Robbery Charges Defense Attorneys
Trusted robbery defense lawyers serving Fairfax, VA and surrounding areas
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, robbery is a very serious criminal offense. Accused parties should not try to defend robbery charges on their own. Classified as a violent offense, a conviction for robbery could result in significant jail time. In fact, robbery convictions are subject to strict minimum mandatory sentencing rules. If convicted of robbery or carjacking, you will spend time behind bars.
At Leary Porter Law, our experienced robbery defense lawyers believe that every client deserves strong and sophisticated legal representation. You can trust our lawyers to protect your rights. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with robbery or any related offense in Fairfax or Manassas, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team for immediate assistance.
Understanding the Robbery Laws in Virginia
It is important to understand the difference between a robbery charge and a theft charge. In the most simple terms, robbery is theft with the additional legal element of the actual or threatened use of force. To obtain a robbery conviction in Virginia, prosecutors must be able to establish the following three elements of the crime:
- A defendant acted without the property owner’s permission;
- Money or property was taken from the victim; and
- Force or intimidation was used to unlawfully acquire that property.
This is a serious crime. Under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 18.2-58), robbery is a felony punishable by five years to life in prison. Anyone facing a robbery charge needs to hire a top-rated defense lawyer immediately.
Carjacking is Subject to Heightened Penalties
Theft of a motor vehicle through the use of force or intimidation (carjacking) is a separate offense. It should be noted that the crime of ‘carjacking’ is subject to especially severe penalties under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 18.2-58.1). If convicted of carjacking, a defendant could face fifteen years to life in prison. There is no such thing as a misdemeanor carjacking offense. A single offense of this nature could lead to a very lengthy prison sentence.
Why Choose the Robbery Defense Attorneys at Leary Porter Law
Are you facing robbery charges in Virginia? You need an experienced, trusted criminal defense attorney on your side. At Leary Porter Law, we have advocated for the rights of defendants for nearly two decades — successfully handling cases in every jurisdiction in Northern Virginia. When you hire our law firm, you will get a defense attorney who will:
- Conduct a strictly private review the robbery charges;
- Explain the case and answer your most important questions;
- Work to obtain all relevant and potentially exonerating evidence; and
- Build the most effective legal defense strategy.
Our clients always receive fully personalized legal representation. We will craft a legal defense that is narrowly tailored to suit your specific situation. In some cases, this means mounting an aggressive defense against false robbery charges. Our trial-tested Virginia defense lawyers are prepared to fight zealously to protect your rights. In other cases, we focus on reducing penalties, keeping our clients out of jail and protecting their future.
Speak to Our Virginia Robbery Defense Lawyer Today
At Leary Porter Law, we are committed to providing strong and skillful legal representation to defendants. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with robbery in Virginia, you need professional legal support. To schedule a fully confidential initial consultation, please contact our legal team right away. With offices in Fairfax and Manassas, we serve communities all over Northern Virginia, including in Prince William County and Loudoun County.