What is robbery? Robbery is the taking of another person’s personal property through physical force. There are many elements that make up crimes of robbery, such as intent to steal an item from another party, taking personal property from another person, taking against the person’s will, and using threats or force when you do so. There are many robbery defenses somebody might be able to use in a case. We want to help.
What defenses do you have when it comes to your case? Though not all defenses will be successful, others might be able to lessen the crime or amount of time you will spend in jail as a result. Here are some of the most common defenses:
Innocence: Let’s take a look at an example of when innocence might be used as a defense. Say that somebody accused you of a robbery but you can prove that, at the time of the alleged crime, you were in a different state and nowhere near where it happened. The prosecutor’s case might be destroyed from the very start if you can prove this innocence.
Intoxication: If you chose to become intoxicated and then committed a crime, you might not be off the hook. However, you could qualify for a lesser charge. If you were involuntarily intoxicated against your will, however, this could be means for a defense.
Duress: If somebody forced you by threat to commit a crime, then you might be able to use duress as a defense. However, if you could have avoided harm but chose to commit the crime anyway, duress cannot be used.
Lack of Evidence: A prosecutor must be able to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Perhaps the prosecutor does not have evidence against you and cannot prove that you actually committed a crime. This is a reason that a case cannot move forward.
We want to help if you have been accused of a crime that you did not commit or did not happen the way you are being accused. We will stand by your side to help you gain the best results in your case. Call us today for more information at the Law Office of Peter Blair.