’t yours. In fact its likely that most would think there was only one criminal offense for all these terms. The reality, however, is that the Utah legislature has set up theft, robbery and shoplifting as separate offenses. Robbery for example is defined as taking something that is not yours but doing it by fear or force. That is what makes robbery different from other theft cases is the requirement that the defendant uses force or fear to perpetrate the robbery.
Penalties for Utah Robbery Charges
Most theft offenses are charged based on the amount of the goods stolen, meaning the more the dollar value stolen the higher the offense. Robbery, however, is a different story because it involves violence as well as theft. So instead of robbery being based on the amount stolen it is charged as a second degree felony regardless of how much was stolen. Also because it is an offense that involves violence it is usually prosecuted more heavily and it can be harder to get a good deal. Finally, because there is usually a clear victim in robbery cases, restitution will likely be a part of any agreement or conviction meaning the defendant will have to pay back what was stolen.
Ogden Robbery Attorney | Theft Crimes in Northern Utah
If you have been charged with robbery or any other theft crime then you need to call Ogden Criminal Defense today. We serve all areas of Northern Utah, including Davis county, Ogden, Brigham City, and Logan; and we can help you understand your case and your likely outcomes. We know that this can be a very difficult and trying time and so we will make sure you understand every aspect of your case so you can make an informed decision about your future. Call or email us today for more information.