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Defending Against Robbery Charges in San Fernando

A robbery involves the theft of property belonging to another through the use of force, intimidation or threats. Unlike theft, which can involve a crime without the victim being present, a robbery intimately involves a person getting robbed through the use of force. Charges for a robbery are serious and it is always charged as a felony in California. A good lawyer can negotiate the case and may be effective in reducing the charges to misdemeanor charges or changing the charge to a lesser charge. Any robbery committed with the use of a firearm automatically becomes a felony.

When facing these serious charges it is best to consult with a San Fernando criminal defense attorney to safeguard your rights. A conviction can result in consequences you do not want to face, including:

  • Prison time (robbery with a gun carries a minimum of 12 years in prison)
  • Probation
  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Other punishments

Under California law, any robbery conviction is a strike for purposes of the three strikes law. A skilled lawyer may reduce the punishment to involve mandatory rehab programs and even avoid any jail or prison time.

Many people are not aware that a simple shoplifting case or petty theft can become a robbery if there is a physical altercation during the incident. This is called an "Estes" robbery in California based upon the case of People v. Estes. Don't let what should be a simple misdemeanor ruin the rest of your life. Any robbery conviction is a strike in California. It can send you to prison. And worse, if you have been convicted of a robbery, any subsequent felony becomes a second strike. Get the facts from lawyers who know the law.

As all individuals are innocent until proven guilty, never admit to anything when arrested. You are innocent until proven guilty; no matter what law enforcement might tell you. And you do not have to answer any of their questions, which can easily be used to trip you up later during a trial. When facing these charges, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens right away.

Fighting For Your Legal Rights in San Fernando Valley & Van Nuys

Dealing with robbery charges is a very serious matter that requires a criminal defense lawyer who has the resources and skill to mount an aggressive defense on your behalf. With over 20 years of experience as a criminal trial lawyer, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens can provide you with personalized service throughout the San Fernando Valley and Van Nuys. To ensure you obtain the best possible outcome against your charges, contact our office today.

Have you been charged with robbery? Contact a San Fernando criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens to discuss your case.

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