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Facing charges for robbery? Arrested for taking property or money by force?

Robbery is one of the more serious types of theft crime and if you have been accused of robbery, you need an experienced attorney working on your behalf.

Robbery is defined as taking the property of someone else using force or the threat of force. First- and second-degree robbery are Measure 11 offenses – a conviction will mean an automatic prison sentence of several years.  So, whether you are in Portland, outlying areas of the metro area or anywhere else in the state of Oregon, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney working on your behalf. Attorney Troy Pickard has a long track record of defending theft crimes and he can effectively guide you through the criminal justice system.

How is robbery different from other forms of theft?

Unlike shoplifting, embezzlement or other types of theft, robbery is a more serious crime that involves the use, or threat, of force or violence. Under Oregon law there are three degrees of robbery, each of which is progressively more serious. All forms of robbery are felonies.

  • Robbery in the Third Degree: You may be criminally liable for robbery in the third degree you use, or threaten the immediate use of, physical force while committing a theft, with the intent to prevent or overcome resistance to your theft. Third-degree robbery is a Class C felony, and a typical sentence would range from a few weeks in jail to more than a year in prison, depending on your criminal history.
  • Robbery in the Second Degree: This offense is an extension of robbery in the third degree and requires all of the same elements to be met plus the additional requirement that, during the robbery, you made it seem like you were armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon; or if someone physically at the scene of the robbery helps you commit the robbery. Second-degree robbery is a Class B felony, and the Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentence is 5 years and 10 months in prison, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Robbery in the First Degree: Like second degree robbery, this offense requires that you committed robbery in the third degree and at least one of the following additional acts: you were actually armed with a deadly weapon; that you used or attempted to use a dangerous weapon; or that you caused or tried to cause serious physical injury to any person. Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years and six months in prison.

Because of the serious nature of robbery crimes and the potential punishments, you need a criminal attorney with experience in defending complicated theft and violence cases. Judges have very little ability to adjust their sentencing practices under the strict confines of Measure 11 and you don’t want to take the chance of facing the criminal justice system without a well qualified criminal defense team on your side.  

What are some defenses to robbery charges?

There are many different defenses that a creative criminal defense attorney may be able to raise on your behalf. Some of these potential defenses include:

  • Consent: in some cases you may have had a right to take or be in possession of the property you are accused of taking.  
  • Mistake: You may have been honestly mistaken about whose property you were taking, in which case you would be able to challenge the government’s claim about your intent.
  • Intoxication: Because robbery charges require the government to prove your intent, you may be able to argue that you were too intoxicated to form the required intent.

Attorney Troy Pickard has a long track record of combating various theft charges. He knows how the local prosecutors and judges operate and he can provide you with compassionate, effective and reasonably priced representation. Call today for a free consultation at (503) 592-0606.

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