What is Robbery in Tennessee?
Robbery is generally defined as the knowing theft of property from a person by the threat of violence or by putting the person in reasonable fear of violence. Robbery is a Class C Felony and punishable by 3 to 15 years, as well as fines of up to $10,000.
Aggravated Robbery is defined as the same as Robbery with the addition of the use of a deadly weapon or causing the victim to believe an object is a deadly weapon. It is a Class B Felony and punishable by 8 to 30 years imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $25,000.
Especially Aggravated Robbery is defined as a robbery in which the victim suffered serious bodily injury. It is considered a Class A Felony and is punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Is Robbery the Same as Theft?
No, they are not the same. While theft charges can result is serious consequences, robbery is much more severe in that the use of violence or the threat of the use of violence is used while in the act of depriving the owner of their property. Once the use of, or the threat of use, of a gun or weapon is used, a person is considered to have committed a robbery.
A robbery conviction will result in a felony charge on your record for the rest of your life. In addition to steep court costs and fines, restitution (paying back the alleged victim), jail time and probation, you could be facing the inability to further your education, start a good job, or even finance a home for your family.
If you have been charged with robbery in Tennessee, you need qualified attorneys who will pursue your defense. We at Frank Lannom Law Group will fight for your rights.