In Georgia, a robbery may be a simple robbery, armed robbery or robbery of a pharmacy. Facing an armed robbery charge may lead to the most severe repercussions and sentencing out of the three charges.
It is important that defendants understand the penalties faced for committing a robbery in Georgia and the factors that impact the type of charges encountered.
Penalties for simple robbery
Simple robbery constitutes a theft that involves intimidation, threats or physical force to take property or money; however, the offender must not display or use any weapon during the crime.
A simple robbery results in a felony charge unless the value of the property taken was below $500. In Georgia, the penalties include paying a fine between $1,000 to $10,000 and serving a sentence of one to 20 years in prison. If victims are 65 years or older then the sentence range is five to 20 years.
Penalties for armed robbery
Armed robbery represents any theft that includes intimidation or threats while holding a weapon. This sentencing comprises both situations where the person shows or uses a weapon. It is important to note that using a toy that looks like a weapon may still lead to an armed robbery charge.
The penalty for committing armed robbery might include paying a fine between $1,000 to $10,000 and a sentence between five to 20 years behind bars; however, depending on the circumstances of the case, armed robbery may lead to a sentence of life in prison.
Penalties for robbing a pharmacy
Georgia has a third type of charge known as robbery of a pharmacy, which adds additional penalties for attempting to rob a pharmacy and a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. If the offender intentionally injured a person while committing the robbery the charge may include a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Committing a robbery in Georgia has the potential to be a felony offense. It may result in a number of penalties and significant prison time.