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Robbery and Criminal Defense


Dealing with accusations of theft and assault

If you are charged with robbery in the state of Ohio, you risk a felony conviction with up to an 8-year prison sentence, depending on the severity of the charge. The lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. concentrate on criminal defense cases like robbery charges, so you benefit from our experience in fighting accusations of theft, threatening behavior or injury.

We understand the nature and the characteristics of different types of theft and robbery. The value of goods and the actions that take place can affect the charges that are brought up and the kinds of penalties you may face.

Two types of robbery

Robbery is the theft of another person’s property by force.  In Ohio, this can result in charges of either robbery or aggravated robbery. Understanding the difference between these two charges can affect time spent in prison, eligibility for parole and the severity of other penalties.

The basic charge of robbery applies when a person commits or attempts to commit a theft offense while in possession or control of a deadly weapon, inflicting or threatening to inflict physical harm on another, or the use or threat of immediate use of force against another. Robbery is a second- or third-degree
felony, punishable by eight years or more in prison depending on the circumstances.

Aggravated robbery

Aggravated robbery is a more serious felony charge with harsher penalties if you are convicted. Contributing factors, such as the following, can elevate a charge to aggravated robbery:

  • Displaying, brandishing or using a deadly weapon
  • Having a dangerous ordnance on one’s person
  • Causing serious physical harm during the incident
  • Taking a law enforcement officer’s weapon

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, carrying penalties of 11 years in prison or more.

Petty and grand theft

In addition to the manner of theft, the value of the property stolen can affect the case.

Charge Degree Value of Property Stolen Maximum Punishment
Petty Theft Misdemeanor 1 Less than $1,000 180 days jail/$1,000 fine
Grand Theft Felony 5 $1,000 – $7,500 * 1year prison/$2,500 fine
Grand Theft Felony 4 $7,500 – $150,000 ** 18 months prison/$5,000 fine
Grand Theft Felony 3 $150,000 – $750,000 *** 3 years prison/$10,000 fine
Grand Theft Felony 2 $750,000 – $1,500,000 8 years prison/$15,000 fine
Grand Theft Felony 1 $1,500,000 and up 11 years prison/$20,000 fine

* Or certain property regardless of value, such as credit cards, checks, bank forms, license plates, certain bulk merchandise, and other financial related documents

** Or motor vehicles, dangerous drug

*** Or firearm or dangerous ordnance, police dog, police horse, other assistance dog, dangerous drug with prior drug abuse conviction, anhydrous ammonia

Contact our experienced Columbus attorneys if you are facing robbery charges

Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. is a law firm with experienced attorneys ready to defend you when you are accused of robbery. Call our downtown Columbus office at 614.224.6142 or complete our contact form to set up an appointment. We can meet evenings and weekends if necessary to discuss the charges you’re facing.

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