Serving Scranton, Clark Summit and Northeastern, PA
Robbery is one of the most common crimes committed in the United States, and depending on the situation, if you are charged with robbery, you could be facing some serious jail or prison time. Hiring a well-established robbery charges defense attorney such as Bill Peters is essential to giving you the best possible chance at preserving your freedom.
It is important to understand all of the elements of robbery because they will influence how a robbery crime is charged.
For a robbery to be committed, it must involve the following:
- The taking of money, property or valuables
- Through violence, intimidation, threats or force
- Taking from another person
- Taking items from a person against their will
Various enhancements to the charges can take place if a gun is involved (armed robbery) or if violence results during the commission of the robbery.
Bill Peters can mount various defenses based on the facts of the case. For example, if a person can show they were forced to commit a robbery under duress, their case has a chance of being dismissed. For this to happen, it must be shown that a person was forced to commit a robbery under the threat of physical violence or death if they did not comply.
Another defense has a rock-solid alibi that proves innocence. If reasonable doubt can be introduced, then a prosecutor may not be able to prove their case. Although it is a lesser-used defense, sometimes the claim of entrapment can also be used as a defense as well.
A theft crimes attorney can also defend you against other related charges
Aside from robbery, there are other forms of theft that you can be charged with. These can include charges such as burglary, embezzlement, forgery, shoplifting or receiving stolen property, among others. A theft crimes attorney such as Bill Peters can also mount equally effective defenses in these instances. In cases where it appears that a conviction may be evident, Mr. Peters can also work on your behalf to strike a plea bargain, minimizing the penalties against you.
The key to getting the best possible representation is to make contact with Mr. Peters as soon as you are aware you are being investigated or as soon as you have been charged.
Peters Law Firm serves clients in Scranton, Clarks Summit, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County and other surrounding Pennsylvania communities.