If you or a loved one has been accused of robbery, you could be facing serious penalties. Robbery is a type of theft crime which involves forcefully taking a personal belonging from an individual. This could be through threats of violence or actual violence, anything which causes the victim to fear for their safety or even life. Under the Minnesota Statutes Section 609.24, simple robbery is taking the personal property of another through violence or threats of violence.
A classic example of simple robbery is purse-snatching. Even if the victim does not put up a fight, a certain level of force must have been present in order for them to feel as though they had to give up their belongings. If found guilty of this offense, the defendant could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $20,000.
In some cases, the crime is viewed so seriously that it constitutes aggravated robbery. A charge of first degree aggravated robbery will be brought against anyone who was accused of robbing with a dangerous weapon. Even if they did not have a weapon but made the victim believe that they did by carrying a similar article, they could still be guilty of first degree aggravated robbery.
If the robbery resulted in serious bodily injury to the victim, they could also be a first degree offense. The penalties for this serious type of robbery include up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $35,000. A second degree aggravated robbery charge could be brought against someone who said or implied that they had a deadly weapon. If convicted of second degree robbery, you could be facing up to 15 years in prison as well as a $30,000 fine.