Criminal Defense in New York – First, Second and Third Degree Robbery Charges

Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take someone’s property without their permission. The crime often involves weapons or the threat of violence.

Types of Robbery Charges under New York Criminal Law

New York divides robbery into three categories: first degree, second degree and third degree robbery.

First degree robbery

First degree robbery is the most serious, and is a Class B felony. The penalties for this crime may include up to 25 years in prison.  First degree robbery means that:
•The accused stole someone’s property.
•The accused caused dreadful injury to the victim.
•The accused used a deadly weapon, like a gun or a knife.

Second degree robbery

Second degree robbery is a Class C felony. A robbery is classified as second degree if accomplices are present.  For instance, the driver of a getaway car for a bank robbery might not enter the bank, but helps commit the crime. Second degree robbery carries a 15 year maximum prison term.

Robbery that results in injury from a deadly weapon, but not death or serious injury, is second degree robbery. Vehicle theft is also second degree robbery.

Third degree robbery

Third degree robbery is a Class D felony, and is the least serious from of robbery in New York City. Third degree robbery occurs when a criminal uses force or weapons to take someone’s property. The penalties for this crime include up to seven years of prison time.

Criminal Defense Attorney New York

If you have been charged for robbery in New York, then contact a criminal defense attorney. Attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr., a criminal defense attorney in New York, has legal experience and a record of success. Contact Attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr. at 212-564-2440.

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