If you have been accused of an armed or unarmed robbery, you need an experienced attorney with the knowhow to win in court. Call the Law Office of Steven R. Hunter today at 312-466-9466 to schedule a consultation.
A person commits robbery when he or she takes property, except a motor vehicle covered by Section 18‑3 or 18‑4, from the person or presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force. (See 720 ILCS 5/18‑1). Robbery is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 3 to 7 years in prison. If the robbery is committed with a firearm or dangerous weapon it becomes Armed Robbery. Armed Robbery is a Class X felony which carries a sentencing range of 6 to 30 years in prison if no firearm is used. If a firearm is present, add 15 years, 20 years if it is discharged, and 25 years if someone is hurt or killed.
Even a minor taking of property, like a cheap watch or few dollars, will suffice for robbery. Steven R. Hunter has defended many people who essentially won a fist fight, only to be charged with Armed Robbery when the loser claimed something was taken from him by a his adversary, and that that person hit him with an object.
Robbery and Armed Robbery charges have many defenses. Mistaken identity is the most common, but a skilled attorney may also defeat a robbery claim by showing that nothing was taken. To find out what defense is right for you or your loved one, call the Law Office of Steven R. Hunter today to schedule an office consultation.