Armed robbery involves holding up a person, store, or other individual or business using a weapon. This offense is considered a more severe crime than robbery without a weapon, even if no harm is caused during the robbery, because of the greater threat that the act poses to others. While a firearm is often the weapon in question in an armed robbery case, possessing any dangerous weapon during a robbery could lead to an armed robbery charge.
Armed Robbery Charges & Penalties
In the state of Illinois, armed robbery is a very serious offense that is prosecuted heavily. Although robbery may sometimes be classified as a misdemeanor, armed robbery is always considered a felony in the state of Illinois. More specifically, it is typically classified as a Class X felony offense. If you are convicted of your criminal charge, your court sentence could include:
- 6 to 30 years in prison
- Steep fines
- No chance of probation
- Possible extension of prison sentence to 30 to 60 years
The chance of your sentence being increased to include a longer than normal prison sentence depends on the circumstances of your case. If you committed armed robbery and have a lengthy criminal history or someone was injured or killed in the robbery, you may be ordered to serve a prison sentence longer than 30 years.
How We Can Help
A Champaign-Urbana criminal defense lawyer can help to protect your rights while you are facing criminal charges. In addition, he or she can work closely with you throughout your case to build a strong defense and will fight to pursue a reduced sentence or charge on your behalf. We at Bruno Law Offices understand how important a sound defense is to you and we will do all that we can to limit the penalties against you.