Basic InformationIn Louisiana, Armed Robbery is defined as the taking or stealing of anything of value from another person, without their consent, by the use of force or intimidation, while armed with a dangerous weapon like a gun or a knife. The severity of an armed robbery charge in Baton Rouge and the rest of Louisiana depends on several criteria:
- Whether you have any prior criminal history
- Whether you have any prior violent crime offenses
- The type of weapon used in the alleged crime
- Whether anyone sustained any injuries in the course of the robbery
- The severity of those injuries
- The value of property stolen
In the state of Louisiana, armed robbery is classified as a violent crime. Because of this classification, the consequences are much more severe for armed robbery than for other, non-violent crimes. Additionally, local law enforcement aggressively pursues and investigates violent crimes. Between the vigorous pursuit of these crimes by law enforcement and the increased attention paid to these crimes by the media, violent crimes are the most serious type of crime with which you can be charged.
Armed Robbery PenaltiesAccording to LA R.S. 14:64, a person convicted of armed robbery will be "imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years and for not more than ninety-nine years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence."
This means that if you are convicted of this crime, you will end in prison for at least ten years, but it could end up being for the rest of your life if people were injured during the alleged robbery or if you have any prior violent crime convictions. Additionally, you will have no hope of shortening the prison term through parole or probation, as you would with many other crimes. In short, it is absolutely imperative that you find a qualified Louisiana armed robbery attorney who will work to keep you free.
Armed robbery cases can be complicated and difficult to litigate, in addition to being aggressively pursued by investigators and prosecutors. If you have been charged with armed robbery in Louisiana, you need a skilled and knowledgeable armed robbery defense attorney. Without the help of one, you have little chance of winning your case, if it goes to trial. At Daniels & Washington, we will conduct our investigation into the details of the alleged robbery to determine the most appropriate defense. Frequently, the prosecution's eye-witnesses make mistakes and accuse the wrong person of the robbery -- if this happened to you, we will investigate and find other witnesses to support your side of the story. Whatever your exact case, we will work with you to help protect your rights and your freedom.
Choose the experienced Louisiana violent crime and armed robbery lawyers at Daniels & Washington. Call us today to schedule your free armed robbery defense consultation.