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How does Georgia law treat robbery charges?

Robbery is considered a serious and often violent crime across the United States. However, each state has its own specific laws on the consequences of a robbery charge. Of course, petty theft and armed robbery are very different crimes; therefore, they have differing consequences.

Robbery laws in Georgia are strict because they criminalize any type of force or threat used in order to gain possession of another person's property. Therefore, even a threat that is made as a joke could be a criminal act if the recipient treats the threat seriously.

Nonviolent robbery

Robbery is a criminal act that involves being in the presence of the victim when the act is taking place. Nonviolent robbery can include verbal threats, intimidation or physical force.

Violent robbery

If threats of bodily harm are used, then the crime becomes an act of armed robbery, even if no weapon is present. If weapons are used, it is still a serious offense to use an unloaded gun or a toy gun in the robbery.

The consequences of robbery

If a person is charged with any robbery crime in Georgia, he or she will receive a felony charge. This is extremely serious because it will result in a prison sentence of one to 20 years in prison, and will affect career prospects in the future. Armed robbery can be punished with life imprisonment or even with capital punishment.

If you are faced with a robbery charge, then you must take the time to consider how your situation applies to the laws in Georgia. It is important to take the charge very seriously and take action as soon as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Robbery Laws," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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