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Specific elements must be present for a robbery charge

Many people use the terms burglary and robbery interchangeably; however, these are very different charges. The thing that they have in common is that they have to do with theft of property.

If you are facing a robbery charge, here are the points that you need to know about the charge. Each of these is a potential point that you can call into question if you end up going to trial over the charge.

One aspect of a robbery that must be present is that the victim must have been present at the time of the theft. For example, if you walk up to someone in a parking lot and demand that he or she hands you money, this is a robbery.

It is possible that a robbery is aggravated if there is a weapon or perceived weapon involved. Brandishing a gun when you demand money would be an aggravated robbery. If the person thinks that you have a gun, even if you don't, will also be considered aggravated.

You may also face an aggravated robbery charge if the victim is injured in the course of the theft. Even a minor injury, such as a scratch or bruise, can lead to an aggravated charge.

The robbery must deprive someone of his or her belongings without his or her consent and include a threat or use of force. A person who loans you money without any threats or force from you isn't the victim of a robbery, even if you don't repay him or her right away.

Robbery charges must be taken seriously. You need to break down the case against you to determine how you can handle your defense strategy.

Source: FindLaw, "Robbery Overview," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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