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How can theft be upgraded to robbery?

How can theft be upgraded to robbery?

When an individual steals from another party in the state of Georgia, they may be facing theft charges. While the consequences of being convicted of a theft crime are quite serious, an upgraded robbery charge is even more serious and has greater penalties. The difference between theft and robbery is that theft crimes only consist of the act of an individual taking property that is not rightfully theirs.

Theft Charges in Georgia

There are several different types of theft in the state of Georgia. Some of the theft categories include the following:

  • Theft by taking
  • Theft by shoplifting
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft by conversion
  • Theft of services
  • Theft of lost or mislaid property

When a person is convicted of a misdemeanor theft crime, they may face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1000.

Robbery Charges in Georgia

Robbery, on the other hand, is the use of force to take property that does not belong to the individual. Violent crimes are taken very seriously in Georgia. When Robbery can consist of a number of different acts while attempting to take property from another person, including:

  • Inflicting bodily harm on another
  • Threatening bodily harm to another
  • Threatens to commit or actually commits a felony of the first or second degree
  • Threatening to hurt or actually hurting a third party in an effort to intimidate the victim of the robbery
  • Physically removing or taking property from a victim’s person through the use of force
  • Stealing money from a financial institution (i.e. a bank) without permission by demand

If convicted of robbery, an individual will be facing serious consequences that can have a significant impact on the rest of their life. Violent crimes can result in fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record that may not be eligible for an expungement. Any robbery charge that a person faces is very serious and it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are charged with this crime.

Regardless of whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, a theft or a robbery, it is necessary to have a legal team that is committed to fighting for your future. Contact Alfred Law Firm, LLC today.

Alfred Law Firm, LLC is proud to serve clients in Georgia when they face legal matters related to family law and criminal defense. When legal issues arise, it is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney that can help you obtain a favorable outcome. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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